LDEF

Long Duration Exposure Facility
(LDEF) satellite


This page contains philatelic information on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite. 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)
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Below is a list of LDEF satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)
Grenada Carriacou2126e (Mi2972)One of MS6 (2126 (a-f)) (Mi2968-2973)1999
Marshall Islands392 (Mi350)One of block of 4 (394a (391-394)) (Mi349-352)1991"orbital release of LDEF" (by Space Shuttle); see also Unknown s 2016
Marshall Islands392 fdcStamp on FDC
Marshall Islands394a fdcMS4 on FDC
Marshall IslandsUnknown s (Mi?)One of MS20 (a-t)2016See also 392
Surinam589 (Mi968)1982LDEF deployed (from Space Shuttle)
Surinam589 pair589 gutter-pair
United States1914-1915 fdc (Mi1483-1484 fdc)(Printed) cachet on FDC1981LDEF (shown with Space Shuttle)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)
1984-04-07: LDEF deployed (and SMM repair from STS-13 (41C))
United States1984-04-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSTS-41C launch
United States1984-04-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-41C launch
United States1984-04-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41C launch
United States1984-04-06
1984-04-13
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41C launch
STS-41C landing
United States1984-04-06
1984-04-18
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-41C launch
STS-41C return to Kennedy Space Center
United States1984-04-07Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-07Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-08Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.75) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-08Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMM failed capture
United States1984-04-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSMM failed capture
United States1984-04-10Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.76) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-12Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSMM re-deployed
United States1984-04-13Edwards AFB, CA(Zaso silk/IASP no.77) cachet on coverSTS-41C landing at Edwards AFB
United States1984-04-13Edwards AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41C landing at Edwards AFB
United States1984-04-18
1984-04-06
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-41C return to Kennedy Space Center
STS-41C launch
1990-01-09: LDEF recovered (and Leasat-F5 from STS-32R)
United States1990-01-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-32R launch
United States1990-01-09Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-32R launch
United States1990-01-09
1990-01-26
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Mission patch sticker) cachet on coverSTS-32R launch
STS-32R transported back to KSC
United States1990-01-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverLeasat-F5 (Syncom-4-5) deployed
United States1990-01-10Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F5 (Syncom-4-5) deployed
United States1990-01-10Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Printed) cachet on coverLeasat-F5 (Syncom-4-5) deployed
United States1990-01-12Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Photo) cachet on coverLDEF recovered
United States1990-01-12Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLDEF recovered
United States1990-01-20Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-32R landing


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