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Another milestone in the crewed Dragon capsule program was a successful splashdown at sea after docking and undocking from the ISS. 

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On August 27, 2019, SpaceX flew its ungainly "Starhopper" test vehicle on a 150M flight at its Boca Chica Texas facilities. The squatty appearance of the vehicle gave it many nicknames including the "Flying Water Tower". The successful test of the Raptor engine means the continuation of the Starship program for SpaceX. 

 

 

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The original patch was spotted as part of the historic Armstrong family collectible auctions in 2019. Previous Dyna Soar project patches have been produced but the auction listing for Neil Armstrongs patch revealed the detail of the patch which allowed me to create this high-fidelity replica. Limited to 50 patches. 

Original at Armstrong Auction Retrorocket Emblem's Replica

 

Earlier this year the world was mesmerized by the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. Not only did this showcase their new Heavy Booster, it was also a marketing coup with the launch of Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster into space. The world watched for hours as the car and it's passenger the "Starman" orbited the Earth. I designed a commemorative patch for the occasion, and in my usual fashion, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the prodution of the patch. The campaign was such a success that I decided that I should add a "stretch goal" of an additional patch to all of the backers. The second patch commemorates the first attempt to land three boosters similtanously. Even though only two landed successfully, it was an still an amazing feat. 

Now that all of the Kickstarter orders are fulfilled I can open sales of the patches to the public. 

Due to the incredible support from the Kickstarter backers, I have decided to use some of the funds to gift everyone with a bonus patch. Polling ends September 22.

First Crew Dragon splashdown
50% (38 votes)
First Faring Capture / Ms. Tree Boat
50% (38 votes)
Total votes: 76

I have been fortunate and delighted to design a series of patches for NASA's flyign telescope SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy).

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I was inspired by Scott Kelly's ability to revive the Zinnias on the ISS, so I put together a concept patch to commemorate it. While it has been made known that this isn't the first flower in space, it may be the first non-food flower? I was thinking of expanding the name list on the patch to include other astronauts who have grown flowers in space: 

  • Viktor Patsayev and Vladislav Volkov (Salyut 1): Flax
  • Valentin Lebedev (Salyut 7): Arabidopsis thaliana
  • STS-51: Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Leonid Kadeniuk (STS-87): Brassica Rapa
  • Don Pettit (ISS-30/31): Zuchini and Sunflower
     

 

I hammered out this insignia for the December 2015 NASA Social event for the launch of the Cygnus OA-4 crew resupply mission. This would be an extended version of the Cygnus CRS payload and will be put into orbit with an Atlas V-401 and Centaur upper stage. 

I ran through several iterations of the patch as I learned that the Cygnus for this mission would be the extended Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM), so I had to correct the dimensions of the module. I also applied the wrong solar panels. This spacecraft would use the circular fanfold style as opposed to the folding rectangular type. 

 

 

I put together the unofficial NASA Social insignia for the November 2015 NASA Social that featured the OLYMPEX satellite callibration project. The OLYMPEX project used several NASA flying assets and other airborne sensing platforms as tools to calibrate the GPM precipitation monitoring satellites over the Olympic mountains. The Olympics being an deal candidate for testing with it's copious amounts of rain and complex terrain. 

NASA does not endorse this insignia, however the attendees were able to buy it on T-shirts at Spreadshirt.com or as am embroidered patch as their own memento. 

 

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