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STS-135 Patch Designs
« on: 01/23/2011 01:36 AM »
Now that the official STS-135 patch has been released, here are the two designs we at Max-Q came up with and submitted.  Even though we weren't selected, we plan to try again for future missions, whatever they may be, so let us know what you all think!

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DESIGN 1

The design of the STS-135 emblem focuses on the success and diversity of the missions and accomplishments of the Space Shuttle Program over its thirty years of service to the world community. To celebrate this diversity, the STS-135 mission emblem pays homage to the idea of the IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination), a philosophy first espoused by the television series after which the first orbiter, Enterprise, was named: Star Trek. Inclusion of the IDIC serves as a visual representation of not only the diverse nature of the 135 space shuttle flights but also the invaluable scientific, medical, and cultural knowledge made possible by this truly iconic program.

Incorporated into the IDIC design for the STS-135 emblem is an image of a space shuttle orbiter hoisting the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello (the main payload of the flight) toward the International Space
Station, which is depicted here in its final configuration. The area surrounding the orbiter is adorned with two gold stars and fourteen white stars in honor of the two fallen orbiters (Challenger and Columbia) and their respective STS-51L and STS-107 crews.

At the top of the design, five rays (representing the five flight orbiters – Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour) emerge from the rising sun. The solid orange band surrounding the emblem contains
the name of the orbiter chosen for this historic flight and transforms into the symbol of the Astronaut Office as it intersects with the orbiter’s tail. This transformation signifies the fact that, while the Space Shuttle Program is coming to an end, the legacy of those who have flown aboard the fleet, as well as those who will continue the dream of human space exploration, will forever carry on.
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #1 on: 01/23/2011 01:41 AM »
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DESIGN 2

Serving as a representation of not only the diverse and all-encompassing nature of the 135 Space Shuttle flights, but also the invaluable scientific, medical, and cultural knowledge made possible by the Space Shuttle Program, the STS-135 mission emblem features the Space Shuttle orbiter performing one final victory lap around the International Space Station.

Having emblazoned a trail of success throughout Low Earth Orbit in its 30 years of operation, the Shuttle orbiter, surrounded by two gold stars and 14 white stars in honor of the two fallen Shuttle orbiters (Challenger and Columbia) and their respective STS-51L and STS-107 crews, is seen here with its payload bay doors closed in preparation for its final, triumphant return to Earth.

A tribute to the continuing mission of exploration and understanding of NASA and the international partners, the STS-135 emblem features the ISS (in its final configuration) flying off into a new dawn of hope and inspiration as the world community transitions to a new and exciting age of space exploration beyond Low Earth Orbit.

From the rising sun, six rays of light emerge – serving to immortalize the world-wide legacy of the six Space Shuttle orbiters (Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour) and all those who have flown aboard the fleet. At the same time, the light rays reach out into the depths of space, simultaneously illuminating the possibilities for mankind’s future as well as carrying the dream of exploration
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #2 on: 01/23/2011 02:15 AM »
Saw the STS-135 patch at CollectSPACE.com. Nathan, I think Max Q patches are far more nicer  :)  and appropriate than the official patch.

In the official patch ISS is missing, the main purpose of Atlantis flying is to resupply the ISS. Also some thing to commemorate Atlantis' sister orbiters in the fleet would have been nice.

Being the last patch of the historic Space Shuttle Program, I thought  that NASA would get more inputs into the design process.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #3 on: 01/23/2011 05:35 AM »
Is this the official patch design of the STS 135. This one looks far better than the other space patches. i really like this one.

http://www.collectspace.com/sts135_patch
« Last Edit: 01/23/2011 02:19 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #4 on: 01/23/2011 06:59 AM »
All three designs are nice (and all are better than STS-134's), but the Omega symbol sells me on the last design. It says final flight better than the above two proposals.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #5 on: 01/23/2011 02:26 PM »
Firstly, really nice work with the Max-Q patches. Excellent work.

Secondly, the official patch is a good one. Like it!

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #6 on: 01/23/2011 03:46 PM »
Great job, but is it me or does the orbiter on the patch look like ov-101?
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #7 on: 01/23/2011 04:02 PM »
http://www.collectspace.com/sts135_patch

It's reminiscent to me of the program insignia:
http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/images/shuttle-patch.jpg

A few patches have a similar element, STS-1 being an obvious one.  (But also STS-66, STS-84, and STS-115 to some extent.)
« Last Edit: 01/23/2011 04:04 PM by psloss »

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #8 on: 01/24/2011 12:19 PM »
First, the Max-Q designs are brilliant, especially the IDIC based one.  As far as the official design, overall I like it, but the use of the blacks and greys make it a bit depressing.  I hope that the yellow in the "omega" portion of the design will be brighter in the embroidered version.  That being said, it's the crew's patch and I'll wear/display it with pride!
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #9 on: 01/24/2011 03:28 PM »
I think the omega looks very similar to the EVA patch outline ;-) 

