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Voyager1975
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posted 02-06-2009 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone out there know if there is a real difference in the Space Shuttle Program patch that NASA astronauts wore on their light blue flight jackets in the early to mid 1980's and the current AB Emblem Space Shuttle program patch? Is the patch that is out now pretty much the same one that was worn by astronauts in the 80's?

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dogcrew5369
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posted 12-24-2009 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 3" shuttle program patch that I bought at the now defunct Florence, South Carolina air and space museum way back in 1979 at the young age of 8. This is my first patch ever and I still have it!

I am wondering, since I don't remember, if anyone can say who is the manufacturer of this patch pictured below.

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posted 12-31-2009 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sean Collins   Click Here to Email Sean Collins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem probably.

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posted 12-31-2009 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When was the program insignia first introduced and do we know who designed it?

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posted 12-31-2009 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was designed by artist Robert Schulman, who was head of the Special Services Branch at NASA Headquarters. The design was first released in December 1976.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-31-2009 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I was going to ask next if anyone knew how to contact Schulman, but a quick search resulted in the NASA release noting his death in 2004.

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posted 12-31-2009 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Sean Collins:
AB Emblem probably.
Thanks, I thought it might be AB Emblem, but I had to pass it along to more studious people to consider. I still remember the day I got it. I'm sure my parents paid for it considering my age. I will never part with it as it's my most sentimental patch although it is a little worn and slightly tattered looking.

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posted 02-10-2014 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been noticing several variations to the triangular shuttle program patch. How many have you seen? What is the patches status, are they commemorative, commemorating a specific cause like breast cancer; personal, etc.?

Is the triangular patch the official insignia of the shuttle program or is the round Space Shuttle Program insignia the "new official" design, if so when did it change to the round design?

I've found the following so far.

Mike Dixon
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posted 02-10-2014 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's another one I came across a few months back. Standard triangular shape with a really washed out pink as the main color and instead of "Space Shuttle" it has "Endeavour '92".

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posted 02-10-2014 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mike Dixon:
Standard triangular shape with a really washed out pink as the main color and instead of "Space Shuttle" it has "Endeavour '92".
I found another version of the "Endeavour '92" patch Red, White, and Blue border.

Liembo
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posted 02-12-2014 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add a silver bordered variant from an unknown maker to the list.

(disregard, under closer inspection it's merely lacking the gold edge completely)

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posted 02-12-2014 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To the best of my knowledge, other than the official gold border version, all the others were fantasy/souvenir patches produced without NASA's or its contractors' knowledge. I could be wrong, though.

There is also a version (at least in decal form) that has the gold border but the external tank is the burnt orange of the post-STS-2 missions). That too, is not official (but could be spotted around the ET office at Marshall Space Flight Center).

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posted 02-12-2014 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was also a version kicking around on eBay in the past 6 months that I believe said "Space Shuttle Discovery" but otherwise looked like the regular, 3" version.

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posted 02-12-2014 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This one, too:

JBoe
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posted 02-12-2014 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
There is also a version (at least in decal form) that has the gold border but the external tank is the burnt orange of the post-STS-2 missions).
I believe the decal with the burnt orange external tank may possibly be Lockheed Martin's version of the logo patch to signify their Michoud operations. I recently purchased a logo pin with the orange tank from a former employee's family member, but this is my speculation.

DougS
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posted 02-13-2014 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering; was there ever a patch made for the space shuttle facilities while they were being built at Vandenberg AFB (SLC-6) in the 1980s?

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posted 02-13-2014 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See: STS-62A mission and SLC-6 support patches.

DougS
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posted 02-13-2014 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's awesome! Thanks, Robert!

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posted 02-13-2014 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 3 inch program patches with Edwards AFB or Space Shuttle Discovery were mostly used on hats and sold on the East Shore Public Viewing Site. They were also sold by the same groups again at the Edwards AFB Open Houses in the 80's. They were better for those groups to sell since they would work for a lot of landings and they would not get stuck with hats for one single mission if they had used a crew patch.

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