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keith.wilson
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From: Callander, Stirling, Scotland
Registered: Jun 2002

posted 07-30-2005 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keith.wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone point me in the direction of a detailed description of the STS-51C crew insignia design - it's quite a detailed patch but I have been unable to discover what all its features actually mean.

Any help would be appreciated - thanks!

Keith

HouseDadX4
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posted 07-30-2005 01:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STS 51C was the first Department of Defense Dedicated Mission. I do believe that the eagle is a representation of the DOD, and the red, white, and blue trail following the shuttle represents the United States of America. Beyond that, it was difficult to find any information at all.

This one is a good question for all you collectSPACE'rs..

Tom
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posted 07-30-2005 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, if you look at the shuttle itself, only the underside is portrayed... another indication of the "secret" DOD payload it was carrying.

It is very similar to Ken Mattingly's previous shuttle patch (STS-4) which carried a partial DOD payload.

KSCartist
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posted 07-30-2005 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Eagle, shield, arrows, inner border with stars all come from the DoD emblem. The five stars represent each service branch: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Navy Blue background and gold colors are Navy colors. The CDR Ken Mattingly was Navy.

The orbiter is shown with its payload bay hidden from the viewer to illustrate that this was a top secret DoD payload.

Hope this is what you're looking for.

Tim

keith.wilson
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From: Callander, Stirling, Scotland
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posted 07-30-2005 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keith.wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys for the info on this patch - collectSPACE does the business yet again!

Keith

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