Transit-1B

(Selected)
Transit-series
satellites

Transit-Nova
Transit-1BTransit-Nova

This page contains philatelic information on the Transit-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.

This page includes the US Navy Transit-Oscar navigational satellites, not to be confused with the amateur-radio OSCAR series.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Reference images
(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)
(Selected) Transit (Selected) Transit Transit Transit
Transit (on other than Transit launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Transit
BatumiLocal_a
Local_ia
One of local post MS6 (a-f)
One of imperforate local post MS6 (a-f)
1997"Transit"-5A
BatumiLocal_a o/p1One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in gold1998"Transit"-5A
BatumiLocal_a o/p2One of local post MS6 (a-f) overprinted in silver
BelgiumNoneIn (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS2 cinderella1963?Transit-2A2
Burundi239a (BL27)
i239a (BL28)
In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (stamps like 236+238)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS2
1968Transit-3B
BurundiC186 (Mi959-962)
iC186
Block of 4 (C186 (a-d))
Imperforate block of 4 (iC186 (a-d))
1973Transit-4B
BurundiC186e (BL72)
iC186e
MS16 (C183-C186) (Mi947-962)
Imperforate MS16 (iC183-iC186)
DjiboutiUnlisted ms fdc (Mi unlisted fdc)Cachet on FDC2007Transit-4B, TRAAC3
DjiboutiUnknown i (Mi?)
Unknown ii
One of MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"Transit"-2A
DjiboutiUnknown i proof
Unknown ii proof
One of MS9 proof (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 proof (a-i)
DjiboutiUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS9 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS9 proof on FDC
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse1970s"Transit" (TIP-1)
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Silver) medallion"Transit" (TIP-1)
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse"Transit" (TIP-2)
Germany (West)NoneCancel on cover1965TRAAC3
Korea (North)1510 (Mi1527Ax)
i1510 (Mi1527Bx)
Coated paper
Coated paper, imperforate
1976Transit-4A1
Korea (North)1510 un-coated (Mi1528Ay
i1510_un-coated (Mi1528By)
One of MS7 (1511a (1506-1511+1512a + label)) on un-coated paper (Mi1523Ay-1529Ay)
One of imperforate MS7 (i1511a (i1506-i1511+i1512a + label)) on un-coated paper (Mi1523By-1529By)
Korea (North)1650 (MiA1527Ay)
i1650 (MiA1527By)
One of MS7 (1651a (1646-1651+1652a + label)), 1511a on un-coated paper overprinted
One of imperforate MS7 (i1651a (i1646-i1651+i1652a + label)), i1511a on un-coated paper overprinted
1977Transit-4A1
Korea (South)1456 (Mi1447)One of pair (1457a (1456-1457))1986Transit-4
Korea (South)1457a fdcOne of pair on FDC
Libya297 (Mi210)1966Transit-4B
Libya298 (Mi211)
Libya299 (Mi212)
Mongolia2451 (Mi3160-3168)In (surrounding) margins of MS9 (2451 (a-i))2000"Transit-2A", "Transit-3B", "Transit-4B", "TRAAC"3
Nigeria173a (Mi164)In (lower-right) margin of MS12 (12x 173)1965Transit-3B
Nigeria174a (Mi165)In (lower-right) margin of MS12 (12x 174)
Panama457A (Mi779)1964Transit-2A
Panama457A specimenOverprinted "specimen"
PanamaC334a (BL36)
iC334a (BL37)
In (left) margin of MS2 (C333-C334)
In (left) margin of imperforate MS2 (iC333-iC334), changed colors
1965Transit-2A
Ras al KhaimaMi485A
Mi485B
Stamp-on-stamp: Rwanda 130
Imperforate stamp-on-stamp: Rwanda 130
1970Transit-4A1
Ras al KhaimaMi485A ds
Mi485B ds
Deluxe sheet (Mi458A)
Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi458B)
Ras al KhaimaMi485A+Mi485A ds fdc(Two) stamps and deluxe sheet on FDC
Ras al KhaimaMi485A silver
Mi485B silver
Silver
Imperforate silver
Ras al KhaimaMi485A gold
Mi485B gold
Gold
Imperforate gold
Ras al KhaimaMi485B ds silverImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi485B), silver foil
Ras al KhaimaMi485B ds goldImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi485B), gold foil
Rwanda130 (Mi129A)
i130 (Mi129B)

