SPARTAN-101

Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool
for AstroNomy (SPARTAN) series satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy (SPARTAN) 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.)

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Below is a list of Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy (SPARTAN) series satellites postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy (SPARTAN)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


Below is a list of Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy (SPARTAN) series satellites launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for AstroNomy (SPARTAN)
1985-06-17: SPARTAN-101 (and Morelos-1 and Telstar-3D and Arabsat-1B from STS-51G)
United States1985-06-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverMorelos-1 deployed
United States1985-06-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverMorelos-1 deployed
United States1985-06-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Rockwell International) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backMorelos-1 deployed
United States1985-06-18Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverArabsat-1B deployed
United States1985-06-19Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverTelstar-3D3 deployed
United States1985-06-19Houston TX(Printed) cachet on coverTelstar-3D3 deployed
United States1985-06-19Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Printed) cachet (different) on coverTelstar-3D3 deployed
United States1985-06-20
1985-06-22
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverSPARTAN-101 deployed
SPARTAN-101 recovered
United States1985-06-20
1985-06-22
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPARTAN-101 deployed
SPARTAN-101 recovered
United States1985-06-24Edwards CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-51G landing
1986-01-28: SPARTAN-203 / HCED (and TDRS-2 from STS-51L) [failed]
United States1986-01-28Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51L/Challenger disaster
1993-04-08: SPARTAN-201-F1 (and ATLAS-2 payload1 from STS-56)
United States1993-04-08Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk, including mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-56 launch
United States1993-04-08Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk, mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-56 launch
United States1993-04-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-56 launch
United States1993-04-08Air Force Postal Service(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-56 launch
United States1993-04-08Wallops Island VA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on coverSTS-56 launch
United States1993-04-08Titusville FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-56 launch; also "Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet" (SSBUV) "experiment"
United States1993-04-09Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Printed) cachet on cover"Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet" (SSBUV) "experiment"; also ATN/NOAA type satellite
United States1993-04-11Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F1 deployed
United States1993-04-17MSFC, AL(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-56 landing
United States1993-04-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk, including mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-56 landing
1994-09-09: SPARTAN-201-F2 (from STS-64)
United States1994-09-13Nassa Bay Branch, Houston TX(Printed) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F2 deployed
1995-03-02: SPARTAN-204 (from STS-63)
United States1995-02-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, and insertSTS-63 launch
United States1995-02-03
1995-02-03
Kennedy Space Center FL
Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX
(two-color rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-63 launch
United States1995-02-11Greenbelt MD(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-63 landing
1995-09-07: SPARTAN-201-F3 (and WSF-2 from STS-69)
United States1995-09-10Houston TX(Printed) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F3 recovered
United States1995-09-10Nasaau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Printed) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F3 recovered
1996-01-11: SPARTAN-206 / OAST Flyer (and SFU recovery by STS-72)
United States1996-01-11
1996-01-20
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Printed) cachet on coverSPARTAN-206 deployed, SFU recovered
STS-72 landing
1996-05-19: SPARTAN-207 / IAE (and PAMS-STU from STS-77)
United States1996-05-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-77 launch
United States1996-05-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-77 launch
United States1996-05-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-77 launch
United States1996-05-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSPACEHAB-4 in cargo bay
United States1996-05-20Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverInflatable Antenna Experiment (IAE)
United States1996-05-29Greenbelt MD(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-77 landing
United States1996-05-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-77 landing
1997-11-18: SPARTAN-201-F4 (and AERCam-Sprint from STS-87)
United States1997-11-19Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-87 launch
United States1997-11-21Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F4 deployed
United States1997-11-24Greenbelt MD(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201 captured
United States1997-12-03Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"Space Walk #2" / "EVA"
United States1997-12-03Greenbelt MD(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover"EVA"
United States1997-12-03Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverAERCam-Sprint deployed
United States1997-12-05Greenbelt MD(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-87 landing
United States1997-12-05Moffett Field CA(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-87 landing
1998-10-29: SPARTAN-201-F5 (and OSCAR-34 and HOST payload1 from STS-95)
United States1998-10-29
1998-10-03
Kennedy Space Center FL
Annision AL
(Printed) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F5 deployed, OSCAR-34 deployed, HOST payload1
Calcopex station
United States1998-10-29
1998-10-29
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(NASA) cachet on coverSPARTAN-201-F5 deployed, OSCAR-34 deployed, HOST payload1
STS-95 launch

1Payloads, as opposed to satellites, are neither deployed nor recovered from the Shuttle cargo bay.
2There is disagreement among various sources on whether this should be called Telstar-3D or Telstar-3B!


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