The medallions worn by the crew of the USCSS Nostromo were designed by John Mollo to indicate the functions of each of the crew members. As small as these medallions are, they hint at a vast universe that lurks behind the scenes. While it is never actually mentioned by name by the crew, the Weylan Yutani Corporation’s signature is everywhere. The crew has a uniform (lax as they may be with the standards,) and the following insignia are an interesting, and easily overlooked, part of it.
This is the insignia worn by the Executive Officers of the USCSS Nostromo. The Authorized Portfolio of Crew Insignias from The UNITED STATES COMMERCIAL SPACESHIP NOSTROMO Designs and Realizations issued by the Thinking Cap Company in 1980 labels this insignia as “Flight Crew,” however, the “memo” included in the portfolio indicates that this is meant for the Executive Officers. This insignia is worn by Dallas, Kane, and Ripley.
The insignia worn by the ship’s Science Officer, Ash. The design of the Science Department’s insignia is meant to represent a molecular cluster, blue in color, on brass. Interestingly, the portfolio mentioned above suggests that these insignia were meant to be worn on the collar of the crew shirts. As near as I can tell, Ash is the only one who actually wears his insignia in this fashion.
As the ship’s navigator, Lambert wore this insignia on her vest. Officially, it is meant to represent a star chart cluster, orange in color, on brass. This is pretty much how I interpreted this design before I saw the “official” description. The circles representing planetary bodies or stars with courses plotted between.
This is the insignia intended to be worn by the Engineering Department. The portfolio mentioned above states that this is an electrode cluster, blue in color, on brass. It looks very much like an old radial aircraft engine to my mind, which would also make sense for an engineering department. I haven’t been able to locate a screen capture or photo of Parker wearing this insignia, but Brett wears it on his jacket on top of an embroidered pair of wings. Interestingly, this is the only one of the departmental insignia that is not circular.
I did some searching for reproductions of these Departmental Insignia, and purchased the Executive Officer pin that I will be using for my costume from the Patches N’ Pins website.