A Partnership Since 1961
In 1961 while in Union City, New Jersey; E. Henry Conrad worked with NASA (using their new logo) and created the first embroidered patch for NASA most commonly known as the “meatball”.
Since February 24, 1970 A-B Emblem has been the exclusive supplier to the astronaut’s office and has held the contract ever since. We make every mission and expedition patch that is sold to NASA and that is flown in space.
Pre-computer era the commander of the mission would often fly in a T-38 to the Asheville airport and come personally to the factory to help our designers morph their graphics into art, using needle and thread.
The commander still gets the honor of designing the mission patch, but with email and digital files, the commander no longer needs to physically fly to Asheville, to get the job done.