Vela-1

Vela-series
satellites

Vela-9 and 10
Vela-1Vela-9 and 10

This page contains philatelic information on Vela-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.

The first 6 in the series (on 3 launches) were also known as Vela Hotel, and the last 6 in the series (on 3 launches) were also known as Advanced Vela.

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)
Vela
(USAF)
Vela (USAF) Vela
(USAF)
Vela (on other than Vela launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Vela (USAF)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper and upper-right) margins of MS4 (a-d)
In (upper and upper-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
1999"Vela Hotel"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown fdcMS4 on FDC
Mongolia2451 (Mi3160-3168)In (left) margin of MS9 (2451 (a-i))2000"Vela Hotel"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Vela (USAF)
1963-10-17: Vela-1/2 (and US-ERS-12)
United States1963-10-17Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17Cape Canaveral FL(Goldcraft) cachet (design based on a cinderella from the 11th National Postage Stamp Show in 1959) on coverVela-1/2 launch
United States1963-10-17
1964-01-29
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverVela-1/2 launch
Saturn-SA-5 launch
United States1963-10-17
1965-07-20
Cape Canaveral FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverVela-1/2 launch
Vela-5/6 launch
1964-07-17: Vela-3/4 (and US-ERS-13)
United States1964-07-17Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVela-3/4 launch
United States1964-07-17Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-3/4 launch
United States1964-07-17Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-3/4 launch
United States1964-07-17Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-3/4 launch
United States1964-07-17Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-3/4 launch
1965-07-20: Vela-5/6 (and US-ERS-17)
United States1965-07-19Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-5/6 launch
United States1965-07-20Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-5/6 launch
United States1965-07-20Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVela-5/6 launch
United States1965-07-20Cape Canaveral FL(Sokolsky/Celestial) cachet on coverVela-5/6 launch (Telstar depicted)
United States1965-07-20Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-5/6 launch
United States1965-07-20
1963-10-17
Satellite Beach FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverVela-5/6 launch
Vela-1/2 launch
United States
United Nations
1965-07-20
1964-10-23
Satellite Beach FL
United Nations NY
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverVela-5/6 launch
UN 133 FDC
1967-04-28: Vela-7/8 (and US-ERS-18 and OV5-1/3)
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers green, no logo) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers brown, no logo) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
United States1967-04-28Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 and insert2 backVela-7/8 launch ("Vela-4" in text)
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2 and insert2 backVela-7/8 launch ("Vela-4" in text)
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
United States1967-04-28Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-7/8 launch
1969-05-23: Vela-9/10 (and OV5-5/6/9)
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-9/10 launch ("Vela-5" in text)
United States1969-05-23Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-9/10 launch ("Vela-5" in text)
United States1969-05-23Kennedy Space Center FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertVela-9/10 launch ("Vela-5" in text)
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVela-9/10 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverVela-9/10 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverVela-9/10 launch
United States1969-05-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Sokolsky red-brown) cachet on coverVela-9/10 launch
United States1969-05-23Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverVela-9/10 launch
1970-04-08: Vela-11/12
United States1970-04-08Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverVela-11/12 launch
United States1970-04-08Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverVela-11/12 launch
United States1970-04-08Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVela-11/12 launch
United States1970-04-08Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverVela-11/12 launch
United States1970-04-08Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverVela-11/12 launch
Vela (on other than Vela launch covers)
United States1964-11-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on Explorer-24 and Explorer-25 (Injun-4) launch cover, also (hand-written) insert(four) Vela
United States1964-12-21Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers, no logo) cachet on Explorer-26 launch coverVela
United States1970-02-03Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on SERT-2 launch cover(four) Vela
United States1970-11-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-1 launch cover, also insert"Vela" (in text on cover and insert)
United States1970-11-06Satellite Beach FL(Space Voyage) cachet on DSP-1 launch cover, also insert


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