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #10 on: 01/25/2011 01:02 PM »
I like the IDIC MaxQ design. :) It just sums up the shuttle program and what the program did for humanity.  *thumbs up*

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #11 on: 01/25/2011 10:55 PM »
IDIC is my favorite. The two banks of stars are more visible and complementary.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #12 on: 01/27/2011 09:23 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback everyone.  We had a great time working on these!  We had considered an omega-based design at one point, but decided against it for this reason -

Instead of using the design to recognize a singular, final flight, we wanted to pay tribute to the program as a whole, the symbolism of which can be found in our descriptions.  Some of the ideas behind each design are the same, but we shot for two designs that were quite unique in aesthetic quality to see if either would spark the crew's interest.

Obviously, we lost out to Mrs. Walheim, but we plan to keep trying in the future for when  NASA sends humans into space aboard an American spacecraft again!
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #13 on: 02/27/2011 09:12 PM »
All three designs are nice (and all are better than STS-134's), but the Omega symbol sells me on the last design. It says final flight better than the above two proposals.


I agree the Omega symbol sells me as well.

Another theme for STS-135 might have been to show the orbiter in landing config (wheels down) reaching for the threshold with a rainbow streak (like a shooting star) in a stary sun setting sky background. The shooting star would represent the ISS and hope for the future. The border could consist of 135 points of light with two a special colour (lest we forget)...

I have to disagree (respectfully) on STS-134. I think that patch is one of the best ever. 

I usually use the next mission patch as my wall paper at work. I dislike STS-133 and have been waiting patiently for it to clear the manifest in order to put up 134's.

I really liked 131's for some reason. I think it was just the over all look and color scheme.

Maybe there should be a thread for favourite patch! It would be a fun discussion...

Just my thoughts,

Brian


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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #14 on: 05/05/2011 08:30 PM »
Alright guys - Even though we weren't selected as the designers of the official STS-135 patch, we decided to not let the effort go to waste.  With the help of our good friend Tim Gagnon (who has had quite a few of his designs fly himself), we were able to have the artwork of the IDIC design turned into an actual patch.  Here it is :D
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #15 on: 05/09/2011 06:38 PM »
I just had to post this!

Our very own Nathan Moeller (@AstroN8 on Twitter) sent the following Tweet to STS-135 CDR Chris Ferguson (@Astro_Ferg):

"@Astro_Ferg Do you guys have room for an extra 4-inch-wide, extra-lightweight payload on #STS135? http://twitpic.com/4ttyar"

Chris Ferguson sent the following reply:

"@AstroN8 That's pretty good. Send it to me at: Code CB, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 77058"

So, the Commander of the final Space Shuttle mission wants to have MaxQ's STS-135 patch! Awesome! Next stop...ISS? ;)

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #16 on: 05/12/2011 09:03 PM »
Is this the official patch design of the STS 135. This one looks far better than the other space patches. i really like this one.

http://www.collectspace.com/sts135_patch

When is the official STS-135 mission patch going to go public? I mean available in the official shops?

How about the other logo-ed goodies? Polo shirts and other official mission items?

I am here for Endeavour's launch not sure yet if I can make it back for Discovery's launch. I am sure they will mail order but maybe not in the same variety.
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #17 on: 05/12/2011 10:09 PM »
The STS-135 patch is already on sale: http://www.thespacestore.com/stmipa17.html

The other merchandise will probably be available closer to launch.  And you'd be coming back to see Atlantis launch, not Discovery.  She's already into retirement.  :)

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #18 on: 06/13/2011 07:49 PM »
Hey everyone - We're close to having enough requests to commit to a second order of our STS-135 emblems (the blue IDIC design).  They sell for $10 per emblem, so if anyone is interested, please contact me via e-mail - [email protected]

Thanks!

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #19 on: 06/14/2011 04:53 PM »
And you'd be coming back to see Atlantis launch, not Discovery.  She's already into retirement.  :)

It came from my subconscious. I just don't want to see Space Shuttle flights coming to an end.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #20 on: 06/15/2011 06:21 PM »
Well, we're not on the ISS, but we made it into the shuttle FCR thanks to one of the EVA controllers!
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #21 on: 06/15/2011 06:24 PM »
Oh very nice work :)

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #22 on: 06/20/2011 09:54 AM »
you guys really have done a great job with the patches. I am working on an addon the "Orbiter" that will be titled the lost missions on 1986 where those missions could be flown and also the west coast DOD missions so if you have somw ideas for mission patches drop me and e-mail [email protected]

