Posted: Aug 29, 2013 4:02 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Updated: Aug 29, 2013 4:03 PM
The second Senator Jon Tester successfully confirmed an order of grain for his ranch, he put down his cell phone and focused his attention on the latest developments inside the Engineering and Physical Science Department at MSU.
The department needs more federal funding. Specifically for parts and labor.
"It's not just a science problem. We need mechanical engineers, we need technical engineers, we need physicists," said a MSU graduate, Tester's guide for the day.
In addition to the workforce, the parts of the technology the students are developing are astounding. The school is developing a satellite that can read and hopefully predict space weather. Their latest one launched 21 days ago and was millions of dollars cheaper than the technology NASA currently uses. They have since been successfully collecting data from space and while they are close to being able to predict space weather they need several of these satellites to do so.
Tester may be able to push for that extra funding the MSU space science program needs.
"This is the kind of research and development we talk about in Washington DC," said Tester. "If i can see this first hand I can bring back real-life examples about how we're not only be benefiting the country through the work satellites but how we are benefiting the next generational leaders of this country, the students who go to school here.
"That's what it's all about," Tester continued. "No doubt money is tight, there's no ifs and or buts about it. There are good programs out there that need to be funded, there are probably programs out there that need to be defunded too but we need to look at the programs that work and are working well so we can go back and advocate for them."