ERBS

ERBS, UARS, TRMM,
and SeaWiFS/SeaStar
(and other US
environmental-observing satellites)

UARS
ERBSUARS

This page contains philatelic information on the ERBS (Earth Radiation Budget Satellite), UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite), TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Mapping Mission), and SeaWiFS/SeaStar (and other US environmental-observing 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)
SeaSat SeaSat SeaSat
ERBS ERBS ERBS
ERBS (on other than ERBS launch covers)
UARS UARS UARS
TOMS-EP TOMS-EP TOMS-EP
TOMS-EP (on other than TOMS-EP launch covers)
SeaWiFS / SeaStar1 SeaWiFS / SeaStar1 SeaWiFS / SeaStar1
TRMM TRMM TRMM
Geosat-1 and GFO Geosat-1 and GFO Geosat-1 and GFO
QuikScat QuikScat QuikScat
EO-1 EO-1 EO-1


Below is a list of ERBS, UARS, TRMM, and SeaWiFS/SeaStar (and other US environmental-observing satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
SEA SATellite (SeaSat)
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"SeaSat" (in text only)
United States4893 fdc1 (Mi5079 fdc1)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (DCP cancel)2014
United States4893 fdc2 (Mi5079 fdc2)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (normal cancel)
Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS)
Central African Republic663 (BL283A)
i663 (BL283B)
In (lower-left) margin of SS1
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1984"UARS"
Guinea RepublicMi10653One of MS4 (Mi10652-10655)2014"satellite to study the upper atmosphere" (UARS)
Guinea RepublicMi10652-10655_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
United Nations550 fdc (Mi575 fdc)(Artmaster) cachet on FDC1989"UARS"
United Nations551 fdc (Mi576 fdc)(Artmaster) cachet on FDC
TOMS-EP
United StatesNone(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2000TOMS-EP
SeaWiFS / SeaStar (OrbView-2)1
Chile1339 (Mi1959)2000SeaWiFS / SeaStar / OrbView-2
Tropical Rainfall Mapping Mission (TRMM)
Guinea RepublicBL1586In (upper) margin of SS12008"Tropical Rainfall Mapping Mission" (TRMM)
Guinea RepublicBL1586 fdcSS1 on FDC
Malagasy Republic1415f (Mi none)
i1415f
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999TRMM
Malagasy Republic1415fg (BL none)On stamp of SS1 (1415f)
Geosat-1 and GFO
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
QUIcK SCATterometer (QuikScat)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
EO-1
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"EO-1"

1SeaWiFS is the main instrument on the SeaStar / OrbView-2 satellite, a NASA-instrument / Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) satellite joint venture.


Below is a list of ERBS, UARS, TRMM, and SeaWiFS/SeaStar (and other US environmental-observing satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1978-06-26: SeaSat
United States1978-06-26GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26GSFC, MD(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue and green rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26Pasadena CA(Black and red) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-26Lompoc, Vandenberg AFB, CA(Hamilton Standard/United Technologies) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United States1978-06-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(KSC-WOSO) cachet on coverSeaSat launch
United StatesNoneNone(KSC-WOSO) cachet (same) on (un-canceled) coverSeaSat launch
1984-10-05: ERBS (from STS-17 (41G))
United States1984-09-21Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41G rollout
United States1984-10-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-41G launch; ERBS deployed
United States1984-10-05Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41G launch; ERBS deployed
United States1984-10-05Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-41G launch; ERBS deployed
United States1984-10-05Pasadena CA(Red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41G launch; ERBS deployed
United States1984-10-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41G launch; ERBS deployed
United States1984-10-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on cover"first American woman to walk in space"
United States1984-10-11
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverERBS in orbit?
USA 1913 FDC
United States1984-10-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Rockwell International) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-41G landing
ERBS (on other than ERBS launch covers)
United States1984-12-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-9 launch cover"ERBS" (in text)
United States1984-12-12Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet (same) on NOAA-9 launch cover
1991-09-12: UARS (from STS-48)
United States1991-08-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-48 rollout
United States1991-09-12Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club/NASCOM Network) cachet on coverSTS-48 launch
United States1991-09-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-48 launch
United States1991-09-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-48 launch
United States1991-09-12Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(NASA photo) cachet on coverSTS-48 launch
United States1991-09-12
1991-09-14
Kennedy Space Center FL
Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX
(Blue and purple and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-48 launch
UARS deployed
United States1991-09-13Houston TX(NASA photo) cachet on coverSTS-48 unknown event
United States1991-09-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-48 unknown event
United States1991-09-18Edwards AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-48 landing
United States1991-09-18Edwards AFB, CA(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-48 landing
United States1991-09-18 Edwards AFB, CA(Red printed) cachet on coverSTS-48 landing
United States1991-09-18Edwards AFB, CA(NASA photo) cachet on coverSTS-48 landing
United States1991-09-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-48 arrives at KSC
UARS (events)
United States2011-09-23Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on coverUARS re-entry
1996-07-02: TOMS-EP
No launch cover images available yet
TOMS-EP (on other than TOMS-EP launch covers)
United States2000-04-24Greenbelt MD(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on HST anniversary coverTOMS-EP
1997-08-01: SeaWiFS / SeaStar (OrbView-2)1
United States1997-08-01Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverSeaWifFS / SeaStar / OrbView-2 launch
1997-11-28: TRMM (and ETS-7)
Japan1997-11-28Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverTRMM launch
Geosat-1 and GFO
1985-03-12: Geosat-1
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Blue and red printed) cachet on coverGeosat-1 launch (ETS-3 and other unidentified satellites depicted)
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Magenta and black printed) cachet on coverGeosat-1 launch (other satellites depicted)
1998-02-10: GFO (and Celestis-3 and Orbcomm-FM3/FM4)
United States1998-02-10Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Black printed) cachet on coverGFO launch
1999-06-19: QuikScat
United States1999-06-19Lompoc, Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverQuikScat launch
United States1999-06-19Lompoc, Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverQuikScat launch
United States1999-06-19Pasadena, CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverQuikScat launch
United States1999-06-19Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverQuikScat launch
United States1999-06-19Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SCP photo) cachet on coverQuikScat launch (mis-spelled "Quiksat" in text)
2000-11-21: EO-1 (and SAC-C and Munin)
United States2000-11-21Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverEO-1 launch

1SeaWiFS is the main instrument on the SeaStar / OrbView-2 satellite, a NASA-instrument / Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) satellite joint venture.


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