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TobiasC
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posted 10-10-2019 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TobiasC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were wearing their patch for the Crew Dragon Demo-2 (DM-2) mission at the press conference at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne today.

They both have a Dragon capsule shaped patch on their arms that seems to read DM-2 on it, so I assume this is their patch for the mission.

Liembo
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posted 10-10-2019 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Slightly blurry:

Nyberg1283
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posted 10-10-2019 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nyberg1283   Click Here to Email Nyberg1283     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch is indeed in the shape of the Dragon crew capsule. Good eye!

This is NASA's crew patch. SpaceX will most likely have their own as well.

justin13
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posted 10-10-2019 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justin13   Click Here to Email justin13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On a related topic, Jim Bridenstine tweeted a picture of the training suits from the same event and the meatball stitched on the shoulder looks a bit different, like it's printed (or a molded synthetic material?) rather than embroidered. Maybe it's the quality of the image, but it just has a much smoother texture that I haven't noticed elsewhere.

Nyberg1283
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posted 10-10-2019 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nyberg1283   Click Here to Email Nyberg1283     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here it is in detail:

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-11-2019 01:00 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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Astronauts debut mission patch for SpaceX Dragon crewed flight test

The first NASA astronauts assigned to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon commercial spacecraft have provided a first look at their mission patch.

Bob Benhken and Doug Hurley joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk for a press briefing at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Thursday (Oct. 10). Although the event was largely focused on what work remains before Benhken and Hurley can safely launch on SpaceX's Demo-2 (DM-2) mission to the International Space Station — including another series of parachute trials and an in-flight abort test — the debut of the crew's mission patch offered a sign that they were at least one small step closer to taking flight.

lucspace
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posted 10-11-2019 02:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With both SpaceX's Falcon and Dragon icons incorporated in the patch, it feels more like a SpaceX design than a NASA one. Or is it a truly "joint" NASA-SpaceX patch?

Panther494
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posted 10-11-2019 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by justin13:
...the meatball stitched on the shoulder looks a bit different, like it's printed (or a molded synthetic material?)
Justin, this could be PVC like many military fighter squadrons are using at the moment.

Nyberg1283
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posted 10-11-2019 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nyberg1283   Click Here to Email Nyberg1283     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lucspace:
...it feels more like a SpaceX design than a NASA one. Or is it a truly "joint" NASA-SpaceX patch?
Its design is for NASA and the Commercial Crew Program. They wanted to continue the tradition of each NASA crew having their own mission patch but also incorporate both NASA and SpaceX for their first conjoined crewed flight.

Jim Behling
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posted 10-11-2019 08:23 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 lucspace:
With both SpaceX's Falcon and Dragon icons...
Why wouldn't it have Falcon and Dragon icons in it? Those are the vehicles. No different than some NASA patches.

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posted 10-11-2019 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not bad, except for the “First Crewed Flight” bit. Would Apollo 11 have had “First Lunar Landing”? Would STS-1 feel the need to state the obvious “First Manned Test Flight”?

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 10-14-2019 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received this response from AB Emblem, after asking whether or not they had produced this patch and if they would produce more moving forward:
We did produce these for the astronauts office and are talking to NASA to make sure we can sell these to the public.

Liembo
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posted 10-14-2019 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If this artwork was commissioned by NASA, then this artwork should be able to be produced as a patch by anyone who wants to as it falls under NASA's rules for crew patches. (§ 1221.112 Use of the NASA Program Identifiers).

Whether A-B Emblem wants to or not, even with official approval, is their choice, however.

Bill Hunt
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posted 10-17-2019 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that the omitted the 4-leaf clover for this patch.

TobiasC
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posted 10-18-2019 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TobiasC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the NASA patch, that's a SpaceX thing, so it will probably be on the SpaceX patch for this mission. I'm pretty sure the same goes for CRS patches.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-22-2019 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doug Hurley today shared the description of the patch on Twitter:
Through the crew patch for the SpaceX DM-2 mission, we pay tribute to the dedicated teams of NASA and SpaceX that have worked hard toward returning human spaceflight launches to the United States.

Patch design: Andrew Nyberg.

Demonstration Mission-2 (DM-2) Patch Description

The return of human space flight launches to the United States after the end of the Space Shuttle Program and the incredible efforts of the men and women of NASA and SpaceX are the overriding themes of the crew patch for DM-2.

The patch is distinctly shaped in the form of the Crew Dragon and appropriate for the first crewed flight of this vehicle. The symbols of the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket are prominently displayed at the top of the patch. They pay tribute to the SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 teams that have dedicated years to design, develop, build and soon operate the human-rated system.

The familiar silhouette of the International Space Station is visible, flying across the North American night sky, and serves as the destination of this and future missions of Crew Dragon.

Both the NASA "vector" and Commercial Crew Program symbol are shown prominently to honor the efforts of the Agency and its Program to return launch capacity to the United States.

The silver star on the east coast of Florida highlights the location of Launch Pad 39A and the Kennedy Space Center from where humans have flown to space since the early 1960s and all Crew Dragon missions will originate.

The stars on either side of the crew's names represent their respective family members. Each has a wife and son who are incredibly supportive and important to the success of the mission.

Finally, the flag of the United States is on the patch to represent all past and future American human space flight endeavors and to honor the men and women who developed and flew them.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 11-09-2019 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This DM-2 patch is now available to buy from the AB Emblem website. It has SKU patch design number 414365. The date code(s) are not known at this time.

Panther494
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posted 11-09-2019 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry but this looks a bit cheap and badly made to me. The finish around the DM-2 text is horrid and why is the highlight on the orbit of the astronaut pin all broken, should be continual as on the graphic.

Hope this is just a test sample.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 11-09-2019 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes I agree with you. In comparison with the slightly blurry patch as worn on the shoulder of one of the crew as shown above. With what you have pointed out, and the star above the 'D' being different (from half a large star to a smaller full star).

It also looks cheep in construction but is being sold for $10, $2 more than usual.

Liembo
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posted 11-09-2019 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's one rough release, reminds me of the Malaysian knock-off patches on eBay.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 11-11-2019 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been informed that this SpaceX DM-2 patch will only be available to buy direct from the AB Emblem and SpaceX websites and official NASA facilities only. Not from retailers, re-sellers or agents. Whether future follow on SpaceX Dragon crew patches will be the same I have not been told.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 11-11-2019 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is that this will be the direction moving forward when their are private-public partnerships involved. Probably easier from a licensing and negotiating standpoint?

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