SCORE

SCORE and
Courier-series
satellites

Courier-1A
SCORECourier-1A

This page contains philatelic information on the SCORE (Signal Communication Orbit Relay Experiment) and Courier-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.

SCORE was un-officially nicknamed "Chatterbox".

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)
SCORE SCORE SCORE
Courier Courier Courier
Courier (on other than Courier launch covers)


Below is a list of SCORE and Courier-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
SCORE
ChileC193 o/p (Mi530B o/p)Imperforate MS2 (a-b), C193 overprinted in blue1959?"TRAVERSIA SOBRE OSORNO DE ATLAS - SCORE - NAVIDAD 1958" (Christmas 1958 overflight of Atlas-SCORE above Osorno)
Laos266A (Mi406A)
i266A (Mi406B)

Imperforate
1974SCORE1
Laos266Ab (BL56A)
i266Ab (BL56B)
On stamp of SS1 (266A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i266A)
United States1393 fdc (Mi1005 fdc)(Andromeda Space Covers/Riser) cachet on FDC1970"SCORE" (and "Echo-1")
Courier
Costa RicaC324 (Mi591)1961"Communications satellite 'Courier-1B' " (in Spanish text, but Fantasy satellite depicted)
Costa RicaC322+C324 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC (K Print cachet)
Costa RicaC324-C325 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC (Asociación Filatélica de Costa Rica cachet), also back
Costa RicaC338 (Mi605)C324 overprinted in red1962"Communications satellite 'Courier-1B' " (in Spanish text, but Fantasy satellite depicted)
Costa RicaC338 fdcStamp on FDC (Asociación Filatélica de Costa Rica cachet)
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Courier-1B"

1The Atlas-B launch rocket, without its booster engines, constituted the SCORE satellite. It is depicted in the upper part of the stamp.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1958-12-18: SCORE
United States1958-12-18Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSCORE launch, also "Chatterbox"
United States1958-12-18Patrick AFB, FL(Black printed) cachet on (airmail) coverSCORE launch
SCORE (anniversaries)
United States2013-12-18Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover55th anniv. SCORE launch, and "Project SCORE"
United States2018-12-18Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover60th anniv. SCORE launch, and "Project SCORE"
Courier
1960-08-18: Courier-1A [failed]
United States1960-08-18Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverCourier-1A launch [failed]
United States1960-08-18Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCourier-1A launch [failed]
1960-10-04: Courier-1B
United States1960-10-04Port Canaveral FL(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverCourier-1B launch
United States1960-10-04Port Canaveral FL(Black and orange printed) cachet on coverCourier-1B launch
Courier (on other than Courier launch covers)
United States1962-09-29Lompoc CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on Alouette-1 and TAVE launch cover, also insert"Courier-type satellite" (in the cachet), "Courier-type communication satellite" (in the insert)


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