SMS/GOES-1/3 type

SMS and
GOES series

GOES-8/12 type
SMS/GOES-1/3 typeGOES-8/12 type

This page contains philatelic information on the SMS (Synchronous Meteorological Satellite) series and the GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) 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.

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)
SMS SMS SMS and GOES
GOES GOES
SMS or GOES (on other than SMS or GOES launch covers)


Below is a list of SMS and GOES series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
SMS and GOES
Angola1110c (Mi1446)From MS6 (1110 (a-f)) (Mi1444-1449)1999GOES-4 ("GOES-D" in text)
Angola1110f (Mi1449)"S.M.S. 1980 Missão Solar Máxima" ("SMS" part of text incorrect, SMM depicted)
Cayman Islands628 (Mi642)1991GOES-8/12 type
Cayman Islands628-631 fdc (Mi642-645 fdc)One of four stamps on FDC
Chad708d (Mi1508A)
i708d (Mi1508B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (708 (a-f)) (Mi1505A-1510A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i708 (a-f)) (Mi1505B-1510B)
1997SMS/GOES-1/3 type1 (not "GEOS", as in selvedge text)
CroatiaNoneCachet on cover2010GOES-8/12 type
CroatiaNoneCachet (different) on cover2011"GOES-8"
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse1970s"Synchronous Meteorological Satellite" and "SMS-1"
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse"SMS-2"
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse"GOES-1"
Great Britain1375a+1377a fdc (Mi1337-1340 fdc)In lower-left of (Cotswold Covers) cachet on FDC1991(possible) GOES-8/12 type
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12007GOES-12
Niger1075e (Mi1951)One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947-1952)2001"GOES"-8/12 type
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
Osetia (North)Local_aOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1997GOES-8/12 type
St. Lucia611 (BL36)SS11983SMS/GOES-1/3 type1
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"GOES" (in text only)
Switzerland (WMO)NoneMeter1988GOES-4/7 type (or GMS)2
TurkmenistanBL_A23In (center) margin of MS2 (a-b)2005GOES-13/15 type (not OICETS or INDEX or the Turkmenistan Memorial Capsule, as implied by the launch date 24.08.2005 in the left-hand stamp)
United Nations945a (Mi1075)In (lower-left) margin of MS6 (6x 945)2007GOES-8/12 type
United Nations946 (Mi1076)In background of six stamps, and in (upper) margin of MS6 (946a (6x 946))
United Nations (Geneva)478 (BL?)Partially on stamp and in (lower-right) margin of SS12007GOES-8/12 type
United StatesNone(Printed) cachet on cover1977SMS/GOES-1/3 type1
United StatesNone(Ken Bishop) cachet on cover, also back1985SMS-B depicted (on cover front); "SMS-B" (in text on cover back)
United StatesNone(Lawrence Hall of Science Station) cancel on (airmail) cover1991GOES-8/12 type
United StatesNoneLaunch card~1995"GOES-J" (GOES-9)
United StatesNone(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2000GOES-8/12 type
United StatesNoneCard, also back2011GOES-13/15 type
United States4893 fdc (Mi5079 fdc)(Hobby Link) cachet on FDC, also back2014GOES-R (GOES-16)
Venezuela1426e (Mi2566)One of MS5 (1426 (a-e)) (Mi2562-2566)1989(poorly-depicted) SMS/GOES-1/3 type1

