Ariel-1

Ariel / UK series
satellites

Ariel-1
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This page contains philatelic information on the Ariel / UK series satellites. 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)
Reference images
(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)
Ariel / UK (UK) Ariel / UK (UK) Ariel / UK (UK) Ariel / UK (UK)
Ariel (on other than Ariel launch covers)


Below is a list of Ariel-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Ariel / UK (UK)
Cuba775 cover (Mi835 cover)Cachet on cover1967"UK-2" / Ariel-2
Dubai124 (Mi368)1970Ariel-3/4 type
Equatorial GuineaBL_A297 blackIn (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (MiA1343), silver foil, black printing1980Ariel-3/4 type
Equatorial GuineaBL_A297 redIn (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (MiA1343), silver foil, red printing
Equatorial GuineaBL_B297 blackIn (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (MiB1343), gold foil, black printing
Equatorial GuineaBL_B297 redIn (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (MiB1343), gold foil, red printing
Hungary1666 (Mi2108A)
i1666 (Mi2108B)

Imperforate
1965Ariel-1
Hungary1659+1661+1666-1667 fdc
i1659+i1661+i1666-i1667 fdc
One of four stamps on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps on FDC
Hungary2667+label (Mi3459A+label)
i2667+label (Mi3459B+label)
Stamp and label, also detail
Imperforate stamp and label
1980Ariel-1/2 type
Hungary2667+label fdcStamp and label on FDC
MongoliaC33k (Mi742)One of MS12 (C33 (a-l))1972"Ariel-2"
Oman StateUnlisted b (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted ib
One of MS8 (a-h)
One of imperforate MS8 (a-h)
1974Ariel-1
Panama472 (Mi933)
i472

Imperforate with changed colors
1966"UK-1" / Ariel-1, "UK-2" / Ariel-2
Panama472Bc (BL61)
i472Bc (BL62)
In (right) margin of MS2 (472A-472B)
In (right) margin of imperforate MS2 (i472A-i472B), changed colors
Panama492 (Mi1105a)472 overprinted in black1968"UK-1" / Ariel-1, "UK-2" / Ariel-2
Panama492 var (Mi1105b)472 overprinted in gold
Panama492B (BL99a)
i492B (BL100a)
In (right) margin of MS2, 472Bc overprinted in black
In (right) margin of imperforate MS2, i472Bc overprinted in black, changed colors
Panama492B var (BL99b)
i492B var (BL100b)
In (right) margin of MS2, 472Bc overprinted in gold
In (right) margin of imperforate MS2, i472Bc overprinted in gold, changed colors
PanamaC365c (Mi1139)One stamp and on (left) selvedge of MS6 (C365 (a-f))1969"UK-3" / Ariel-3
PhilippinesBLIIA
BLIIB
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1968Ariel-1
PhilippinesBLIIA snvIn (upper) margin of SS1, BLII overprinted "SNV"
PhilippinesBLIIB airIn (upper) margin of imperforate SS1, BLII inscribed "airmail"
Poland1468 (Mi1372)1966"Ariel-2"
Poland1467-1468+1472 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands906 (BL221)In (upper-left) margin of SS11989Ariel-1/2 type
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalSet-C4 (blue)1964"Ariel-1"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc1Set-C4 (blue) (in cachet position) on FDC (machine cancel)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc2Set-C4 (blue) (in cachet position) on FDC (hand cancel)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pSet-C4 (blue) overprinted in gold1965"Ariel-1"
TongaNoneOne of essay strip of 31983Ariel-1/2 type
Umm Al QiwainMi81A
Mi81B

Imperforate
1966Ariel-1/2 type1
Umm Al QiwainMi78A-82A+BL5B fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi92A
Mi92B
Mi81A overprinted new currency
Mi81B overprinted new currency
1967Ariel-1/2 type1
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC1962Ariel-1/2 type1 ("UKS-51'" in text)
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomMi801-804_ms4
Mi805-808_ms4
In (lower-right) margin of MS4 (Mi801-804)
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi805-808) inscribed in red
1969Ariel-3/4 type
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomBL167A
BL167B
In (right) margin of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
Yugoslavia1045 (Mi1409)From MS9 (1045a (9x 1045))1971Ariel-1
Yugoslavia1045-1047 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC

