Michael Okuda has been designing mission patches for NASA for years and his patches include several for the Constellation program.
The first flight of NASA’s Ares I-X launched successfully this morning from launchpad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. Okuda designed a patch for the Ares (launch vehicle,) Orion (crew vehicle) and Constellation program (under which both Ares and Orion falls.)
Okuda was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal last July for his artwork. The medal recognizes “exceptional contributions to the mission of NASA.”
“I love the style of military unit or squadron emblems,” said Okuda. “That wonderful sense of bravado, since that’s such a big part of NASA’s culture.”
Okuda’s Star Trek art design work could be seen in four of the five television series, six Star Trek films and work on the Star Trek: Remastered series.
The Ares will be used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired, and will also be used to explore destinations below low Earth orbit.