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In the early 1980's, the Soviets were using their Salyut-7 space station for regular Soyuz missions, including 10 manned missions. The station served as a science platform that would be Mir's predecessor. Throughout the 1970's on the heels of the Apollo-Soyuz project, Soviet and US representives discussed the possibility of a US space shuttle docking mission to a Salyut station. This would include the possibility of ferrying Soviet cosmonauts on the shuttle. Unfortunately these plans never made it past the discussions stages.

However, had such a mission occured, in 1981 as planned, it would have likely been the space shuttle Columbia docking with Salyut 7. I designed this patch as if this fantastic joint United States/Soviet mission occured under the old Soviet "Interkosmos" program. 

I don't have any plans to produce this patch unless there are indications of interest, so it's merely a fun exercise in retro patch design.

 

 

Another fantasy design originated from a Russian documentary about the idea of the US capturing the ailing Salyut 7 station with a space shuttle. A widely-panned and debunked documentary called "The Battle for Salyut: A Space Detective" aired in Russia in 2011. While that scenario was conceptualized as the US capturing the station in order to gain its secrets, it would likely have been marketed as a "rescue" had the word gotten out. This fantasy patch is my idea of a patch that might have been released to mark such an event had it actually been feasable. The term "rescue" would imply some sort of cooperation on the part of the US when in fact it would likely be an act of war at the time. 

 

There are a so many significant milestones in manned spaceflight through the 1960's that it's hard to nail them all down. Keeping with the Retrorocket Emblems tradition of releasing patches for missions that may not have have one in the past, I am considering the following patches in an upcoming Kickstarter. 

Project Highwater (1962)

Little Joe II (1965, 50th anniversary in 2015):

I am also still debating if a Kickstarter for the Delta 7 and Freedom 7 II patches would be viable, to complete those Eagle One Aerospace Mercury sets out there. 

Delta 7 - Deke Slayton

Freedom 7-II - Alan Shepard

 

We are happy to annount our third Kickstarter campaign. This time we are offering a set of replica patches: STS-61E and the STS-41C "Black Cat" patch. This is our first time offering a set of replicas rather than original designs and we are pretty excited by the support thus far.

The STS-61E patch has been reproduced in the past, at leat 4 times, usually as a one piece design. The intent of this patch is to reproduce the STS-61E patch that was produced originally in limited quantities. 

The STS-13/STS-41C "Black Cat" has also seen a previos reprodution but we are hoping for a more accurate representation. 

The "Black Cat" patch was designed by the late Dick Scobee and Retrorocket Emblems the permission of his family to reproduce the design. 

 

Get one of very Retrorocket Emblem's patches to date: 

  • Chop-Chop Chang
  • See-Bassett Gemini IX
  • Pegasus Satellite Project
  • AS-201
  • AS-202
  • Apollo 4
  • Apollo 6

   

  

For a combined price of $79 for 15% savings if you purchased them separately.

The Pegasus satellite program was a series of three American satellites launched in 1965 to study the frequency of micrometeorite impacts on spacecraft. All three Pegasus satellites were launched by Saturn I rockets, and remained connected with their upper stages.
 
The Pegasus satellite was named for the winged horse of Greek mythology and was first lofted into space by a NASA Saturn I rocket on February 16, 1965. Like its namesake, the Pegasus satellite was notable for its "wings", a pair of 96-foot (29 m)-long, 14-foot (4.3 m)-wide arrays of 104 panels fitted with sensors to detect punctures by micrometeoroids at high altitudes, in support of the Apollo Program to send manned lunar landing missions starting by 1970. The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center was responsible for the design, production and operation of the three Pegasus satellites which were launched by Saturn I rocket test flights in 1965. The satellites were built by Fairchild Hiller.
 
 
These commemorative patches were produced in 2015 and were limited to a production run of 50 patches each.
In November of 1965, Elliot See, Jr. and Charles Bassett II were selected as the prime crew of Gemini IX. Bassett and See were killed on February 28, 1966, when their T-38 trainer jet crashed. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of their selection as the prime crew. The patch celebrates their selection and remembers their contribution to the US space program.
Patch design depicts one of the astronauts on an EVA with their capsule in the foreground and Earth below. The astronaut is reaching toward the moon, the ultimate goal of the space program at the time. 
 

 

A big thank you to all of the backers to made the second Kickstarter campaign a huge success. The See-Bassett commemorative patch will be made! The campaign raised almost twice the original funding goal so I added a stretch goal for a second patch to be made. It seems only fair to use the extra funds for more creative work and the stretch goal was funded within a few days. I let the backers and collectors vote on which patch they would like to see included. 

The votes were overwhelmingly in support of a Deke Slayton Delta 7 fantasy patch to complement the Eagle One Aerospace Mercury artwork patch series. The second place votes supported a Pegasus Satellite patch. 

On the heels of our successful inaugural Kickstarter campaign, Retrorocket Emblems has launched a second campaign to raise funds for a patch that commemorates Elliot See, Jr and Charles Bassett II as prime crew of Gemini IX. 

Due to the success of our 2014 Kickstarter Campaign and with a very special thank you to the supporters who made that happen, Retrorocket Emblems is happy to announce the very limited availability of four new commemorative patches:

HAM the Astro Chimp Commemorative Patch

RRE has three new patches coming Q4 or Q1 2014. We plan to release all three simultaneously as part of a Kickstarter campaign which will allow you to acquire all three at a special price. We here at RRE have a desire to create patches that fill in some of those gaps in the Space Race era. We hope these three offerings do just that.

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