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LES and LCS
series

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This page contains philatelic information on LES (Lincoln Experimental Satellite) and LCS (Lincoln Calibration Sphere) 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)
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Below is a list of LES and LCS series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
LES (USAF)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
LCS (USAF)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
LES (USAF)
1965-02-11: LES-1
United States1965-02-11Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLES-1 launch
United States1965-02-11Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-1 launch
United States1965-02-11Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-1 launch
United States1965-02-11Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-1 launch
1965-05-06: LES-2 (and LCS-1)
United States1965-05-06Cape Canaveral FL(Sokolsky) cachet on coverLES-2 launch
1965-12-21: LES-3/4 (and OSCAR-4 and OV2-3)
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Exquisite) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert and backLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(NASA sticker) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
United States1965-12-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-3/4 launch
1967-07-01: LES-5 (and DODGE and IDCSP-16/19)
United States1967-07-01Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverLES-5 launch
United States1967-07-01Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverLES-5 launch
United States1967-07-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial orange rocket, type-1) cachet on coverLES-5 launch (Pioneer-3/4 type, Pioneer-5/Explorer-62, and Vanguard-2 depicted)
United States1967-07-01Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-5 launch
Austria1967-07-03Krieglach(typed) cachet on coverLES-5 launch
1968-09-26: LES-6 (and OV2-5+OV5-2/4)
United States1968-09-19Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-6 launch ? [cachet and cancel dates are incorrect and may have been intended for the KH4A-48 and P11-4413 launch on 1968-09-18]
United States1968-09-26Patrick AFB, FL (hand cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Patrick AFB, FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1, also insert2 and insert2 backLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26 (machine cancel)Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26 (hand cancel)Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLES-6 launch (not "Atlantic-3" / failed Intelsat-3-1, as in cachet)
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(HJM black) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
United States1968-09-26Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney red and black) cachet on coverLES-6 launch
1976-03-14: LES-8/9 (and Solrad-11A/B)
United States1976-03-14Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-14Cape Canaveral FL(Blue-green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-14Cape Canaveral FL(Boudwin black and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-15Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-15Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverLES-8/9 launch
United States1976-03-15Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on cover, also backLES-8/9 launch
LCS (USAF)
1965-05-06: LCS-1 (and LES-2)
United States1965-05-06Cape Canaveral FL(Sokolsky) cachet on coverLCS-1 launch
1965-10-15: LCS-2 (and OV2-1) [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)LCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)LCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)LCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson blue rubber-stamp and red handwritten) cachets on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Exquisite) cachet on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
United States1965-10-15Cape Canaveral FL(Rank velvet/silkscreened) cachet on coverLCS-2 launch [failed]
1968-08-16: LCS-3 (and OV5-8 and SECOR-11/12 and Orbiscal-1 and Mylar Balloon and Rigidsphere and Gridsphere-1/2 and 3 others) [failed]
United States1968-08-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet on coverOV5-8 launch [failed]
1971-08-06: LCS-4 (and OV1-20P/21P and Cannonball-2 and RDTS and Mylar Balloon and Rigidsphere and Gridsphere-1/2)
United States1971-08-06Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverLCS-4 launch
United States1971-08-06Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLCS-4 launch
United States1971-08-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLCS-4 launch


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