SpaceX CRS-14 Falcon 9, CRS-17 Dragon & ISS Flown Patch
This incredible NASA 60th Anniversary Patch was launched aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-14 mission to the International Space Station on 2nd April 2018, where they orbited for 14 months before returning to Earth in May 2019.
As per the Space Qualification Process, prior to flight these NASA 60th Anniversary Patches were integrated into the MISSE Sample Carrier (MSC) clean room facilities in Houston, Texas, near NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Once integrated the MSC containing the patches were vibration, thermal and vacuum tested for flight verification and when testing was complete, were shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida. After arriving at the Cape the payload was then loaded onto the S.S. John Young capsule.
The payload was launched aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-14 mission on 2nd April 2018 at 20:30:38 UTC, and docked two days later at the International Space Station on 4th April 2018 at 13:00 UTC.
Once docked the MSC was removed from the Dragon capsule by the Astronauts on board the station, after which the MSC was sent outside of the airlock and transferred to the MISSE-Flight Facility using the ISS robotic arm, where it will remain for a 12 month flight in orbit around the Earth.
During the flight aboard the Space Station the patch will be subjected to the most hostile environment imaginable… Space.
While in space the patches and patches will be subject to:
- Temperatures of -100 °C (-148 °F) up to 120 °C (248 °F)
- Electromagnetic Radiation (UV-A, UV-B, UV-C, Visible Light, IR)
- Micro-Gravity (Weightlessness)
- Vacuum of Space
The mission lasted a total of 14 months, 1 day, 1 hour, 18 minutes, 0 seconds from the moment of liftoff until splashdown and in that time it travelled over 175 million miles during its flight aboard the ISS (4.8 miles per second x 14 months).
Each patch will come with photographs and certification documentation.
About the design
The Pins and Patches were made to celebrate NASA's 60th Anniversary, an incredible milestone in spaceflight and an even more incredible history. The design shows the NASA logo and the below graphic being held in place by a ''6'', thus representing the 60th Anniversary. The below graphic shows a Command Module having been launched into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the historic launch site. Above the Earth sits a half-moon, the other half being made up of 12 stars, thus representing the 12 men who walked on its surface. Finally, beside the Cape are 3 stars, a tribute to the Apollo 1 crew. The design is finished with ''60 Years in Space'' written along the bottom. In all we wanted a design which encapsulated the struggles, achievements and memory of all which NASA has achieved in its 60 years.