Imperforate
1965Transit-4A1
Rwanda131 (Mi130A)
i131 (Mi130B)

Imperforate
Rwanda132 (Mi131A)
i132 (Mi131B)

Imperforate
Rwanda133 (Mi132A)
i133 (Mi132B)

Imperforate
Rwanda134 (Mi133A)
i134 (Mi133B)

Imperforate
Rwanda135 (Mi134A)
i135 (Mi134B)

Imperforate
Rwanda136 (BL5A)
i136 (BL5B)
On both stamps and in (upper-left) margin of MS2 (136 (a-b))
On both stamps and in (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (i136 (a-b))
Transit-4A1 (on both stamps), Transit-2A2 (in upper-left margin)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)LocalSet-D08 (green)1965"Transit-5"B
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdcSet-D08 on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pSet-D08 (green) overprinted new value in gold1965"Transit-5"B
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC1962Transit-2A, Transit-4B (not "TIROS-1", as in text)
United StatesNone(Astro Covers) cachet on cover1962"Transit" (in text)
United States1914 fdc (Mi1483 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front1981"Transit" (in text)
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1984Transit-O type
United States3187d fdc (Mi3126 fdc)(Paul Calle/Chris Calle) cachet on FDC1999Transit-3B
Yemen Arab RepublicBL138On stamp of imperforate SS11970TRAAC3

1Three satellites stacked together (Transit-4A, SolRad-3, and Injun-1) in that order.
2Two satellites stacked together (Transit-2A and SolRad-1).
3TRAAC = Transit Research And Altitude Control


