DMSP

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
(DMSP) series


This page contains philatelic information on the US Air Force (USAF) Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) 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.

The DMSP series was called Defense Satellite Application Program (DSAP) thru DSAP-5B-F4, followed by DMSP-5B-F5. [Note that a few of the DMSP items below should be changed to DSAP names to conform to this naming system.]

DMSP series are built on the same spacecraft bus as NOAA series satellites. Therefore, it is hard to distinguish between the two, and items that are not specifically identified are assumed to be NOAA rather than DMSP.

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)
DSAP/DMSP
(USAF)
DMSP (USAF) DMSP
(USAF)
DMSP (on other than DMSP launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) (USAF)
CroatiaNoneCachet on postal card2012DSAP/DMSP-1


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) (USAF)
1963-02-19: DSAP-1-F3
United States1963-02-19Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? red and cyan and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-1-F3 launch ("secret")
1963-04-26: DSAP-1-F4
United States1963-04-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-1-F4 launch
United States1963-04-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? cyan and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-1-F4 launch
1964-01-19: DSAP-1-F6+F7
United States1964-01-19Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-1-F6+F7 launch
1964-06-18: DSAP-1-F8+F9
United States1964-06-17Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-1-F8+F9 launch
1966-09-16: DSAP-4A-F1
United States1966-09-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4A-F1 launch ("secret")
1967-02-08: DSAP-4A-F2
United States1967-02-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4A-F2 launch ("secret payload")
1967-08-23: DSAP-4A-F3
United States1967-08-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4A-F3 launch
1967-10-11: DSAP-4A-F4
United States1967-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverDSAP-4A-F4 launch
1968-10-23: DSAP-4B-F2
United States1968-10-22
1968-10-23
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Great Neck NY
(Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4B-F2 launch ("secret satellite")
1969-07-23: DSAP-4B-F3
United States1969-07-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4B-F3 launch ("secret")
United States1969-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSAP-4B-F3 launch ("secret satellite")
1970-02-11: DMSP-5A-F1
United States1970-02-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson geography/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5A-F1 launch ("secret satellite")
1972-03-24: DMSP-5B-F2
United States1972-03-24Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F2 launch
United States1972-03-24Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Centennial black rocket, type 1) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F2 launch
1972-11-08: DMSP-5B-F3
United States1972-11-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F3 launch ("'code 417' classified")
United States1972-11-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F3 launch ("'code 417' classified")
1974-03-16: DMSP-5B-F5
United States1974-03-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F5 launch
United States1974-03-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Covers) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F5 launch
United States1974-03-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5B-F5 launch
1974-08-08: DMSP-5C-F1
United States1974-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5C-F1 launch
1975-05-23: DMSP-5C-F2
United States1975-05-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5C-F2 launch
1976-02-19: DMSP-5C-F3 [failed]
United States1976-02-19Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5C-F3 launch [failed] (not "SAMOS", as in text)
United States1976-02-19Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cyan-green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5C-F3 launch [failed] ("secret payload")
1976-09-11: DMSP-5D1-F1
United States1976-09-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F1 launch
United States1976-09-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F1 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted3; "secret research satellite")
United States1976-09-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F1 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted3; "secret research satellite")
1977-06-04: DMSP-5D1-F2
United States1977-06-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F2 launch
United States1977-06-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F2 launch ("classified spacecraft")
1978-05-01: DMSP-5D1-F3
United States1978-05-01Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F3 launch
United States1978-05-01Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F3 launch
United States1978-05-01Vandenberg AFB(DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F3 launch
1979-06-06: DMSP-5D1-F4
United States1979-06-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F4 launch
United States1979-06-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau? red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F4 launch (generic rocket depicted4)
United States1979-06-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau? red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverDMSP-5D1-F4 launch (generic rocket depicted4)
1980-07-15: DMSP-5D1-F5 [failed]
United States1980-07-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F5 launch [failed]
United States1980-07-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverDMSP-5D1-F5 launch [failed]
United States1980-07-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDMSP-5D1-F5 launch [failed]
1987-06-19: DMSP-5D2-F8
United States1987-06-19Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/Boudwin? purple and green rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverDMSP-5D2-F8 launch
1988-02-03: DMSP-5D2-F91
United States1988-02-02Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D2-F9 launch
United States1988-02-02Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/DuBeau? purple and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDMSP-5D2-F9 launch
United States1988-02-02Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverDMSP-5D2-F9 launch
United States1988-02-02Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Boudwin multi-color rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverDMSP-5D2-F9 launch
1997-04-04: DMSP-5D2-F14
United States1997-04-04Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Coast Philately) cachet on coverDMSP-5D2-F14 launch
1999-12-12: DMSP-5D3-F15
United States1999-12-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(B&D) cachet on coverDMSP-5D3-F15 launch
2003-10-18: DMSP-5D3-F162
United States2003-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverDMSP-5D3-F16 launch
United States2003-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverDMSP-5D3-F16 launch
United States2003-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Picture) cachet on coverDMSP-5D3-F16 launch
2006-11-04: DMSP-5D3-F17
United States2006-11-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backDMSP-5D3-F17 launch
United States2006-11-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverDMSP-5D3-F17 launch
2009-10-18: DMSP-5D3-F18
United States2009-10-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backDMSP-5D3-F18 launch
DMSP (on other than DMSP launch covers)
United States1976-03-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on KH8-46 launch coverNot "Defense Meteorological Satellite" (as in text)

1DMSP-5D2-F9 newspaper article
2DMSP-5D3-F16 newspaper article
3The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover; the comsat design is similar to that of the Westar-1/2/3 type satellites.
4The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover


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