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #23 on: 06/20/2011 01:19 PM »
you guys really have done a great job with the patches. I am working on an addon the "Orbiter" that will be titled the lost missions on 1986 where those missions could be flown and also the west coast DOD missions so if you have somw ideas for mission patches drop me and e-mail [email protected]
We can certainly take a look at doing this, we have a bit on our plate at the moment, but after the 135 mission is over, we most likely can take this project on.  Email me more details of what you'd like to do.  [email protected]

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #24 on: 06/22/2011 04:54 AM »
  Hey Guys

the Max Q patch is one of the best I've seen in the whole shuttle program. Have you done any others on the early shuttle flights

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« Reply #25 on: 06/22/2011 01:16 PM »
  Hey Guys

the Max Q patch is one of the best I've seen in the whole shuttle program. Have you done any others on the early shuttle flights

Barry


Barry, we have not done any others, this one was done as a submission to try to be the patch, rather than making an alternate.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #26 on: 06/22/2011 05:53 PM »
you guys really have done a great job with the patches. I am working on an addon the "Orbiter" that will be titled the lost missions on 1986 where those missions could be flown and also the west coast DOD missions so if you have somw ideas for mission patches drop me and e-mail [email protected]

For some missions there are (were) already mission patches so there is no need to create them...see my website: www.spacepatches.nl

or:

http://www.spacepatches.nl/sts_mis/STS61E.html

http://www.spacepatches.nl/sts_mis/STS61F.html

http://www.spacepatches.nl/sts_mis/STS61G.html

http://www.spacepatches.nl/sts_mis/STS62A.html

http://www.spacepatches.nl/sts_mis/STS61H.html
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #27 on: 06/24/2011 12:42 PM »
I had seen your site and really great job with that. your right these are about half of the flight NASA had planned for 1986 and I'm sure that some of the flights after STS 126 were also planned for 1986 were flown with some crew changes .

 I did love the site Thanks

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #28 on: 07/19/2011 01:11 AM »
Wanted to bump this thread since I received my IDIC patch today.

Holy smokes! The folks at Max-Q absolutely outdid themselves. It is a beautiful patch. Looks even better in person than it does in the photos.

As I mentioned to Nathan in a PM, I seriously hope Max-Q will continue their patch submissions for Expedition crews.

I'd highly recommend purchasing one of the 135 IDIC patches if they do another run. I don't think anyone would be disappointed.

Many thanks to all of the talented folks at Max-Q for everything you do.  :)

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #29 on: 07/19/2011 03:47 PM »
From Collect Space:

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000859.html

On Monday (July 18), the day before the STS-135 crew departed the International Space Station, cosmonaut Sergei Volkov presented each of Atlantis' astronauts with an embroidered mission patch and what looked to be the same design in either printed or silk-screened form.

Although video of Volkov's patch presentation was downlinked (it preceded the crew's traditional addition of the STS-135 insignia to the Unity node's and Quest airlock's walls), the footage was without audio (space to ground and mission commentary was playing over it), so whatever Volkov said about the patch wasn't heard over NASA Television.

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To add, this patch was designed and made by Spacepatches.nl, and was brought up with Soyuz TMA-02M to ISS, Sergei Volkov did that for us, we want to thank him and Roscosmos for it.

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #30 on: 07/19/2011 04:55 PM »
Hi-Res
« Last Edit: 07/19/2011 04:55 PM by Jester »

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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #31 on: 07/19/2011 05:17 PM »
Hi-Res

Thank you Jester !!! (if you have more HR from this event please let me know, I'm intrested :) )

And this is what the patch looks like:

Copyright: Luc van den Abeelen.

On the background of the design;

The theme is a safe landing at the end of the final mission. It is represented by the phases of re-entry shown in five steps, for the five orbiters that flew the program.

The design with the orbiter's nose sticking out from the background mirrors the design of the STS-2 patch; which was the first re-use of a spacecraft; STS-135 being the final re-use.

Three big stars represent the three decades of Shuttle operations. All stars in the background are in three groups; two, eight and four, for the first, largest and final crew respectively.

The International Space Station is shown as the major accomplishment of the Shuttle program.

The groups of blue stars around the border spell 135 for the mission number.

Finally, the bright blue border represents the Earth, for all the Earth-bound workers making Shuttle flights possible.
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #32 on: 07/19/2011 06:24 PM »
Many congratulations to you and Luc, Jacques!  I was fortunate enough to receive one of those patches before the flight and, like most designs, it's even more beautiful in person than it is in photos and scans.  Well done on another design flown!
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« Reply #33 on: 07/19/2011 07:06 PM »
Great design!!!!!
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Re: STS-135 Patch Designs
« Reply #34 on: 07/20/2011 12:49 PM »
Awesome design, congrats to Luc on getting his to orbit  8)

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