Ohio State University launches first satellite into space

Orbital ATK launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, - NASA
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COLUMBUS - The Ohio State University is going out of this world.

OSU launched its first satellite into space on Monday morning.

The Antares rocket launched the satellite and supplies at 4:44 a.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The supply ship is headed to the International Space Station.

The OSU satellite is called the CubeRRT. It's named after the popular "Q-Bert" arcade game of the 80's. It's the size of a shoebox.

The technology on board the CubeRRT is designed to solve a major problem for researchers by breaking through noisy radio transmissions that can interfere with detecting what's happening on Earth from space.

That interference can disrupt data from the natural microwave frequencies Earth emits. Scientists use those frequencies to study soil moisture, sea temperature, sea ice coverage, weather and more.

OSU hopes the CubeRRT’s advanced sensors will demonstrate a new processing technology that will receive Earth's frequencies without interference.

The project leader is Joel Johnson, professor and chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Ohio State.

The CubeRRT will arrive at the ISS on Thursday for further assembly. It will be launched into orbit from the ISS this summer.