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From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 04-21-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At long last I introduce the Space Shuttle Commemorative, a 12-inch fully embroidered patch that (attempts) to celebrate "A Generation of Exploration" - Celebrating The Space Shuttle Program.

When you consider what we knew at the beginning of the program about living and working in space and what we know now, the contribution of the shuttle program is just beginning to be understood. Yes, it never lived up to the hype of a flight every two weeks and it can be argued that it was retired too soon, but this patch is a celebration, a tribute to the thousands of people who made the program possible.

The central focus of the design is a stylized Astronaut Symbol. The "star" a launching shuttle. The color of it's three trailing rays symbolize the fire of launch to the return to the surface of Earth. The orbiting element is a tribute to the DoD missions, the payload bay is hidden. The orbital path starts silver and transitions to gold symbolizing the transition from silver to gold Astronaut Pin awarded after a first flight.

Iconic images from the program surround the Astronaut Symbol. The orbiter being transported atop the 747 aircraft, a Spacelab in the payload bay, an astronaut flying the MMU away from the orbiter, the LDEF, a spiral galaxy and the TDRSS satellite. On the right side are the great observatories launched and/or serviced by the shuttle: Compton, Hubble and Chandra. Missions to MIR and ISS illustrate the shuttle coming into it's own as the vehicle uniquely capable to build and service a space station. Finally the orbiter glows white hot as it re-enter's the atmosphere.

A star for each crewed mission surround the patch. At the bottom are eight blue stars for the Approach and Landing Flights of ENTERPRISE. One hundred thirty five (135) stars represent each flight into space. The star for STS-51L and STS-107 are gold to symbolize their ultimate sacrifice.

The names of each orbiter wrap around the stars. I originally had the name of COLUMBIA and CHALLENGER in gold but thought I should keep them white because those ships flew 27 and 9 times successfully.

The prototype patch is 99% complete. I have a few things I want to be improved before I give the go for production.

Please do not delay to send in your paid order (PDF). I will only be offering this discount one time. When the patch is offered by a retailer the price will be almost twice as much. Orders are due by May 5, 2012. If you use PayPal add the 6% to your total to cover their fees.

Also please do NOT share the patch image online. I want to make it difficult for the online pirates to steal the image for their sub-par version - which is why the image is in black and white.

Thank you for your continued support!


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From: Staten Island, New York USA
Registered: Nov 2007

posted 04-22-2012 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, another beautiful design, as always. Should be a must-get at all the venues Enterprise, Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis will be displayed in.

A suggestion: would the addition of '1981-2011' or '30 Years' crowd an already busy design? Just my two cents. Now to power up that stitching machine.


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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Jan 2012

posted 04-24-2012 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aero-engineer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
A suggestion: would the addition of '1981-2011' or '30 Years' crowd an already busy design? Just my two cents. Now to power up that stitching machine.
If that was desired, and easy way to do that would be "XXX" right on the bottom under "A Generation of Exploration".

Gorgeous patch.


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From: The Netherlands
Registered: Jan 2003

posted 04-24-2012 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good idea to use black and white. Recently, with the astronauts involved okaying it, we posted artwork with a wrong color in it. It was a real victory to see the Malaysian guys copy it. My real dream is one day designing and advertising a patch for a mission that does not exist at all and see them copy it.

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