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usafspace
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posted 01-12-2018 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for usafspace   Click Here to Email usafspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX has recalled the Zuma mission patches that were just released.

If you have not purchased one, you might be out of luck. SpaceX recalled the patches "as consideration for their customer."

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 01-12-2018 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This doesn't sound good for the outcome of the mission. Or, it's all disinformation. Ah, the mystery deepens!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-12-2018 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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SpaceX pulls Zuma mission patches from sale amid reports of secret satellite's loss

SpaceX has recalled the sale of souvenir mission patches from its first launch of 2018, providing a possible hint to the fate of its classified payload.

The spaceflight company pulled its Zuma mission patches from partner gift shops and online retailers on Friday (Jan. 12), several days after the embroidered emblems went on sale. Since 2015, SpaceX has allowed for third-party sales of its mission patches so long as the flight that the insignia represents was confirmed a success.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 01-13-2018 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like the customer cares that there is a patch. I think they care more about the lost payload then a patch. In other words, it does not makes much sense SpaceX does this...

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-13-2018 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say in the aerospace industry I am in this would not be out of character. It is about maintaining the "brand" as well as customer relationship.

cspg
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posted 01-13-2018 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA did not forbid production of STS-51L and STS-107 patches.

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-13-2018 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA is a government agency (read: USA taxpayers ownership, do what the people want). SpaceX is a private company (read: can do what they feel is best for their company).

cspg
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posted 01-13-2018 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So why should we care? (And SpaceX is heavily dependent on government money, either in forms of contracts or launch infrastructure.)

mode1charlie
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posted 01-13-2018 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, darn. Those things just became instantly desirable collector's items. I missed out.

Did anyone here pick one up before they were recalled?

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 01-13-2018 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
...production of STS-51L and STS-107 patches.
I think that was done to memorialize the memory of the crews. I'm sure SpaceX and Northrop Grumman would like the public to forget the Zuma mission ever took place.
quote:
Originally posted by mode1charlie:
Did anyone here pick one up before they were recalled?
"I can't comment on that because that's classified."

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 01-23-2018 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see the SpaceX Zuma patch wars have started on eBay. Crazy!

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