DSP-14

DSP series
satellites


This page contains philatelic information on DSP (Defense Support Pgrogram) 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)
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)
DSP
(USAF)
DSP
(USAF)
DSP
(USAF)
DSP (on other than DSP launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Defense Support Pgrogram (DSP) (USAF)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Defense Support Pgrogram (DSP) (USAF)
1970-11-06: DSP-1
United States1970-11-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertDSP-1 launch ("Project 647" in text on cover; not "MIDAS-10" as in text on cover; "MIDAS-8" and "MIDAS-9" in text on insert; "Vela", in text on cover and insert); ("First secret Titan-3C")
United States1970-11-06Satellite Beach FL(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertDSP-1 launch ("Project 647" in text on cover; not "MIDAS-10" as in text on cover; "MIDAS-8" and "MIDAS-9" in text on insert; "Vela", in text on cover and insert); ("First secret Titan-3C")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(Riser/Andromeda Cover no.19) cachet on (airmail) coverDSP-1 launch ("IMEWS" and "sky spy")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson multi-color rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("sky in the sky satellite")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1970-11-06Kennedy Space Center FL(R. DuBeau red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("spy sat")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("secret" and "spy satellite")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("attack spotting satellite")
United States1970-11-06Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and purple) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch
Australia1970-11-07Woomera SA(Multi-color rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSP-1 launch ("spy in the sky")
1971-05-05: DSP-2
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1971-05-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch ("project 647"; not "MIDAS-11", as in text)
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch ("secret" and "spy satellite")
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch ("secret spy satellite")
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney cyan and purple) cachet on coverDSP-2 launch
1972-03-01: DSP-3
United States1972-03-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertDSP-3 launch (not "MIDAS-12", as in text on cover and insert; "BMEWS-2-3" in text; "code [project] 647"); also DSP-1 and DSP-2 by their launch dates and reference to the first and second USAF/TRW early warning satellites (in insert text)
United States1972-03-01Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1972-03-01Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1972-03-01Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch ("spy in the sky" and "satellite [project] 647")
United States1972-03-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch ("spy-in-the-sky satellite")
United States1972-03-01Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch
United States1972-03-01Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverDSP-3 launch
1973-06-12: DSP-4
United States1973-06-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDSP-4 launch ("code [project] 647" in text; "BMEWS-2-4")
United States1973-06-12Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDSP-4 launch ("code [project] 647" in text; "BMEWS-2-4")
United States1973-06-12Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverDSP-4 launch ("code [project] 647" in text: "BMEWS-2-4")
United States1973-06-12
1973-06-13
Patrick AFB, FL
Largo FL
(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverDSP-4 launch
1975-12-14: DSP-5
United States1975-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(SCPS) cachet on coverDSP-5 launch ("spysat" and "secret mission")
United States1975-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on cover, also backDSP-5 launch ("spysat" and "secret mission")
United States1975-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-5 launch ("secret satellite")
United States1975-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverDSP-5 launch [not "lost", as in text]
United States1975-12-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDSP-5 launch ("IMEWS-5")
1976-06-26: DSP-6
United States1976-06-25Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on cover (and USA 3167 FDC)DSP-6 launch ("code [project] 614")
1977-02-06: DSP-7
United States1977-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage, with cyan text) cachet on coverDSP-7 launch ("code [project] 647")
United States1977-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage, with blue text) cachet on coverDSP-7 launch ("code [project] 647")
United States1977-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverDSP-7 launch ("secret satellite")
1979-06-10: DSP-8
United States1979-06-11Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverDSP-8 launch ("classified payload")
1981-03-16: DSP-9
United States1981-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverDSP-9 launch
1991-11-24: DSP-16 (from STS-44)
United States1991-10-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-44 rollout
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet (and medallion) on cover, also medallion reverseSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Magenta printed) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet (different) on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Houston TX(Mission patch and green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(NASA photo and mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Black mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue printed) cachet on post cardSTS-44 launch
United States1991-11-25Houston TX(Blue printed) cachet on coverDSP-16 deployed
United States1991-12-01Edwards AFB, CA(Brown printed) cachet on coverSTS-44 landing
DSP (on other than DSP launch covers)
United States1972-12-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) insert from Canyon-5 launch cover, also frontThe "last launch of the TITAN III-C-launched early warning package was made in March 1972" (refers to DSP-3, launched 1 Mar 1972 by a Titan-3C rocket)
United States1978-06-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on Chalet-8 launch cover"DSP"
United States1989-05-08Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-30R/Atlantis landing cover"massive new missile-warning satellite" (likely referring to DSP-14)


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