Echo-1

Echo-series
satellites

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This page contains philatelic information on the Echo-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)
Echo Echo Echo
Echo (on other than Echo launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Echo
BatumiLocal_b
Local_ib
One of local post MS6 (a-f)
One of imperforate local post MS6 (a-f)
1997"Echo-1"
BatumiLocal_b o/p1One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in gold1998"Echo-1"
BatumiLocal_b o/p2One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in silver
Burundi45-46 fdc (Mi51-52 fdc)Cachet on FDC1963
Central African Republic334 (Mi541A)
i334 (Mi541B)

Imperforate
1978
Central African Republic334a (BL25A)
i334a (BL25B)
On stamp of SS1 (334)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i334)
Dominica2238b (Mi2897)One of MS6 (2238 (a-f)) (Mi2896-2901)2000"Echo-1"
Ecuador748D (Mi1194)1966"Echo-2"
Ecuador748Df (BL14)
i748Df
MS3 (748+748B+748D) (Mi1990+1992+1994)
Imperforate MS3 (748+748B+748D), with changed background color
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Echo-1"
Kazakhstan291A (Mi294)2000"Echo"
Kazakhstan295 (Mi295)
Kazakhstan297 (Mi296)
Monaco606 (Mi799)1965"Echo-2"
Monaco606 fdc1Stamp and (PJ) cachet on FDC
Monaco606 fdc2Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
Monaco605-607 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC (B. Minne cachet)
Monaco605-610 fdcOne of six stamps on FDC (B. Minne cachet)
Mongolia367 (Mi371)1964"Echo-2" launch
PanamaC351 (Mi902)
iC351 (Mi903)

Imperforate with changed colors
1966"Echo-2"
PanamaC352 (BL54)
iC352
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1, changed colors
Paraguay832 (Mi1340)1964"Eco-2" (Echo-2)
Paraguay831-832 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Paraguay898 (Mi1474)1965"Eco-2" (Echo-2)
Paraguay895-899 fdc1One of five stamps on FDC
Paraguay895-899 fdc2One of five stamps on FDC (different)
Paraguay900 (Mi1476)
Paraguay900-902 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Paraguay900a (BL73)
i900a (BL74)
On one of MS2 (899-900)
On one of imperforate MS2 (i899-i900), changed colors
Paraguay900a muestra
i900a muestra
On one of MS2 (899-900) overprinted "muestra"
On one of imperforate MS2 (i899-i900), changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay994 (Mi1650)
i994 (Mi1658)

Imperforate with changed colors
1966"Echo-1", "Echo-2"
Paraguay994 muestra
i994 muestra

Imperforate with changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay994-998 fdcOne of five stamps and (printed) cachet on FDC
Paraguay1001 (Mi1657)
i1001 (Mi1665)

