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embangloy
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From: Hendersonville, TN, USA
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posted 09-25-2011 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Growing up in Bakersfield, California presented many opportunities to view a space shuttle landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Financial burdens and military obligations (as an adult), however, prevented me from viewing an actual space shuttle launch. The launch of STS-62A would have afforded me the best opportunity to see a space shuttle launch. Many years later, I entertained the idea of creating my own design for STS-62A.

The design for "STS-62A Revisited" is simple due to the classified nature of the mission. The colors were loosely based upon the colors of the Air Force Achievement Medal and the NASA "meatball" emblem. The white stars within the outer circle represented of each of the astronauts assigned to the mission. The four stars in space represent the space shuttle fleet at the time the STS-62A mission was approved - Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, and Atlantis. (Note - remember that the role of Enterprise was important for the preparation and mock staging for a west coast launch). Discovery's silhouette orbiter over the "North Pole" expresses some ambiguity of its orientation in space, and is accompanied with the red flight path to signify the polar orbit launch. Halley's Comet was added to give an "artistic dating" to the patch.

A limited number of embroidered patches are now available for sale. See here for details.

I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Tim Gagnon and Jorge Cartes for their diligent assistance in making my "STS-62A Revisited" design a reality. Additional recognition is extended to the assigned astronauts of STS-62A, the Bank of Nashville, and the other personnel that made this project possible.

OV-105
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posted 09-25-2011 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like it but the only thing I would change is to move Aldridge and Watterson to a tab which was the norm for the PS's at the time and put Discovery in their place.

328KF
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posted 09-25-2011 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch brings up an interesting trivia question: How many crew patches had two of the same last names on them?

I can think of 61-C, with Pinky and Bill Nelson onboard, but I am sure there are more!

Mike Dixon
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posted 09-25-2011 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I couldn't think of any beyond 61C. You'd have thought that with two Walkers, two Thorntons, two Thomas', two Gregorys, two Richards, two Allens, two McArthurs, three Browns, three Kellys and four Williams you'd have found another pair ... but no .. don't think so

embangloy
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posted 09-25-2011 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OV-105:
I like it but the only thing I would change is to move Aldridge and Watterson to a tab which was the norm for the PS's at the time and put Discovery in their place.

I appreciate the input. I thought and toyed with the idea of the PS tab because I really do like the two-portion patches of the earlier patch making days. I have no regrets and am very pleased with the outcome of this patch. The design was additionally inspired with Bob Crippen's preferences stated in his reply to Tim Gagnon's initial STS-62A designs.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-26-2011 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 328KF:
How many crew patches had two of the same last names on them?
Not quite the same but 61E featured Richard Richards as a PLT. And wasn't Fabian and Bagian named to a Spacelab flight (Spacelab 4/61D)?

astro-nut
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posted 10-01-2011 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the above post the question was asked if John Fabian and Jim Bagian was assigned to the Spacelab 4/61D Flight?

Yes both of them was assigned to that mission along with Vance Brand and Mike Smith. I cannot recall the rest of the crew I will have to look it up in my notes. Thanks.

328KF
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posted 10-01-2011 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Not quite the same but 61E featured Richard Richards as a PLT.
Richards' parents must have had a sick sense of humor!

NavySpaceFan
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posted 10-03-2011 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received mine (#6) today, looks great! Here's the patch and certificate clipped to my cubicle wall at work:

ddrwilli
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posted 10-03-2011 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddrwilli   Click Here to Email ddrwilli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also received mine today; #9 of 100. A beautiful patch, and nicely done!

mama04
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posted 10-06-2011 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mama04   Click Here to Email mama04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patches #3 and 4 arrived today. They are beautiful and very well done. Thank you Eric, highly recommended!

GoesTo11
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posted 10-11-2011 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today and I love it...great job by Eric and everyone involved. I especially like how the overall "look" of the design recalls the elegant simplicity of many of the early mission patches, as well as the finished (merrowed?) edge that seemed to get rarer and rarer as the patch shapes got more complex. Thanks again to everyone who made this one happen.

J Blackburn
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posted 10-11-2011 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today, #14. Great looking patch and certificate. Thanks and a job well done to Eric and all of those involved.

KAPTEC
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posted 10-17-2011 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#9 arrived today. Thank you very much Eric. It's really a beautiful one. (Silver thread has been a great idea)

astro-nut
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posted 10-23-2011 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine (#15) the other day in the mail. Very nicely done and thank you.

p51
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posted 10-23-2011 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any word on if any members of the original (potential) STS-62A crew have seen this and what they think of it? I've often wondered if the crewmembers ever see these alternate patches and what they think of them...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-23-2011 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eric explains why he will neither "confirm nor deny" any of the assigned astronauts approval (or involvement) of his patch in this thread.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-23-2011 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will say when I saw Guy Gardner earlier this year he said he hadn't seen any of Tim's designs. He did mention a possibility that the designs they were looking at may be in his garage, but considering all his moves in the past 25 years, who knows what garage he may be talking about!

Harald Kraenzel
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posted 10-27-2011 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harald Kraenzel   Click Here to Email Harald Kraenzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine (#19) yesterday. Very nicely done and thank you, Eric.

Gilbert
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posted 12-08-2011 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received #25 today. Very nice patch and CoA.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 01-05-2012 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine (#26) today. A superior quality patch and nice addition to any space shuttle patch collection.

Gonzo
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posted 05-16-2012 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my first one a couple weeks ago, 31/100. And Eric sent me a second with COA's for both. I'm traveling on business this week, but my wife told me I got the second and the COA's Monday.

That being said, I'd like to make a plea to everyone. While I understand and agree these aren't "official" patches, they are beautiful and a good addition to any collection. Also note that all profits go to a scholorship fund for space camp. So while I've heard of some concern about the cost of the patch ($10), the profit goes to a good cause and for those of us that share this interest, it's worth helping others.

Also, my first patch is 31/100, but in reality, there were only 86 made, not 100. So there are still plenty of them available! So send Eric an email and buy one knowing you're helping some kid somewhere experience space exploration in a way they may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise.

Gonzo
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posted 05-16-2012 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I stand corrected. There were 100 made. The first 14 were used as gifts to the crew and those involved with making the patch a reality.

J Blackburn
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posted 05-16-2012 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with you 100%, the profit goes for a good cause. Mine was #14 and is a great addition to my collection. In fact it along with the certificate and picture of the crew are framed hanging in my "space cave". I gladly paid the $10 for the patch, it was well worth it!

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