ASTEX (FRUSA)

FRUSA
(and other US military weather-related and scientific/research satellites)


This page contains philatelic information on the FRUSA (Flexible Rolled-Up Solar Array) (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research) 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.

FRUSA is also known as ASTEX (Advanced Space Technology EXperiment).

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)
GRS GRS GRS
ESRS ESRS ESRS
FRUSA FRUSA FRUSA


Below is a list of FRUSA (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
GRS (Geophysical Research Satellite)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
ESRS (Environmental Sciences Research Satellite)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
FRUSA (Flexible Rolled-Up Solar Array)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


Below is a list of FRUSA (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research) satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1963-06-29: GRS (Geophysical Research Satellite)
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverGRS launch
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertGRS launch
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGRS launch
1964-06-25: ESRS (Environmental Sciences Research Satellite) [failed]
United States1964-06-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverESRS launch [failed]
1971-10-17: FRUSA (Flexible Rolled-Up Solar Array)
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(InterSpace Cover) cachet on cover, also insertFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson geography/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson geography/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverFRUSA launch


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