Alouette-1

Alouette and
ISIS series

Alouette-1
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This page contains philatelic information on the Alouette-series satellites and the International Satellite for Ionospheric Studies (ISIS) series. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Alouette (Canada) Alouette (Canada) Alouette (Canada)
Alouette (on other than Alouette launch covers)
ISIS (Canada) ISIS (Canada) ISIS (Canada)
ISIS (on other than ISIS launch covers)


Below is a list of Alouette and ISIS series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Alouette (Canada)
Canada445 (Mi389)1966"Alouette-2"; design reproduced on cachet of USA Alouette-2 and Explorer-31 cover
Canada445 fdc1Stamp and (multi-color) cachet on FDC
Canada445 fdc2Stamp and (blue printed) cachet on FDC (Toronto cancel)
Canada445 fdc3Stamp and (RoseCraft) cachet on FDC
Canada445 fdc4Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Canada445 fdc5Stamp on FDC (Chickering cachet)
Canada445 fdc6Stamp and (purple rubber-stamp) cachet on FDC (also Chickering cachet)
Canada445 fdc7Stamp on FDC (H&E cachet)
Canada445 fdc8Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Canada445 fdc9Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
Canada445 fdc10Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet, different)
Canada445 fdc11Stamp on FDC (no cachet)
Canada445 fdc12Stamp and (ATA Space Unit) cachet on FDC
Canada445 fdc13Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC (Windsor cancel)
Canada445 scSouvenir card
Canada1442a fdc (Mi? fdc)(Canada Post Corp.) back of FDC, also front1992"Alouette-1" (in text only)
Canada1831c (Mi1822)One of MS4 (1831 (a-d)) (BL49, Mi1820-1823)2000Alouette (in red)
Mozambique2708 (Mi6181-6186)MS6 (2708 (a-f))201250th anniv. "Alouette-1" launch
Mozambique2708 fdcMS6 and cachet on FDC
Mozambique2738 (BL693)SS1
Mozambique2738 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Nicaragua1153 (Mi2262)1982Alouette
Nigeria143a (Mi134)In (lower) margin of MS12 (12x 143)1963Alouette
Nigeriai143aIn (lower) margin of "imperforate"1 MS12 (12x 143)
Nigeria144a (Mi135)In (lower) margin of MS12 (12x 144)
Nigeriai144aIn (lower) margin of "imperforate"1 MS12 (12x 144)
PhilippinesBLIIA
BLIIB
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1968Alouette
PhilippinesBLIIA snvIn (upper-left) margin of SS1, BLII overprinted "SNV"
PhilippinesBLIIB airIn (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, BLII inscribed "airmail"
Poland1471 (Mi1735)1966"Alouette"
Poland1469-1471 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalSet-C1 (blue)1964"Alouette"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pSet-C1 (blue) overprinted in gold1965"Alouette"
Sierra Leone1069g (Mi1218)One of MS9 (1069 (a-i)) (Mi1212-1220)1989Alouette-1 (by 1962 date)
Sierra Leone1069g specimenOne of MS9 (1069 specimen (a-i))
Umm Al QiwainMi83A
Mi83B

Imperforate
1966Alouette
Umm Al QiwainBL5A
BL5B
MS2 (Mi87A-88A)
Imperforate MS2 (Mi87B-88B)
Umm Al QiwainBL5A+Mi411A fdcMS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi78A-82A+BL5B fdcImperforate MS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi83A-86A+BL5A fdcOne of four stamps and MS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi94A
Mi94B
Mi83A overprinted new currency
Mi83B overprinted new currency
1967Alouette
Umm Al QiwainBL6A
BL6B
MS2 (Mi98A-99A), BL5A overprinted new currency
Imperforate MS2 (Mi98B-99B), BL5B overprinted new currency
Umm Al QiwainMi94B-97B+BL6A fdcOne of four imperforate stamps and MS2 on FDC
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC1962Alouette
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1967"Alouette"
United StatesNone(R.E. Nichol) cachet on cover, also back1969Alouette (in red, top center)
United StatesNone(Rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1970Alouette (but "Nimbus-3" in text)
United StatesNone(Rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on cover, also back
Yugoslavia1045 (Mi1409)From MS9 (1045a (9x 1045))1971Alouette
Yugoslavia1045-1047 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
ISIS (Canada)
Canada1831c (Mi1822)One of MS4 (1831 (a-d)) (BL49, Mi1820-1823)2000ISIS (in orange)

1The "imperforate" sheets from Nigeria, i143a and i144a, are imperforate only in the surrounding margins, otherwise the stamps in both sheets are perforated on all sides.


Below is a list of Alouette and ISIS series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Alouette (Canada)
1962-09-28: Alouette-1 (and TAVE)
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft) cachet (and signature) on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-28
1965-11-28
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Vandenberg AFB, CA
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
Alouette-2 launch
United States1962-09-29Lompoc CA(Goldcraft) cachet on coverAlouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-29Lompoc CA(Goldcraft) cachet on cover (different)Alouette-1 launch
United States1962-09-29Lompoc CA(Holden black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverAlouette-1 launch
1965-11-28: Alouette-21 (and Explorer-31 (ISIS-X))
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(AAMS no.3916) cachet (including reproduction of Canada 445) on cover, also backAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on coverAlouette-2 launch
United States1965-11-28
1962-09-28
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Vandenberg AFB, CA
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverAlouette-2 launch
Alouette-1 launch
Alouette (on other than Alouette launch covers)
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover"Alouette"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch cover"Alouette"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover"Alouette"
United States1982-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on Anik-D1 launch cover"Alouette-1"
United States1982-08-26Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on Anik-D1 launch cover
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch cover"Alouette"
ISIS (Canada)
1965-11-28: ISIS-X (Explorer-31) (and Alouette-2)
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch (not Explorer-31 depicted)
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(AAMS no.3916) cachet (including reproduction of Canada 445) on cover, also backISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch
United States1965-11-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on coverISIS-X (Explorer-31) launch
United States1965-11-28
1962-09-28
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Vandenberg AFB, CA
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverISIS-X (Explorer-31)
Alouette-1 launch
1969-01-29: ISIS-1
United States1969-01-29Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 front and insert2 backISIS-1 launch; also "Alouette-1" (in insert front text); also "ISIS-X", "Alouette-2", and "Explorer-31" (on insert2 back text)
United States1969-01-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 front and insert2 backISIS-1 launch; also "Alouette-1" (in insert front text); also "ISIS-X", "Alouette-2", and "Explorer-31" (on insert2 back text)
United States1969-01-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverISIS-1 launch
United States1969-01-29Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson geography/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverISIS-1 launch; also "second generation Alouette"
United States1969-01-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverISIS-1 (not "Explorer-41") launch
United States1969-01-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverISIS-1 launch
1971-03-31: ISIS-2
United States1971-03-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Riser/Andromeda Cover no.31) cachet on (airmail) cover, also insertISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Centennial) cachet on coverISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.14) cachet on cover, also insertISIS-2 launch
United States1971-03-31Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverISIS-2 launch
ISIS (on other than ISIS launch covers)
United States1970-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-1 and CEP-1 launch cover, also insert"to test ISIS-B electron experiment"; also "the design of a similar experiment planned for the ISIS-B US-Canadian satellite" (in insert text)
United States1970-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.7) insert from NOAA-1 and CEP-1 launch cover"planned for the ISIS-B scientific satellite"
United States1976-06-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover"ISIS-1"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch cover"ISIS-1"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover"ISIS-1"
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch cover"ISIS-1"

1Alouette-2 launch newspaper article.


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