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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 or as am embroidered patch as their own memento. 


These are some concept sticker/patch artwork I concieved for SOHO's (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) 3000th comet discovery milestone

I wanted to highlight the imagery usually used to make the discoveries and call out SOHO's ongoing extended mission with "...and counting".


Here are the two patches that were a part of Retrorocket Emblems third Kickstarter campaign in there final form:


And the Stretch Goal patch:


Here are some of the designs on deck for Retrorocket Emblems. Some are replicas, others are original designs.  Please vote down at the bottom for what you would most like to see next!



Alan Shepard's "Freedom 7-II"
3% (1 vote)
Deke Slayton's "Delta 7"
24% (8 votes)
Project Highwater Commemorative
6% (2 votes)
Apollo 7 Crew Replica
27% (9 votes)
Gemini 5 Crew Souvenir Replica
21% (7 votes)
Little Joe II Commemorative
6% (2 votes)
Manned Orbiting Laboratory Replica
12% (4 votes)
Total votes: 33

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.


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