Imperforate with changed colors
Paraguay1001 muestra
i1001 muestra

Imperforate with changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay1001a (BL93)
i1001a (BL94)
On stamp of SS1 (1001)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1001), changed colors
Paraguay1001a muestra
i1001a muestra
On stamp of SS1 (1001) overprinted "muestra"
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1001), changed colors, overprinted "muestra"
Paraguay1127 (Mi1866)1968"Echo-1" re-entry
Paraguay1134 (Mi1873)Echo-1
Paraguay1134a (BL115)Imperforate MS3 (1126-1127+1134)
Qatar64 (Mi67)Imperforate with changed colors1965"Echo-2"
Qatar67 (Mi70)Imperforate with changed colors
Qatar68a (BL2)On one of MS2 (67-68)
Qatar94 (Mi97a)64 overprinted in black1966"Echo-2"
Qatar97 (Mi100a)67 overprinted in black
Qatar98a (BL3a)On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in black
Qatar94 var1 (Mi97b)64 overprinted in red1966"Echo-2"
Qatar97 var1 (Mi100b)67 overprinted in red
Qatar98a var1 (BL3b)On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in red
Qatar94 var2 (Mi97c)64 overprinted in blue1966"Echo-2"
Qatar97 var2 (Mi100c)67 overprinted in blue
Qatar98a var2 (BL3c)On one of MS2 (97-98), 68a overprinted in blue
Qatar114C (Mi198)64 surcharged new currency in black/red1966"Echo-2"
Qatar114F (Mi201)67 surcharged new currency in black/red
Qatar117C (Mi228)94 surcharged new currency1966"Echo-2"
Qatar117F (Mi231)99 surcharged new currency
Qatar117Gh (BL10A)
i117Gh (BL10B)
On one of MS2 (97-98), 98a surcharged new currency
On one of imperforate MS2 (i97-i98), i98a surcharged new currency
Russia (USSR)3053 (Mi3076)1965Echo-2 (and Luna-1/2 type)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalSet-D01 (green)1964"Echo"
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdcStamp (in cachet position) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pSet-D01 (green) overprinted in gold1965"Echo"
Somali CoastC36 fdc (Mi365 fdc)('FDC') cachet on FDC1965"Echo-2"
United Nations112 fdc (Mi122 fdc)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC1962"Echo"
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC, also annotated cachet"Echo" (in lower part of FDC), also in small reproduction of USA 1173; "Echo-1"
United Nations113 fdc (Mi123 fdc)Stamp and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC"Echo"
United States1173 (Mi803)1960"Echo-1"
United States1173 fdc1Stamp and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc2Stamp and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (plus signature)
United States1173 fdc3Stamp and (black rubber-stamp?) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc4Stamp and (ATA Space Unit) cachet on FDC (3-line cancel)1
United States1173 fdc5Stamp and (ATA Space Unit) cachet (same) on FDC (4-line cancel)
United States1173 fdc6Stamp and (ATA Space Unit) cachet (and signatures) on First Day of Sale cover (3-line cancel)2
United States1173 fdc7Stamp and (Bell Labs) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc8Stamp and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc9Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also information sheet, letter, and skin sample
United States1173 fdc10Stamp and (Henry) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc11Stamp and (Stephen Anderson) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc12Stamp and (Fluegel Covers) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc13Stamp and (Meter Digest) cachet (same design as stamp) on FDC
United States1173 fdc14Stamp and (Soar) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc15Stamp and (HF) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc16Stamp and (Webcraft addon, applied in 2009) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc17Stamp and (Aerojet Stamp Club) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc18Stamp and (The Aristocrats/Day Lowry) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc19Stamp and (Tri-Color) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc20Stamp and (Overseas Mailer) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc21Stamp and (Bell Telephone Co.) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc22Stamp on FDC (no cachet, 3-line cancel)
United States1173 fdc23Stamp on (airmail) FDC (no cachet, 4-line cancel)
United States1173 fdc24Stamp and (Cachet Craft/Ken Boll) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc25Stamp and (printed and typed) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc26Stamp and (Boerger) cachet on FDC
United States1173 fdc26Stamp and (Bell Labs) cachet (and signature) on FDC; also Echo-1 re-entry
United States1173 fdc27Stamp and (Astro Covers) cachet on FDC; also 39th anniv. Echo-1 launch
United States1173 fdc28Stamp and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC; also 50th anniv. Echo-1 launch
United States1173 sp(NASA) souvenir page (1173)
United StatesSP49(USPS) souvenir page (1173)
United StatesNonepostcard back, also front~1960"Echo"-1
United StatesNone(G.T. Schjeldahl Co.) cachet on cover1961"Echo-1" skin sample
United StatesNone(Astro Covers) cachet on cover1962"Echo" (in text)
United States1393 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Riser/Andromeda Space Covers) cachet on cover1970"Echo-1" (and "SCORE")
United StatesSC18(BEP and Interpex) souvenir card of 4 (1173)1975"Echo-1"
United States1556 sc (Mi1164 sc)(PCS) souvenir card (with Aristocrat FDC)1975"Echo-1" (in text)
United StatesNone(Smithsonian) insert1 back from cover, also insert1, insert2, insert2 back, and cover1975"On August 12, 1960, ECHO, the world's largest man-made satellite (at that time), was placed in orbit to test the feasibility of passive artificial satellite communications"
United StatesNone(PCS) cachet on cover, also insert197919th anniv. issue USA 1173; "Echo-1"
United StatesNone(Astro Covers) cachet on cover198325th anniv. NASA; Echo-1
United StatesNone(Astro Covers) cachet (different) on cover198325th anniv. NASA; Echo-1
UruguayC422 (BL29)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (C422 (a-c))1976"Echo-1"
UruguayC423 (BL30)In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (C423 (a-c))

