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Robert Pearlman
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Boeing astronaut reveals mission patches for Starliner flight tests

The first astronauts set to launch on Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft now have a mission patch to represent their flight.

Chris Ferguson, Boeing's first commercial astronaut, recently shared with his team the emblem that he and his two crewmates will wear for the Starliner's Crew Flight Test (CFT). Ferguson also revealed the insignia for the test flights that will precede the CFT launch.

Robert Pearlman
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For now, the Pad Abort Test and CFT insignia exist only as artwork. Boeing has produced the OFT emblem as an embroidered cloth patch, which is now available to employees and the public through the company's online and physical stores.

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posted 08-19-2019 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered mine today, thanks!!

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posted 08-25-2019 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice patches indeed!! I like them!!

GACspaceguy
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posted 08-27-2019 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine came today, great looking. I see they are sold out already.

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posted 09-02-2019 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked the Boeing store website and the patches are again available to order.

randy
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Ordered mine today.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-21-2019 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got this 45th Space Wing patch while at Kennedy Space Center in commemoration of the upcoming Boeing CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (OFT) for next month.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-06-2019 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First look at the embroidered Starliner CFT mission patch (from the crew portrait):

The CFT patch is not yet available, but the Pad Abort Test patch is now for sale from the Boeing Store.

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posted 12-06-2019 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why doesn't the CFT patch have Boeing/NASA along the bottom as the original graphic?

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posted 12-07-2019 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps it's a crew / souvenir distinction.

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I hope not. Many collectors want crew patches that represent what has and will be used on flights. Do we really need souvenir versions?

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posted 12-07-2019 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch may have been too large with the extra tag, given how close it already comes to the umbilical attachment on the suit.

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Alternatively the one without “Boeing” and “NASA” could be a prototype, which was not uncommon for the shuttle era. I guess time will tell.

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posted 12-15-2019 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing Range Squadron patch for Boeing's Starliner Orbital Flight Test:

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"Rosie the Rocketeer" is wearing the Orbital Flight Test Patch, so I suppose that means it can be considered flight qualified version in the end.

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-18-2019 08:58 AM     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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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The patch may have been too large with the extra tag...
My guess was correct; per Boeing, the patch was trimmed for the spacesuits because it was too large. The souvenir patches and those flown on the mission as mementos, as well as other uses of the insignia will still include the Boeing and NASA tag.

Also from Boeing, a small (1-inch) Starliner adhesive-backed patch:

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 12-18-2019 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the update Robert.

lucspace
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posted 12-18-2019 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which leaves the question: will the crew-worn version be available to collectors?

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posted 12-18-2019 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I was told, the only CFT patches without the tag are going to be those sewn to the spacesuits, but I did not ask specifically about its availability beyond that.

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posted 12-19-2019 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But why contains the official crew portrait the large patch without this tag?
Maybe there will be two different versions of the patch: The NASA version without tag and a Boeing version with the tag.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-19-2019 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The two versions of the patch are only due to size constraints, according to Boeing and the crew. But, yes, as shown in this photo taken moments ago, the astronauts are wearing the smaller version on their blue flight suits, too.

Moonbase Alphan
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posted 12-23-2019 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonbase Alphan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Johnson Space Center Mission Operations Team patch for Boeing's Starliner Orbital Flight Test:

Editor's note: More about this patch can be read here.

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I was at the Boeing store at the Future of Flight in Everett, Washington last month and they had one of the orbital flight test patches, so I bought one (would have bought some for a few pals from Space Camp, but oh well).

The person at the store said they also had some for the flight test itself. I thought she was mistaken so I pulled up this thread on my phone and showed her, asking if she meant the middle at the top of this thread. Oh yes, she said, they had some and went in the back to see. I told her I'd buy all that she had (she said someone had bought them out of the other Starliner patches the previous day which is why they only had one OFT one left). She came back and said, "Sorry, the boss said we weren't supposed to get those and we can't sell them."

Curses, foiled again. So close...

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CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test flown patch and flag presentation:

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