QuickBird-2

QuickBird, OrbView,
GeoEye, and WorldView
(and other US commercial
environmental-observing satellites)

GeoEye-1
QuickBird-2GeoEye-1

This page contains philatelic information on the QuickBird, OrbView, GeoEye, and WorldView (and other US commercial environmental-observing 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.

The [failed] Earlybird from 1997 should not be confused with the Early Bird / Intelsat-1 launch from 1965.

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)
Earlybird-1 (Earthwatch Inc.) Earlybird-1 (Earthwatch Inc.) Earlybird-1 (Earthwatch Inc.)
Ikonos (Space Imaging Co.) Ikonos (Space Imaging Co.) Ikonos (Space Imaging Co.)
QuickBird (DigitalGlobe Inc.) QuickBird (DigitalGlobe Inc.) QuickBird (DigitalGlobe Inc.)
OrbView (Orbital Imaging Corp.) OrbView (Orbital Imaging Corp.) OrbView (Orbital Imaging Corp.)
GeoEye (GeoEye Inc.) GeoEye (GeoEye Inc.) GeoEye (GeoEye Inc.)
WorldView (Satellite Imaging Corp.) WorldView (Satellite Imaging Corp.) WorldView (Satellite Imaging Corp.)
SkySat (Skybox Imaging Inc.) SkySat (Skybox Imaging Inc.) SkySat (Skybox Imaging Inc.)


Below is a list of QuickBird, OrbView, GeoEye, and WorldView (and other US commercial environmental-observing satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Earlybird-1 (Earthwatch Inc.)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Ikonos (Space Imaging Co.)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
QuickBird (DigitalGlobe Inc.)
Guinea RepublicMi4186A-4189A fdc
Mi4186B-4189B fdc
In (upper-left) cachet of FDC
In (upper-left) cachet of FDC (imperforate stamps)
2005QuickBird
Guinea RepublicBL897A
BL897B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
Pitcairn Islands665 (Mi749)2008"Digital Globe" QuickBird high-resolution visible images of Pitcairn Islands
Pitcairn Islands666 (Mi750)
Pitcairn Islands667 (Mi751)
Pitcairn Islands668 (Mi752)
OrbView (Orbital Imaging Corp.)
Chile1339 (Mi1959)2000OrbView-2 / SeaStar / SeaWiFS1
GeoEye (GeoEye Inc.)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
WorldView (Satellite Imaging Corp.)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
SkySat (Skybox Imaging Inc.)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found

1SeaWiFS is the main instrument on the SeaStar / OrbView-2 satellite, a NASA-instrument / Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) satellite joint venture.


Below is a list of QuickBird, OrbView, GeoEye, and WorldView (and other US commercial environmental-observing satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Earlybird (Earthwatch Inc.)
1997-12-24: Earlybird-1 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
Ikonos (Space Imaging Co.)
1999-04-27: Ikonos-1 [failed]
United States1999-04-27Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverIkonos-1 launch [failed]
1999-09-24: Ikonos-2
United States1999-09-24Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverIkonos-2 launch
QuickBird (DigitalGlobe Inc.)
2000-11-20: QuickBird-1 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
2001-10-18: QuickBird-2
United States2001-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverQuickBird-2 launch
United States2001-10-18Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverQuickBird-2 launch
OrbView (Orbital Imaging Corp.)
1995-04-03: OrbView-1
No launch cover images available yet
1997-08-01: OrbView-2 (SeaStar / SeaWiFS)1
United States1997-08-01Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverOrbView-2 / SeaStar / SeaWiFS launch
2003-06-26: OrbView-3
United States2003-06-26Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Lollini) cachet on coverOrbView-3 launch
United States2003-06-26Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverOrbView-3 launch
2001-09-21: OrbView-4 (and QuikTOMS) [failed]
United States2001-09-21Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverOrbView-4 + QuikTOMS launch [failed]
GeoEye (GeoEye Inc.)
2008-09-06: GeoEye-1
United States2008-09-06Vandenberg AFB(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backGeoEye-1 launch
WorldView (Satellite Imaging Corp.)
2007-09-18: WorldView-1
United States2007-09-18Vandenberg AFB(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backWorldView-1 launch
United States2007-09-18Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverWorldView-1 launch
2009-10-08: WorldView-2
United States2009-10-08Vandenberg AFB(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backWorldView-2 launch
2014-08-13: WorldView-3
No launch cover images available yet
2016-11-11: WorldView-4 (and others)
No launch cover images available yet
SkySat (Skybox Imaging Inc.)
2013-11-21: SkySat-1
No launch cover images available yet
2014-07-08: SkySat-2
No launch cover images available yet
2016-09-16: SkySat-3/7 (and others)
No launch cover images available yet

1SeaWiFS is the main instrument on the SeaStar / OrbView-2 satellite, a NASA-instrument / Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) satellite joint venture.


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