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BMckay
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posted 11-24-2012 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any information on items flown aboard SpaceX's Dragon ending up in collectors hands or on the secondary market?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-24-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This thread mentions that the covers and cards launched on ESA's ATV-3 were returned on Dragon's CRS-1 mission.

SpaceX flew 2,201 individually serialized patches on its first flight of the Dragon (COTS 1) in December 2010. Each came with a personalized certificate attesting to the emblem being flown.


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Ken Havekotte
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posted 02-14-2013 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were 2,500 cloth patches that flew aboard SpaceX/Dragon's first mission to the International Space Station in May 2012.

As reported above, each of the 4" diameter size patches were numbered in a silver metallic thread and attached to an 8x10" certificate, "Flown in Space, Falcon 9 / Dragon * First Mission to Station."

Most have a worker's name printed on it along with a notation, "Patch 0--- of 2500 flown presented to ..."

Each COAs is also hand-signed by Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer for SpaceX.

The spaceflight was the final demonstration mission under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-01-2014 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to the patches flown on Dragon's first flight to the space station, SpaceX produced at least collectibles made with material flown on the mission (COTS-2, or C2+ in May 2012).

As seen recently on eBay:

This limited edition coin commemorates the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) mission (C2+), May 22-31, 2012, when SpaceX's Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft ever to attach to the International Space Station. The coin contains a small portion of Dragon's cargo — a piece of space-flown copper that has been incorporated into the sun on the front side of a small number of custom-minted coins.
This limited-edition mission patch commemorates the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) mission (C2+), May 22-31, 2012, when SpaceX's Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft to attach to the International Space Station. This custom patch contains a portion of one of the three parachutes that brought Dragon safety back to earth at the end of that historic mission.

JBoe
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posted 03-02-2014 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Were there any flown pieces of hardware such as heat shields, cabling, or other "unique" pieces of the Dragon/Falcon 9?

Tom
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posted 03-02-2014 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the commemorative coin available anywhere?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-02-2014 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge, what you see listed on this thread is what exists per flown items. If others know of other pieces, they are welcome to add it here.
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Is the commemorative coin available anywhere?
Again, to my knowledge, these pieces were only presented by the company and not made available to the public.

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