1The images of Ariel-1/2 on these items (with just two arms) are missing the three paddle-wheel solar panels found in other images.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Ariel / UK (UK)
1962-04-26: Ariel-1 / UK-1
Netherlands1962-04-26?Amsterdam(Printed) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachet) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Patrick AFB, FL(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Zaso) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin?) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Boerger/AB Covers) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Patrick AFB, FL(C. Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(Sokolsky) cachet on coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-26Port Canaveral FL(newspaper clipping and typed) cachet on (airmail) coverAriel-1 launch
United States1962-04-27Port Canaveral FL(Sokolsky) cachet (different) on coverAriel-1 launch
1964-03-27: Ariel-2 / UK-2
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (slightly different) on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Goldcraft Cachet) cachet on coverAriel-2 launch
United States1964-03-27Wallops Island VA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverAriel-2 launch; also IQSY
1967-05-05: Ariel-3 / UK-3
United States1967-05-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-3 launch
United States1967-05-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(NASA printed) cachet on coverAriel-3 launch
United States1967-05-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-3 launch; also "Ariel-1 and 2" (in text on insert)
United States1967-05-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverAriel-3 launch (Ariel-2 image, mis-spelled "Aerial" in text)
United States1967-05-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverAriel-3 launch
Ariel-3 / UK-3 (anniversary)
Great Britain2017-05-05Guildford(Benham) cachet on cover50th anniv. Ariel-3 launch
1971-12-11: Ariel-4 / UK-4
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-4 launch; also "Ariel-1", "Ariel-2", and "Ariel-3" (in insert text)
United States1971-12-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Sarzin) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Cygnus no.11/Andromeda/Riser) cachet on (airmail) cover, also insertAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Cygnus no.11/Andromeda/Riser) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) cover, also insertAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Cygnus no.11/Andromeda/Riser) cachet (and different signature) on (airmail) cover, also insertAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.29) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-4 launch; also "Ariel-3" (in insert text)
United States1971-12-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-4 launch
1974-10-15: Ariel-5 / UK-5
Kenya1974-10-15Malindi(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAriel-5 launch
Kenya1974-10-15Malindi(Printed) cachet on cover, also backAriel-5 launch
United Kingdom1974-10-15Slough, Berkshire(Printed) cachet on coverAriel-5 launch
United Kingdom1974-10-15Portsmouth, Hants(Printed) cachet on coverAriel-5 launch
United States1974-10-15Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverAriel-5 launch
1979-06-02: Ariel-6 / UK-6
United States1979-06-02GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverAriel-6 launch
United States1979-06-02Wallops Island VA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverAriel-6 launch (Ariel-3/4 type depicted)
United States1979-06-02Wallops Island VA (hand cancel)(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-6 launch
United States1979-06-02Wallops Island VA (machine cancel)(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverAriel-6 launch
United States1979-06-02Wallops Island VA(Swanson black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAriel-6 launch
United States1979-06-02Wallops Island VA (machine cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAriel-6 launch
United States1979-06-02
1979-06-02
Wallops Island VA (machine cancel)
Wallops Island VA (hand cancel)
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAriel-6 launch
Ariel (on other than Ariel launch covers)
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin?) cachet on Relay-2 launch coverAriel-3/4 type
United States1965-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on OSO-2 launch coverAriel-1/2 type
United States1974-03-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on X-4 / Miranda launch coverAriel-3/4 type
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch coverAriel-2 / "UK-2"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch coverAriel-2 / "UK-2"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch coverAriel-2 / "UK-2"
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch coverAriel-2 / "UK-2"


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