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|carl walker||European Space Agency (ESA) release |
Luca Parmitano flying high
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is set to fly to the International Space Station in 2013, and his mission came a step a closer with the unveiling of his mission name and mission patch today.
Luca will spend six months on the International Space Station on Expedition 36/37 under an agreement with Italy's ASI space agency and NASA.
Credit: European Space Agency
A competition was opened for Italian residents to suggest a mission name and logo. Luca took time out from his busy training schedule in the run-up to his mission to present the winning entries.
32 year-old Norberto Cioffi sent in the winning mission name 'Volare', meaning 'to fly' in Italian. The name symbolises the search for new frontiers and opportunities for discovery.
The winning logo was designed by 28-year-old Ilaria Sardella from San Giorgio Ionico in Southern Italy.
The logo was chosen because it contains many elements of Luca's mission: the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly him to the orbital outpost, the Station itself and the colours of the Italian flag.
The orbits represent humans' desire to travel beyond Earth and the Sun as well as our curiosity for knowledge. Both winners of the competition will travel to Star City to follow Luca's training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow, Russia.
The winners were announced at an event in Rome with Luca and the president of ASI.
Luca joined ESA's astronaut corps in 2009. Follow the astronaut's blog for regular updates on his training as well as updates from other ESA astronauts.
|spaceman||Great design with all of the essential elements and best wishes for the mission Luca. I was hoping to have a go at the naming competition. I'm sure in the past they have been open to residents of ESA member countries. 'renaISSance' was going to be my suggestion continuing with the 'ISS' in the name theme;the Italian connection with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.|
|Apollo 8||My compliments to the patch designers Noberto Cioffi and Illaria Sardella! Wonderful! - I hope, I will be able to buy one of these "Volare" patches.|
And: Good luck and Godspeed to our ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano for his journey next year! The Italians are our neighbours south of the Austrian border.
|MSS||What is a patch on Luca's right shoulder from this photo?|
|carl walker||I asked Luca, and this was his answer: |
"The patch you see on my left arm in this picture is a "Special Edition" from an Italian fan club called ARSV (Amici Reparto Sperimentale Volo - Friends of the Experimental Test Wing). They are aviation enthusiasts with a knack for test airplanes, and their mascot is Wily Coyote - because he's always trying new things that he builds himself. The normal patch has a Typhoon aircraft on a black background, with the exhaust gas making an Italian flag. When I was assigned to a Soyuz flight, they made a special edition just for me, with the Soyuz (superimposed on an F104 Starfighter) and a background of the Earth."
|MSS||Thanks Carl very much. Here is the original ARSV patch and patch for Luca photo. |
|Gonzo||Why does his ESA patch, on his right chest, only have 18 flags?|
The current version of that patch has 19, and with Poland just joining, there will be 20. If memory serves...
|carl walker||The 18-flag patch is probably the one he was issued with back in 2009. Since then, yes we updated the patch to 19 states (ready for Andre Kuipers' flight) and now we are updating again for the Poland entry. Luca's training suits can be seen with the old 18 flag version, but he will be issued with a 20-flag patch before he launches.|
|Apollo 8||I want to buy one of these beautiful "Volare" patches for my collection. Are these patches available commercially anywhere?|
|Robert Pearlman||Luca Parmitano discusses the choice of mission names and the design of the Volare patch in this video from the European Space Agency:|
|carl walker|| |
quote: The Volare mission patch will not be available commercially unfortunately. They are being produced in a limited run by the Italian space agency (ASI). Some may be available at public events, not known at this time. But the expedition patches and Soyuz patches are available from your regular sources!
Originally posted by Apollo 8:
Are these patches available commercially anywhere?
|Bill Nelson||Is there any indication that ESA will put patches for the Volare mission up for sale? |
Editor's note: Threads merged.
|carl walker||Hi Bill, see note above in this thread.|
quote: Here is 19 states ESA patch at ISS with Luca.
Originally posted by carl walker:
Luca's training suits can be seen with the old 18 flag version, but he will be issued with a 20-flag patch before he launches.
|hoorenz||The Kentavr suits, including patches, had to be completed last December to make the February Progress flight. The 20-flag patch was not ready yet at that time. |
|Robert Pearlman||Here is the Volare patch as seen on orbit (the patch was temporarily placed on Luca Parmitano's spacesuit but will not accompany him outside the space station.|
And via SpacePatches.nl, a close-up of the embroidered patch:
|Russian||As far as I understand there are two versions of this patch with different background. Does somebody has the second version and can share the picture?|
This version has no nylon background... maybe felt one. I saw it in Moscow. My friend got it from the crew. And I think this version is actually aboard.
|hoorenz||You must mean this version. A friend sent me the scan. He received it from Fyodor Yurchikhin, who in turn received it from Luca Parmitano last April.|
|carl walker||There is only one version of the patch produced (officially). The others were test pieces made earlier for the crew. The original ASI artwork (a competition winner) was altered by ASI and the Italian airforce, which was the version produced as a patch in limited numbers. The original artwork can be seen in this thread.|
|MSS||Here is actual photo from August 15, 2013 with 18 states ESA patch at Luca's suit! |
Romania and Poland aren't important for ISS/ESA?
|carl walker||Of course these are important. Romanian and Polish flags have been on ESA's patches since these countries joined. Luca's suits were prepared some time in advance, and the new patch versions were not then available.|
|hoorenz||Just to illustrate how well in advance these Russian suits (including patches and directly embroidered logo's) need to be ready: earlier this Summer, we had to scramble to obtain and prepare some of the artwork for the Russian produced onboard clothing for the Expedition-40 and 41 crews. In order to make the ATV-5 flight next year, they already had to be packed early last month!!!|
|MSS||Is it Volare patch or other one at this video from today? |
|MSS||Luca Parmitano has given this answer: "the Volare patch is the one on my chest."|
Thanks for fast reply to me.
quote: I really like the two material patch, it looks like a vinyl and embroidery. Is there any other patches that uses this combination and is this a "European only" design?
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
And via SpacePatches.nl, a close-up of the embroidered patch