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Transit
1960-04-13: Transit-1B
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FL(Red printed) cachet on coverTransit-1B launch
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft) cachet on coverTransit-1B launch
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FL(Zaso sticker and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on coverTransit-1B launch
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcardTransit-1B launch
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcard (different)Transit-1B launch; rocket shown is not the Thor-DM21 Able Star that was used to launch the satellite
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcard (different)Transit-1B launch; rocket shown is not the Thor-DM21 Able Star that was used to launch the satellite
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcard (different)Transit-1B launch; rocket shown is not the Thor-DM21 Able Star that was used to launch the satellite
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcard (different)Transit-1B launch; rocket shown is not the Thor-DM21 Able Star that was used to launch the satellite
United States1960-04-13Port Canaveral FLCancel on picture postcard (different)Transit-1B launch; rocket shown is not the Thor-DM21 Able Star that was used to launch the satellite
1960-06-22: Transit-2A (and SolRad-1)
United States1960-06-22Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverTransit-2A launch
United States1960-06-22Patrick AFB, FL(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-2A launch
United States1960-06-22Patrick AFB, FL(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverTransit-2A launch
United States1960-06-22Port Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverTransit-2A launch
United States1960-06-22Patrick AFB, FL(Hand-written) cachet on coverTransit-2A launch
United States1960-06-22Port Canaveral FL(ATA Space Satellite Unit printed and handwrittten) cachet on coverTransit-2A launch
1960-11-30: Transit-3A (and SolRad-2) [failed]
United States1960-11-30Patrick AFB, FL(Black rubber-stamp and hand-written) cachet on coverTransit-3A launch [failed]
1961-02-21: Transit-3B (and LOFTI-1)
United States1961-02-21Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-3B launch
United States1961-02-21Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverTransit-3B launch; "Transit-2B" (in text)
United States1961-02-21Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverTransit-3B launch; "Transit-2B" and "Transit-3B" (in text)
1961-06-28: Transit-4A (and Injun-1 and SolRad-3)
United States1961-06-28Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin?) cachet on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-28Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft) cachet on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-28Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft and other) cachet on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-28Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft) cachet (different) on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-28Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft) cachet (different) on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-29Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverTransit-4A launch (Injun-1 and SolRad-3 names reversed)
United States1961-06-29Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-4A launch
United States1961-06-29Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverTransit-4A launch
1961-11-15: Transit-4B and TRAAC1
United States1961-11-15Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
United States1961-11-15Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
United States1961-11-15Port Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
United States1961-11-15Port Canaveral FL(Sokolsky) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
United States1961-11-16Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
United States1961-11-16Patrick AFB, FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverTransit-4B + TRAAC1 launch
1962-12-19: Transit-5A-1
United States1962-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertTransit-5A-1 launch
United States1962-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverTransit-5A-1 launch
United States1962-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverTransit-5A-1 launch
United States1962-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(incomplete Rank velvet and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverTransit-5A-1 launch
1963-06-16: Transit-5A-3
United States1963-06-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverTransit-5A-3 launch
1963-09-28: Transit-5B-1 and Transit-5E-1
United States1963-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertTransit-5B-1 + Transit-5E-1 launch
United States1963-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverTransit-5B-1 + Transit-5E-1 launch
United States1963-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverTransit-5B-1 + Transit-5E-1 launch
United States1963-09-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? red-brown printed) cachet on coverTransit-5B-1 + Transit-5E-1 launch
1963-12-05: Transit-5B-2 and Transit-5E-3
United States1963-12-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverTransit-5B-2 + Transit-5E-3 launch
United States1963-12-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-5B-2 + Transit-5E-3 launch; ("Transit-6" in text)
Austria1963-12-07Krieglach(Typed) cachet on coverTransit-5B-2 + Transit-5E-3 launch
1964-04-21: Transit-5B-3 and Transit-5E-2 [failed]
United States1964-04-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertTransit-5B-3 + Transit-5E-2 launch [failed]
United States1964-04-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverTransit-5B-3 + Transit-5E-2 launch [failed]
United States1964-04-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Zaso) cachet on coverTransit-5B-3 + Transit-5E-2 launch [failed]
United States1964-04-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Artopages) cachet on coverTransit-5B-3 + Transit-5E-2 launch [failed]
1964-06-04: Transit-5C-1
United States1964-06-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sokolsky blue) cachet on coverTransit-5C-1 launch
1965-03-11: Transit-O3 (and SECOR-2)
United States1965-03-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft?) cachet on coverTransit-O3 launch
United States1965-03-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverTransit-O3 launch
1965-06-24: Transit-O4
United States1965-06-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverTransit-O4 launch (Nimbus depicted)
1966-01-28: Transit-O7
United States1966-01-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-O7 launch
1970-08-27: Transit-O19
United States1970-08-27Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertTransit-O19 launch
United States1970-08-27Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Riser/Andromeda No.15 gray) cachet on (airmail) coverTransit-O19 launch
United States1970-08-27Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Riser/Andromeda No.15 green) cachet on (airmail) coverTransit-O19 launch
1972-09-02: Triad-1 / TIP-12
United States1972-09-02Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverTIP-12 launch
United States1972-09-02Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson rocket smoke/DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverTIP-12 launch ("secret satellite")
1975-10-11: Triad-2 / TIP-22
United States1975-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverTIP-22 launch
United States1975-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau red-brown rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverTIP-22 launch
1976-09-01: Triad-3 / TIP-32
United States1976-09-01Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverTIP-32 launch
United States1976-09-01Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTIP-32 launch (not "meteorological", as in cachet text)
1977-10-27: Transit-O11 (Transat)
United States1977-10-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverTransit-O11 (Transat) launch
United States1977-10-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-O11 (Transat) launch
United States1977-10-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTransit-O11 (Transat) launch
Transit (on other than Transit launch covers)
United States1962-09-29Lompoc CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on KH4-13 launch coverTransit-2A
United States1965-07-24Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover, also annotatedTransit-2A
United States1968-01-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial brown rocket, type-2 and black text) cachet on Explorer-36 (GEOS-2) launch coverTransit-2A
United States1969-01-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial red rocket, type-2 and black typed) cachet on OSO-5 launch coverTransit-2A
United States1969-04-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial brown rocket, type-2 and black text) cachet on Nimbus-3 and SECOR-13 launch coverTransit-2A
United States1972-01-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Centennial gray rocket, type-2 and red text) cachet on HEOS-2 launch coverTransit-2A
United States1975-05-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on Wideband (P76-5) launch cover"Transit" (in text)
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Magenta and black printed) cachet on Geosat-1 launch coverTransit-4

1TRAAC = Transit Research And Altitude Control
2TIP = Transit Improvement Program


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