SPAS-1

Shuttle PAllet Satellite
(SPAS) series


This page contains philatelic information on the Shuttle PAllet Satellite (SPAS) 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)
SPAS SPAS SPAS


Below is a list of Shuttle PAllet Satellite (SPAS) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Shuttle PAllet Satellite (SPAS)
Guinea Republic930a (BL141A)
i930a (BL141B)
In (lower) margin of SS1 (930)
In (lower) margin of imperforate SS1 (i930)
1985"Manipulator arm releasing SPAS 01" (in French text); shown with Space Shuttle
St. Vincent1165 (Mi1212)
i1165

Imperforate
1989Shown with Space Shuttle
St. Vincent1165 specimenOverprinted "specimen"


Below is a list of Shuttle PAllet Satellite (SPAS) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Shuttle PAllet Satellite (SPAS)
1983-06-18: SPAS-1 (and Anik-C2 and Palapa-B1 from STS-7)
Spain1983-06-18Madrid(Green printed) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet (different) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Moffett Field CA(NASA Ames Research Center) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Moffett Field CA(NASA Ames Research Center) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Red and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Red and purple rubber-stamp and typed) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18
1983-06-24
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(RSDSC) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
STS-7 landing
United States1983-06-18
1983-06-24
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(RSDSC) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
STS-7 landing
United States1983-06-18
1983-06-24
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(RSDSC red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
STS-7 landing
United States1983-06-18
1983-10-08
Detroit MI
Dearborn Heights MI
(Sally Ride Paper Doll) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
Wolvpex 1982
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.58) cachet on coverPalapa-B1 deployed; ("Amik-C" mis-spelled in text)
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Whitney purple) cachet on postal cardPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Whitney purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-22Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
United States1983-06-22Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.59) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
United States1983-06-22Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
United States1983-06-22
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
USA 1914 FDC
United States1983-06-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-7 landing
United States1983-06-24Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-7 landing
United States1983-06-24Edwards AFB Station, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-7 landing
1984-02-03: SPAS-1A (and Westar-6 and Palapa-B2 from STS-11 (41B))
Ascension Island1984-02-03Ascension(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Downey CA(Pictorial) cancel and (RSDSC) cachet on cover, also (RSDSC) insert and (RSDSC) insert backSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Kennedy Space Center FL(RSDSC red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.70) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney magenta and blue) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-03
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Blue and red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-06
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(Green and red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
Palapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-11
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Green and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover, also backSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
STS-41B landing
United States1984-02-06Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-06
1984-11-12
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
Palapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-02-11Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41B landing
1991-04-28: SPAS-2 (and GLOMR?/MPEC from STS-39)
United States1991-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-39 launched
United States1991-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-39 launch; SPAS-2 deployed
United States1991-04-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-39 launched
United States1991-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-39 launched
United States1991-04-28Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverSTS-39 launched
United States1991-04-28
1992-04-30
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-39 launched
"CIRRIS-1A [payload] activities"
United States1991-05-01Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPAS-2 deployed
United States1991-05-01
1991-05-02
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSPAS-2 deployed; SPAS-2 retrieval
United States1991-05-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTA-39 landing
United States1991-05-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTA-39 landing
1993-09-12: ORFEUS-SPAS-1 (and ACTS from STS-51)
United States1993-09-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Rubber-stamp mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-12Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-12
1993-09-12
Kennedy Space Center FL
Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX
(Green printed and cyan rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-13Houston TX(Typed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverORFEUS deployed
United States1993-09-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverORFEUS deployed
United States1993-09-19Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverORFEUS captured
United States1993-09-21Houston TX(Typed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover"Tenth day of flight"
United States1993-09-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Color photo and mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-51 landing
1994-11-03: CRISTA-SPAS-13 (and ATLAS1-3 payload2 from STS-66)
United States1994-11-03Kennedy Space Center FL(ATLAS1 patch) cachet on coverSTS-66 launch
United States1994-11-03Kennedy Space Center FL(STS-66 mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-66 launch
United States1994-11-03Wallops Island VA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-66 launch
United States1994-11-03Houston TX(JSC green printed) cachet on coverSTS-66 launch
United States1994-11-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverCRISTA-SPAS-1 deployed
Germany1994-11-10Bonn(Red and blue and green printed) cachet on (airmail) cover"Ozonesonde" stratospheric balloon mission to obtain observations to validate remote-sensing data obtained by the "CRISTA-SPAS"-1 satellite during the "STS-66" mission (the balloon reached "34,771 m")
1996-11-19: ORFEUS-SPAS-2 (and WSF-3 from STS-80)
United States1996-11-19WSMR, NM(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-80 launch
United States1996-11-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk and medallion) cachet on coverSTS-80 launch
United States1996-11-19Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-80 launch
United States1996-11-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-80 launch
United States1996-11-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet (slightly different) on coverSTS-80 launch
United States1996-11-25Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverWSF-3 berthing
United States1996-12-04Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverORFEUS-SPAS-2 captured
United States1996-12-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Brown printed) cachet on coverSTS-80 landing
1997-08-07: CRISTA-SPAS-23 (from STS-85)
United States1997-08-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-85 launch
United States1997-08-07Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-85 launch
United States1997-08-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-85 launch
United States1997-08-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Brown printed) cachet on coverSTS-85 launch
United States1997-08-08Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"Manipulator flight demonstration"
United States1997-08-16Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverCRISTA-SPAS captured
United States1997-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-85 landing

1ATLAS: Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science
2Payloads, as opposed to satellites, are neither deployed from, nor recovered to, the Space Shuttle cargo bay.
3CRISTA-SPAS-1 was deployed by STS-66 on day two of its mission. Flying at distance of about 40-70 km behind the shuttle, it collected data for eight days and then was retrieved and returned to the cargo bay. The CRISTA instrument gathered the first global information about medium- and small- scale disturbances in trace gases in the middle atmosphere which were later used in models of the atmosphere and Earth's energy balance. The complementary CRISTA-SPAS instrument, the Middle Atmosphere High Resolution Spectrograph Investigation (MAHRSI), measured the amounts of ozone-destroying hydroxyl and nitric oxide in the middle atmosphere and lower thermosphere at altitudes in the range of 40-120 km. MAHRSI yielded the first complete global maps of hydroxyl in the atmosphere. The CRISTA-SPAS-2 payload included three telescopes and four spectrometers. It was deployed on day one of the STS-85 mission to gather data about Earth's middle atmosphere. After more than 200 hours of free flight, CRISTA-SPAS-2 was retrieved by the shuttle on 16 August 1997. The three CRISTA telescopes collected 38 full atmospheric profiles of the middle atmosphere. The complementary instrument (the MAHRSI) provided observations similar to those obtained during the flight of CRISTA-SPAS-1 concerning the distribution of ozone in Earth's atmosphere. 22 sounding rockets and 40 balloons were launched from the ground to provide correlating data for CRISTA-SPAS-2. Some similar ground-based missions also took place during the flight of CRISTA-SPAS-1. Here is one example.


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