- Soyuz TMA-15M Patch
Soyuz TMA-15M

The official crew patch for the Soyuz TMA-15M mission. Designed by Anton Shkaplerov, together with Italian artist Riccardo Rossi and candidate cosmonaut Andrei Babkin.Produced by / for Roscosmos.

The crew

The crew of Soyuz TMA-15M.

Designing process

Left: The original design as supplied by the crew. The perspective and colors were slightly improved in the final artwork. Right: Attitude indicator.

The Soyuz TMA-15M patch was designed by spacecraft commander Anton Shkaplerov together with Italian artist Riccardo Rossi and candidate cosmonaut Andrei Babkin.

The original artwork was received by the Soyuz Crew Graphics Support Team in December 2013, where it was redrawn to correct the perspective and colors. Also, the design originally included a classic airplane instead of a jet - this was changed in early 2014 at the request of the crew. The design was approved by Roscosmos on February 13, 2014.

Here is the patch description: The patch for 'Soyuz TMA-15M' is based on the shape and features of an attitude indicator, a fundamental element on an airplane instrument panel. This represents the pilot profession, which is common to all three crewmembers. The outline of a Soyuz spaceship and its golden solar array panels, representing the horizontal lines of the indicator, are integrated with the instrument's pitch and bank angle scales. The depicted attitude of the spaceship corresponds to a bank angle of 15 degrees (the serial number of this Soyuz TMA) and a pitch angle of 51degrees (the orbit inclination).

Russian and Latin characters, indicating the names of the crewmembers and the spaceship's name 'Soyuz TMA-15M', are distributed in the external scale ring.

The Soyuz spaceship flying above Earth connects the left side of the patch, which includes the destination ISS, with the right side the rising Sun (symbol of cognition and renewal).

A shadow, in the shape of an airplane uniting elements of Mig-29, F-16 and AMX, accompanies the flight of the spaceship and points to the indissoluble link between aviation and spaceflight.

The three more prominent stars, next to the constellations Auriga and Cassiopeia, represent the fulfillment of a spaceflight by the cosmonaut and the two astronauts of this expedition. The overall number of stars corresponds to the last two figures of the launch year (2014) and, including the Sun, of the return year (2015).

All designs copyright Roscosmos/

Back up patch

The crew and their patch

Other versions

Produced in Russia by Tsenki.


Soyuz TMA-15M at Wikipedia
Soyuz TMA-15M at Spacefacts
Soyuz TMA-15M on CollectSpace
Expedition-42 images at NASA
Expedition-42 images at Energia
Larger images at our Flickr pages.

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