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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2015 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On May 6, 2015, SpaceX conducted the first test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a pad abort from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Up to and through the test, SpaceX said there was no mission patch designed for the flight. An emblem though, has now appeared on the company's online shop in the form of a t-shirt design:

At least as today (May 8), SpaceX does not offer the insignia as an embroidered patch.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-08-2015 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice design, and use of a 'lucky' four-leaf clover. A clover was also used in the LM-4 decal/emblem for the Apollo 10 Lunar Module 'Snoopy,' also a test, this time in lunar orbit.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2015 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The clover has appeared on every SpaceX emblem since the fourth Falcon 1 flight in 2008, as that was the company's first successful launch.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-08-2015 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahh, I sense a new tradition/ritual with the coming manned flights aboard Dragon in two years' time. Maybe Boeing will follow suit — horseshoes, mushrooms or ladybugs perhaps?

JBoe
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posted 05-08-2015 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who knows, maybe this will be offered as a patch in the end of year set like the previous sets.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-09-2015 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Via Reddit's /r/spacex, here's a better look at the emblem:

Jim Behling
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posted 05-09-2015 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Ahh, I sense a new tradition/ritual with the coming manned flights aboard Dragon in two years' time. Maybe Boeing will follow suit — horseshoes, mushrooms or ladybugs perhaps?
It has nothing to with manned flights, it deals with launches. Boeing doesn't need a luck symbol, ULA's Atlas V didn't have growing pains.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-11-2015 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was referring to Boeing's CST-100 crew vehicle and maybe their own pad abort/escape system test. A little dose of good luck humor doesn't hurt in the flight test business.

Jim Behling
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posted 05-11-2015 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Again, the symbol has been on most of SpaceX's patches, which are mostly unmanned and dealt with their growing pains. Commercial crew is a competition. Boeing isn't going to nor has a need to copy SpaceX. They will have their own and maybe some Atlas related ones. This isn't like Gemini traditions being passed on to Apollo.

cycleroadie
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posted 05-16-2015 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As now available from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum:

OV-105
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posted 05-16-2015 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks more like a palm tree than a 4 leaf clover.

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