Ricky Arnold isn’t the only part of Frostburg State that will be in space this year. A mission patch designed by Frostburg art and design major Donovan Carter will be on its way to the International Space Station in June. I don’t think I got excited, really, until I heard about the alumni being launched into space with my badge, so That’s like double representation for Frostburg so I was like ‘OK!’ Donovan won the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission Design Competition with his Maryland-inspired design. The patch represents the University System of Maryland for SSEP Mission 12. A print-out of the patch is expected to liftoff on June 9th The mission itself includes several student space experiments that will be delivered to the Space Station where Ricky will be on board through August. Ricky graduated from Frostburg State in 1985 and is spending his second tour in space completing science experiments, STEM lessons and spacewalks. Donovan grew up in Baltimore County and is proud of his Maryland flag-inspired design. When I started thinking about it I knew I wanted it to be in a badge, shield-ish shape but I wanted to make it more like make it more Maryland! I took part of the Maryland flag design the cross part of it and I focused on this part in particular and what I did was I put it on each of the corners of the badge and I put it in the center of it top and bottom Donovan credits his advanced illustration instructor Associate Professor Jamison Odone for giving him the skills and the feedback necessary for a winning design. When I originally completed it it was different It had — instead of a rocket it had a microscope But he instructed me — If it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would have won He instructed me to change it to a rocket something more traditional Donovan hopes before Ricky returns to Earth, he will have a chance to see his patch and autograph it. That’ll be the full package!