1Inserts for this FDC: ATA Space Unit Astrophile space activities summary for Echo-1 launch and Post Office release no.345 and New York Times newspaper clipping.
2Inserts for this FDC: ATA Space Unit Astrophile front and back and inside pages from 16 Dec 1960 honoring Echo-1 and the issue of USA 1173 by showing the Post Office bulletin that later became SP49.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
[sub-orbital] Echo test launches
1959-10-28: Shotput-1 [sub-orbital]
United States1958-10-29Wallops Island VA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverShotput-1 launch
1960-02-27: Shotput-3 [sub-orbital]
No launch cover images available yet
Shotput-3 (events)
United States1960-02-29Wallops Island VA(Blue) cachet on cover"Project Echo lights up Eastern sky" (in text)
Echo
1960-08-12: Echo-1
United States1960-08-12Patrick AFB, FL(blank/no) cachet on coverEcho-1 launch
United States1960-08-12Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEcho-1 launch
United States1960-08-12Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverEcho-1 launch
United States1960-08-12Patrick AFB, FL(Sig Bette) cachet on coverEcho-1 launch
United States1960-08-12Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft paste-on) cachet on coverEcho-1 launch
Echo-1 (events)
United States1961-08-12Cleveland OH(Astro Covers) cachet on cover (3c meter)Echo-1 5000th orbit (1st anniv. launch)
United States1961-08-12Cleveland OH(Astro Covers) cachet on cover (4c meter)Echo-1 5000th orbit (1st anniv. launch)
United States1962-08-12Cleveland OH(Astro Covers) cachet on coverEcho-1 10,000th orbit (2nd anniv. launch)
United States1968-05-24
1960-12-15
Holmdel NJ
Washington DC
(Bell Labs) cachet on coverEcho-1 re-entry; also USA 1173 fdc
Echo-1 (anniversaries)
United States1975-08-12Kennedy Space Center FL(MoF no.30) cachet on cover15th anniv. Echo-1 launch
United States1999-08-10
1960-12-15
Cleveland OH, West Park
Washington DC
(Astro Covers) cachet on cover39th anniv. Echo-1 launch; also USA 1173 fdc
United States2010-08-12Holmdel NJ(Sig Bette) cachet on cover50th anniv. Echo-1 launch
United States2010-08-12Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover50th anniv. Echo-1 launch
United States2010-08-12
1960-12-15
Holmdel NJ
Washington DC
(Artmaster) cachet on cover50th anniv. Echo-1 launch; also USA 1173 fdc
United States2015-08-12Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover55th anniv. Echo-1 launch
1962-01-15: Big Shot-1 [sub-orbital Echo test, failed]
United States1962-01-15Port Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on (airmail) coverBig Shot-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket launch [failed]
United States1962-01-15Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverBig Shot-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket launch [failed]
1962-07-18: Big Shot-2 [sub-orbital Echo test]
United States1962-07-18Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on coverBig Shot-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket launch
United States1962-07-18Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on coverBig Shot-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket launch
1964-01-25: Echo-2
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature, different) cachet on cover, also insertEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEcho-2 launch
United States1964-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverEcho-2 launch
Echo-2 (events)
United States1964-01-27Cleveland OH(Astro Covers blue) cachet on coverorbital pass over Cleveland
United States1964-01-27Cleveland OH(Astro Covers blue and black) cachet on coverorbital pass over Cleveland
United States1964-01-27Cleveland OH(Astro Covers black) cachet on coverorbital pass over Cleveland
Echo (on other than Echo launch covers)
United States1962-10-31Cape Canaveral FL(Artmaster FDC) cachet on ANNA-2 launch cover"Echo"
United States1965-06-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on PAGEOS launch cover"Echo-1" (in text)
United States1968-11-08Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on Pioneer-9 and TETR-2 launch cover, also annotatedEcho
United States1969-02-05Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) insert2 from Intelsat-3-3 launch cover, also front and insert1"Echo-1" and "Echo-2" (in text only)
United States1975-05-23Haleiwa HI(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (with reproduction of USA 1173) on Intelsat-4-1 launch cover"Echo-1"
United States1985-03-23Park Forest IL(Parforex-25) cachet on TIROS-1 anniversary cover"Echo"-1
United States1990-03-31Park Forest IL(Parforex-30) cachet on TIROS-1 anniversary cover"Echo"


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