TDRS-1

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
(TDRS) series

TDRS-8
TDRS-1/7 typeTDRS-8

This page contains philatelic information on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 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)
TDRS TDRS TDRS
TDRS (on other than TDRS launch covers)


Below is a list of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)
DjiboutiC165a (BL71A)
iC165a (BL71B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (C165)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC165)
1982TDRS-1/7 type
DjiboutiC234a (BL142)
iC234a
In (lower-center) margin of SS1 (C234)
In (lower-center) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC234)
1987"TDRS"
DjiboutiC234a fdcSS1 on FDC
Gabon937b (Mi1435)
i937b
One of MS12 (937 (a-l)) (Mi1434-1445)
One of imperforate MS12 (i937 (a-l))
1999"TDRS"
Gabon937 fdcMS12 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1971In (upper-right) margin of SS12011TDRS-1/7 type (not "TDRS-8", as in text)
Italy1679 fdc1 (Mi1978 fdc1)(Filagrano) cachet on FDC (Roma cancel)1986TDRS-1/7 type
Italy1679 fdc2 (Mi1978 fdc2)(Filagrano) cachet on FDC (Genova cancel)
Italy1679 fdc3 (Mi1978 fdc3)(Filagrano) cachet on FDC (Torino cancel)
Jersey (Great Britain)326 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Colorano silk) cachet on cover1984TDRS-1/7 type
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2017TDRS-1/7 type
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
TDRS-8
MordoviaLocal_cFrom local post MS6 (a-f)1998(probable) TDRS-1/7 type
MordoviaLocal_eTDRS-1/7 type
MordoviaLocal_ms fdcMS6 and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Ras Al KhaimaMi778A
Mi778B

Imperforate
1972"Tracking and [Data] Relay Satellite"
Ras Al KhaimaMi778 ds1Deluxe sheet (Mi778)
Ras Al KhaimaMi778 ds2Deluxe sheet (Mi778) with yellow border
Ras Al KhaimaMi767-768+776+778 proofsOne of four in master-proof imperforate sheet of four
Ras Al KhaimaMi783A
Mi783B
Mi778A in silver foil
Mi778B in silver foil
Ras Al KhaimaMi784A
Mi784B
Mi778A in gold foil
Mi778B in gold foil
Ras Al KhaimaBL_E144Deluxe sheet (Mi783), silver foil
Ras Al KhaimaBL_F144Deluxe sheet (Mi784), gold foil
Ras Al KhaimaMi787A
Mi787B
Mi778A overprinted
Mi778B overprinted
1972"Tracking and [Data] Relay Satellite"
United Nations392 maxi (Mi415 maxi)Cachet on maxicard1983"Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System"
United StatesNone(Green and yellow and black printed) cachet on cover1977(two) "TDRS"-1/7 type(s)
United StatesNone(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2000TDRS-1/7 type