1SMS/GOES-1/3 type (SMS-1 and SMS-2, and GOES-1 — GOES-3) are similar-looking cylindrical spin-stabilized spacecraft.
2GOES-4/7 type and the GMS-series have a similar appearance, both being built by Hughes Space and Communications Company.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Synchronous Meteorological Satellite (SMS)
1974-05-17: SMS-1
United States1974-05-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Patrick AFB, FL (machine cancel)(Whitney cyan and black) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Patrick AFB, FL (hand cancel)(Whitney cyan and black) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney cyan and black) cachet (same) on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
United States1974-05-17Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSMS-1 launch
SMS-1 (events)
United States1974-05-26WSMR, NM(WSMR Cover no.32) cachet on coverSMS-1 first ground pictures received
1975-02-06: SMS-2
Great Britain1975-02-06Ascot, Berkshire(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney purple and green) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial tan image and black text) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial red image and black text) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
United States1975-02-06Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
South Africa1975-02-07Kenmare(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSMS-2 launch
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)
1975-10-16: GOES-1
French Guiana1975-10-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
French Guiana1975-10-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch; also DCS
United States1975-10-16Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch; also DCS
United States1975-10-16Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet (same) on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Satellite Beach FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue rubber-stamp and blue printed) cachets on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch (not "GEOS", as in text); also DCS
United States1975-10-16Fairbanks AK(NASA black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Atlantic VA(Return address) cachet (and signature) on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Patrick AFB, FL(Rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverGOES-1 launch
United States1975-10-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
South Africa1975-10-17Kenmare(NASA purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-1 launch
1977-06-16: GOES-2
United States1977-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-2 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted1)
United States1977-06-16Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and blue) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black and blue) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
United States1977-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverGOES-2 launch
1978-06-16: GOES-3
United States1978-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch
United States1978-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet (same) on coverGOES-3 launch
United States1978-06-16Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted1)
United States1978-06-16Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverGOES-3 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted1)
United States1978-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-3 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted1)
United States1978-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch; also DCS
United States1978-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch
United States1978-06-16Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-3 launch
United States1978-06-16GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch
United States1978-06-16Hampton VA(NASA return address) cachet on coverGOES-3 launch
1980-09-09: GOES-4
United States1980-09-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-4 launch
United States1980-09-09Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney magenta and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-4 launch
1981-05-22: GOES-5
United States1981-05-22Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch (SMS/GOES-1/3 type depicted)
United States1981-05-22Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on cover, also part of backGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-5 launch (SMS/GOES-1/3 type depicted)
United States1981-05-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-5 launch
United States1981-05-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-5 launch
1983-04-28: GOES-6
United States1983-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-6 launch
United States1983-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-6 launch
United States1983-04-28Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-6 launch
United States1983-04-28Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-6 launch; also DCS
United States1983-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Green and orange rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-6 launch
United States1983-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGOES-6 launch; also DCS
1986-05-03: GOES-G [failed]
United States1986-05-03Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-G launch [failed]; also DCS
United States1986-05-03Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-G launch [failed]; "GOES-1" (in text)
United States1986-05-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-G launch [failed]; "GOES-1" (in text)
United States1986-05-03Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black and purple and red) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-G launch [failed]
United States1986-05-03
1986-05-03
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Purple and red and green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-G launch [failed]
1987-02-26: GOES-7
United States1987-02-26Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-7 launch; "GOES-1" (in text)
United States1987-02-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGOES-7 launch; "GOES-1" (in text)
United States1987-02-26Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on (airmail) coverGOES-7 launch
United States1987-02-26Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-7 launch; also DCS
United States1987-02-26Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-7 launch
United States1987-02-26Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGOES-7 launch
1994-04-13: GOES-8
United States1994-04-13Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-8 launch
United States1994-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(Space Systems/Loral) cachet on coverGOES-8 launch; also "SMS-1/2" and "GOES-1/2/3" (in text)
1995-05-23: GOES-9
United States1995-05-23Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGOES-9 launch
1997-04-25: GOES-10
United States1997-04-25Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-10 launch
United States1997-04-25Cape Canaveral FL(SCP - GOES-I/M type mission patch) cachet on coverGOES-10 launch
2000-05-03: GOES-11
United States2000-05-03Kennedy Space Center FL(B&D) cachet on coverGOES-11 launch
2001-07-23: GOES-12
No launch cover images available yet
GOES-12 (events)
United States2007-12-04Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-12 anomaly and recovery
United States2007-12-07Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-12 anomaly and recovery
United States2007-12-11Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-12 anomaly and recovery
United States2007-12-17Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverGOES-12 anomaly and recovery
2006-05-24: GOES-13
No launch cover images available yet
2009-06-27: GOES-14
United States2009-06-27Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backGOES-14 launch; "GOES-13 (GOES-N)" and "GOES-P" (in text on back); also WEFAX
2010-03-04: GOES-15
United States2010-03-04Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backGOES-15 launch; also WEFAX
2016-11-20: GOES-16
No launch cover images available yet
2018-03-01: GOES-17
No launch cover images available yet
SMS or GOES (on other than SMS or GOES launch covers)
French Guiana1974-10-02Kourou(Lollini silk) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"SMS"
French Guiana1974-10-02Kourou(Lollini printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"SMS"
French Guiana1974-10-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"SMS"
French Guiana1974-10-30Kourou(Lollini silk) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"SMS" (in text, but Syncom depicted)
French Guiana1975-10-03Kourou(Club Philatélique de Kourou) cachet on isentropic balloon launch cover"SMS-1", "SMS-2" (but simplified depictions)
United States1977-04-20Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on ESA-GEOS-1 launch coverSMS/GOES-1/3 type
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GMS-1 launch cover"SMS-3" and "SMS-1" and "SMS (USA)" and "GOES (USA)" (in text, but GMS-1 depicted)
United States1978-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on ESA-GEOS-2 launch coverSMS/GOES-1/3 type
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Watanabe) insert from GMS-2 launch cover, also front"GOES" (in text)
United States1983-03-28
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-8 launch cover"GOES"-6 (and launch date)
USA 2277 FDC
United States1985-04-01Washington DC(Printed) cachet on TIROS-1 anniversary coverSMS and GOES images, and "SMS" and "GOES" (in logo text)
United States2000-04-24Greenbelt MD(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on HST anniversary coverGOES-8/12 type

1The 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.


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