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Argosy 1 Mission Patch by Rob-Caswell Argosy 1 Mission Patch by Rob-Caswell
This is a patch for the first Argosy mission - Werner von Braun's proposed program to leverage and expand the Apollo technology to send manned missions to Mars starting in the early 1980's. Sadly, due to the politics of the time, it never got much further than the drawing board.

The Argosy missions would have used twin craft on each mission as a safety redundancy. I reasoned that each missions craft would be named after mythical twins - in this case Amphion and Zethus, the twins sons of Zeus and Antiope. The twelve stars represent the twelve man crew. The overall design is a shameless nod to Bob McCall's memorable Apollo 17 mission patch.

I produced this for my buddy Drell-7 who's been modeling and imaging this mission is a series of works in his DA gallery [link] . If you'd like to get full details on the proposed program, check out this great summary from the FALSE STEPS aerospace blog: [link]
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AlphaCentauris Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Ok now i want one! :halfliquid:
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! Me too!! :)
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OccamsRayzor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a terrific patch, very reminiscent of the Apollo 12 and Apollo 17 ones. Good work on capturing the essence of that era.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I tried to use the patches of that era as my stylistic guiding light.
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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Art-deWhill Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   General Artist
AWESOME!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad ya dig it :)
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:iconlmant:
LmAnt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's a great idea, concept and design!
Though I think you've used a flag for the German one that isn't appropriate :)
The official German national flag is just these black/red/golden stripes without the eagle.
The one with the eagle is only used by associated authorities. So if for instance the BND (the German "CIA"), which is a department of the German government and not of the governments of one of the German states, has an office in one if the states in Germany (Bavaria for instance) it would use the flag with the eagle on that building.
If you want to represent "Germany" as a whole you use the flag that only has the stripes, without anything else. :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Would that be true for pre-unification West Germany? This mission would have flown in 1981-83. I couldn't quite recall if the flag was different then. I know East Germany had a crest in the middle of theirs.
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LmAnt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well, I checked to be sure :)
and that law that defined the use of flags in (then western) Germany was from the early 1960ies
:)
So I guess it would be true.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
So.... are you saying "crest" or "no crest"?
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:iconlmant:
LmAnt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just the stripes, no crest (or eagle, or whatever)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Done!! :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Will make the adjustment, pronto! :D
:hug:
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Politics must die so we can explore the universe...die politics, die! :D

Love this patch! :D I love mission patches, I keep meaning to buy a load of both real and fictional patches from ebay and just plaster a coat with them :)
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
So what's keeping you from making your Coat of Many Patches??

Sadly politics and the US space program are locked in a pretty tight bear hug...
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Lack of the fundy stuff! :(

What about the independent space program...of course that'll probably get tied up in the politics/business bollocks of it all...sheesh! We are a cheery bunch eh? ;P
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well the commercial space program is not really a program.... more just self-contained subcontractors that reduce the engineering load on NASA. It'd be cool if we really did have an "independent program"!
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I was sure I saw a documentary where they were building this airport like complex for space tourism, maybe on Prophets of Science Fiction. :D That's a neat show. :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, well that's "space tourism"... or more to the point, trips to the edge of space and back. Not really a "program", per se. More like a "service".
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
If it was a "service", they would do it for free...just for the honour of having cool Sci-Fi geeks like us on their spacecraft. :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
YEAH! YEAH!
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That just looks truly Amazing my friend!!
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks! I still feel like I rather shameless ripped McCall ;p
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bastler Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I like the twin idea, but would not Romulus and Remus be the obvious choice for Mars?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
They can be the choice for Argosy II. The Argosy program would have extended over several missions - but yeah, R&R would be a great pick! :)
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great, very well done.
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad it appeals! :D
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
"Homage"? "Shameless Nod"? There's a difference? ;p
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
"Homage" is more snooty, and "ART SCHOOL"
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
See... I never went to art school. I'm just full of clumsy, direct, dull science speak.
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work! And I prefer to think of it as a "homage" to Bob McCall. I think he would've approved, with his version ending Apollo, and this one starting the next great exploration into the Solar System. Thank you, sir, for adding to the Argosy series!
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