Below is a list of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)
1983-04-04: TDRS-1 (from STS-6) [partial failure]1
United States1983-01-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-6 countdown simulation
Spain1983-04-04Madrid(Black printed) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Las Cruces NM(White Sands Test Facility) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and purple) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue printed) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Tucson AZ(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Green and black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Moffett Field CA(NASA Ames Research Center) cachet on (airmail) cover, also backSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-04Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton OH(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-6 launch; TDRS-1 deployed [partial failure]
United States1983-04-05Cape Canaveral FL(United Technologies Corporation (UTC)?) cachet on cover, also insertSolid rocket booster retrieval; also "TDRS-A" (in insert text)
United States1983-04-05Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverSolid rocket booster retrieval
United States1983-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-6 spacewalk
United States1983-04-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-6 spacewalk
United States1983-04-09Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-6 landing
1986-01-28: TDRS-2 (and SPARTAN-203 from STS-33 (51L)) [failed]
United States1986-01-28Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]
United States1986-01-28Akron OH(Space Voyage brown and purple) cachet on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]; "SPARTAN-Halley satellite and TDRS fall into sea"
United States1986-01-28WSMR, NM(Space Voyage green and purple) cachet on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]; "SPARTAN-Halley satellite and TDRS fall into sea"
United States1986-01-28Sunnyvale CA(Space Voyage) cachet (different) on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]; "TDRS and ... fall into ocean"
United States1986-01-28Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet (different) on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]
United States1986-01-28Satellite Beach FL(Whitney magenta and purple) cachet on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]
United States1986-01-28
1981-11-12
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Black printed) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-51L launch disaster [failed]
STS-2 launch
United States1986-01-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.134) cachet on coverSTS-51L memorial services: "TDRS/IUS"
United States1986-01-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.135) cachet on coverSTS-51L memorial services: "Spartan/Halley satellite"
United States1986-02-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.130) cachet on coverSTS-51L memorial services: "Solar Max"
1988-09-29: TDRS-3 (from STS-26R)
United States1988-09-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT)"
United States1988-09-29Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Sunnyvale CA(Space Voyage black and tan and red) cachet (different) on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29WSMR, NM(Space Voyage blue and pink and red) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Wallops Island VA(Blue rubber-stamp mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Typed) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Jon Cartier) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29WSMR, NM(Space Voyage/IASP silk) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(sticker/photo and printed) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Boudwin purple and green and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29
1988-09-29
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(Printed) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
STS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
United States1988-09-29
1988-10-03
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-26R launch; TDRS-3 deployed
STS-26R landing
United States1988-10-02Houston TX(Black printed) cachet on cover"Shuttle TV - crew conference"
United States1988-10-03Edwards AFB, CA(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-26R landing
United States1988-10-03Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-26R landing
Australia1988-10-04
1988-10-05
Adelaide SA(Red and blue and purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-26R landing
1989-03-13: TDRS-4 (from STS-29R)
Chile1989-03-13Santiago(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
Chile1989-03-13Santiago(Blue and red) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
Spain1989-03-13Madrid(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Sticker and printed) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Sunnyvale CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet (different) on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Boudwin? blue and purple and cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Boudwin? purple and magenta and cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and orange and brown rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13
1989-03-13
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Printed) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
United States1989-03-13
1989-03-18
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Boudwin? purple and green and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-29R launch; TDRS-4 deployed
STS-29R landing
United States1989-03-18Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-29R landing
1991-08-02: TDRS-5 (from STS-43)
United States1991-08-02Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed, as in this photo
United States1991-08-02Houston TX(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Houston TX(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch and extra text) cachets on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo and printed) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-02WSMR, NM(Black and red and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-43 launch; TDRS-5 deployed
United States1991-08-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-43 landing
United States1991-08-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission sticker and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-43 landing
United States1991-08-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-43 landing
United States1991-08-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Black and green and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-43 landing
1993-01-13: TDRS-6 (from STS-54)
United States1993-01-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo) cachet on coverSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
United States1993-01-13
1993-01-19
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo/mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
STS-54 landing
United States1993-01-17Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 space walk
United States1993-01-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-54 landing
United States1993-01-19
1993-01-13
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo/mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-54 landing
STS-54 launch; TDRS-6 deployed
1995-07-13: TDRS-7 (from STS-70)
United States1995-07-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-70 launch; TDRS-7 deployed
United States1995-07-13Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-70 launch; TDRS-7 deployed
United States1995-07-13Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-70 launch; TDRS-7 deployed
United States1995-07-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-70 launch; TDRS-7 deployed
United States1995-07-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club circular logo/mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-70 launch; TDRS-7 deployed
United States1995-07-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-70 landing
2000-06-30: TDRS-8
No launch cover images available yet
2002-03-08: TDRS-9
No launch cover images available yet
2002-12-05: TDRS-10
United States2002-12-04GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Printed) cachet on coverTDRS-10 launch
United States2002-12-04Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini/Space Voyage) cachet on coverTDRS-10 launch
United States2002-12-04GSFC, Greenbelt MD(NASCOM cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTDRS-10 launch
2013-01-30: TDRS-11
United States2013-01-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverTDRS-11 launch
United States2013-01-30Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverTDRS-11 launch
United States2013-01-30GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverTDRS-11 launch
2014-01-24: TDRS-12
United States2014-01-23Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverTDRS-12 launch
United States2014-01-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet (same) on coverTDRS-12 launch
2017-08-18: TDRS-13
United States2017-08-18Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverTDRS-13 launch
United States2017-08-18Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverTDRS-13 launch
United States2017-08-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet (same) on coverTDRS-13 launch
TDRS (on other than TDRS launch covers)
United States1978-02-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on Jumpseat-5 launch cover(possible) TDRS-8/13 type
United States1982-11-11Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-5 launch and SBS-3 deployed coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1983-06-18Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-7 launch and Anik-C2 deployed coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1983-09-03Houston TX(Red-brown printed) cachet on STS-8 event cover"Operational test" of TDRS-1 (in anticipation of its planned contribution to the STS-9 Spacelab-1 mission)
United States1983-11-28Las Cruces NM(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-9 launch cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1983-11-28Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-9 launch coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1984-04-06Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-41C and LDEF and SMM repair cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1984-08-30Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-41D and Telstar-3C and Leasat-F1 and SBS-4 cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1985-04-12Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-51D and Leasat-F3 and Anik-C1 launch cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1985-11-26Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on STS-31 (61B) and Aussat-A2 and Morelos-2 and Satcom-Ku2 launch coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1988-12-06Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-27R landing and Lacrosse-1 deployment cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1989-10-18Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-34 and Galileo launch (airmail) cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States1991-11-24Houston TX(Green rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-44 and DSP-16 launch coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1992-01-22White Sands Missile Range NM(Blue printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-42 launch coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1992-04-23Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-49 pre-launch coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States1999-07-23Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on STS-93 launch and Chandra/CXO deployment cover"TDRS"-1/7 type
United States2000-04-24Greenbelt MD(NASCOM blue rubber-stamp) cachet on HST anniversary coverTDRS-1/7 type
United States2009-12-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) back of Explorer-92 launch cover, also front"Tracking and Data Relay Satellite" (TDRS)

1After being deployed from the Shuttle, TDRS-1 did not attain its planned geosynchronous orbit because of the failure of one of its two solid rocket booster motors. However, during the following three months, ground controllers were able to use the satellite's attitude control thrusters to raise it to the desired orbit. TDRS-1 had a design lifetime of 7 years, but served faithfully for 26 years before being retired in October 2009!


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