MIDAS-2

MIDAS series
satellites


This page contains philatelic information on MIDAS (MIssile Defense Alarm System) 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)
MIDAS (USAF) MIDAS (USAF) MIDAS (USAF)
MIDAS (on other than MIDAS launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
MIDAS (USAF)
DahomeyC228 (Mi553A)
iC228 (Mi553B)

Imperforate
1974
DahomeyC228a (BL34)On stamp of SS1 (C228)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
MIDAS (USAF)
1960-05-24: MIDAS-2
United States1960-05-24Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft red) cachet on coverMIDAS-2 launch
United States1960-05-24Port Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet on coverMIDAS-2 launch
United States1960-05-24Port Canaveral FL(Zaso?) cachet on coverMIDAS-2 launch
1961-07-12: MIDAS-3
United States1961-07-12Lompoc CA(Holden blue rubber-stamp and red printed) cachet on coverMIDAS-3 launch
1961-10-21: MIDAS-4
United States1961-10-21Lompoc CA(Holden rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMIDAS-4 launch
United States1961-10-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverMIDAS-4 launch (Vanguard-3 depicted)
United States1961-10-21
1986-10-21
Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB
Cleveland OH
(Astro Covers?) cachet on coverMIDAS-4 launch
25th anniv. MIDAS-4 launch
MIDAS-4 (anniversaries)
United States1986-10-21
1961-10-21
Cleveland OH
Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB
(Astro Covers?) cachet on cover25th anniv. MIDAS-4 launch
MIDAS-4 launch
1962-04-09: MIDAS-5
United States1962-04-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Black printed) cachet on coverMIDAS-5 launch ("spy in sky secret satellite")
United States1962-04-09Lompoc CA(Goldcraft) cachet on coverMIDAS-5 launch ("sky spy satellite")
1962-12-17: MIDAS-6 (and US-ERS-3/4) [failed]
United States1962-12-18Lompoc CA(Holden rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMIDAS-6 launch [failed]
United States1962-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverMIDAS-6 launch [failed]
1963-05-09: MIDAS-7 (and US-ERS-5/6 and DASH-1 and Westford-2)
United States1963-05-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverMIDAS-7 launch
United States1963-05-09
1964-01-29
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverMIDAS-7 launch
Saturn-SA-5 launch
1963-07-18: MIDAS-9 (and US-ERS-9/10 and DASH-2)
United States1963-07-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverMIDAS-9 launch
United States1963-07-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverMIDAS-9 launch (along with three other satellites); the "two experimental satellites" referred to in the cachet are probably DASH-2 and ERS-9
United States1963-07-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank silkscreened) cachet on coverMIDAS-9 launch
MIDAS (on other than MIDAS launch covers)
United States1970-11-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-1 launch cover, also insert"MIDAS-10" (in text on cover); "MIDAS-8" and "MIDAS-9" (in text on insert)
United States1970-11-06Satellite Beach FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-1 launch cover, also insert
United States1971-05-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-2 launch cover"MIDAS-11" (in text)
United States1971-12-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on Canyon-4 [failed] launch cover"MIDAS" (in text)
United States1972-03-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-3 launch cover, also insert"MIDAS-12" (in text on cover and insert)
United States1972-12-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Andromeda/Riser/Cygnus no.43) cachet on Canyon-5 launch cover"MIDAS" (in text)
United States1972-12-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on Canyon-5 launch cover"MIDAS" (in text)


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