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shuttlesewer
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From: Melbourne,Fl. USA
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posted 04-29-2015 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for shuttlesewer   Click Here to Email shuttlesewer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years ago I bought a patch at an antique store in Titusville. It's got a royal blue outer border and an orange inner border. Besides "Shuttle Crew Escape Team" on the top and "Crew Survivability First" on the bottom, it has two words on the left: "Launch Orbit" and on the right "Enter Home."

Astronauts are embroidered in the middle in orange and black. Any ideas of date of issue? Rarity?

usafspace
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posted 04-29-2015 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for usafspace   Click Here to Email usafspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a patch similar to that. It's about a 5.5" oval patch "Pole Cats, Shuttle Crew Escape System."

SparkR_13
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posted 08-16-2016 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SparkR_13   Click Here to Email SparkR_13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was wondering if anyone had any information on this patch? Can it be tied into any specific group or division out o KSC? As per original question, issue time frame? Perhaps it is to changes post Challenger in 86? Thanks.

Orthon
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posted 08-16-2016 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Orthon   Click Here to Email Orthon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't imagine how uncomfortable I would be wearing this patch. History has taught us that there never was much of a chance of survival under most circumstances.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 08-17-2016 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The above patch was worn by the close out crew at KSC, not sure when they started wearing the patch, but for the last Shuttle flights they did.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 08-17-2016 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not recall seeing or knowing about this particular shuttle crew escape team patch depicted here.

It may have originated from NASA's Johnson Space Center, however, it was not worn by any of the primary seven closeout crew members on launch morning of STS-135 in July 2011, that I can see. But six of the seven closeout team (all but #2) did have their older "Astronaut Closeout Crew" patch that my firm had produced for the teams going back to the 1990s.

The orbiter closeout members usually have our 5"-long patch, embroidered in colors of white, black, blue and red, attached to their upper right-hand arm shoulder.

In addition to the standard astronaut closeout crew patch for the former LSOC and USA, sometimes other patches have been worn by closeout members, including two others that my firm had produced for other organizations.

SparkR_13
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posted 08-17-2016 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SparkR_13   Click Here to Email SparkR_13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information. Like all puzzles, each little piece makes it whole.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2016 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch was worn on the right shoulder of the United Space Alliance techs who assisted the astronauts with getting suited up before heading out of the O&C and boarding the Astrovan.

The techs would also load the helmets onto the Astrovan, which is where I (and perhaps Jacques) remember seeing it.

The earliest use of the patch I can find in photos is STS-114, which would make sense given the focus being placed on crew safety after the loss of Columbia.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 08-17-2016 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert is right, that is were I saw them. I mixed them up with the close out crew.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 08-17-2016 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now I see, as I knew they were not used for the closeout crew members, but were worn by some/or most of the suit techs.

My firm was never involved with any suit tech patches, but I am still thinking the shuttle crew escape team patch may have originated from JSC's flight crew support division under a contract with USA.

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