Westar-1

WEstern union STAR
(Westar) series satellites

Westar-4
Westar-1Westar-4

This page contains philatelic information on the WEstern union STAR (Westar) 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.)
(immediately below)
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Westar (on other than Westar launch covers)


Below is a list of WEstern union STAR (Westar) series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
WEstern union STAR (Westar)
Central African Republic761 (Mi1165A)
i761 (Mi1165B)

Imperforate
1985"Westar-6" recovered (by Space Shuttle astronaut on manipulator arm)
Central African Republic761a (BL347A)
i761a (BL347B)
On stamp of SS1 (761)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i761)
Malagasy Republic1540f (Mi2516)One of MS6 (1540 (a-f)) (Mi2511-2516)2000Westar-6 recovered (by Space Shuttle astronaut)
Osetia (North)Local_fOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1997Westar-6 recovered (by Space Shuttle astronaut)
Sierra Leone1074h (Mi1264)One of MS9 (1074 (a-f)) (Mi1257-1265)1989Either Westar-6 or Palapa-B2 (based on "STS-10, 1984" (in text, probably referring to 10th Shuttle launch, STS-11)
Sierra Leone1074h specimenOne of MS9 (1074 specimen (a-f)), overprinted "specimen"
United Nations256-257 fdc (Mi279-280 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC1975"Westar"-1/2/3 type
United StatesNone(Midwest Postage Stamp and Coin Show Station) cancel on cover1974"Westar"-1/2/3 type
United States1536 fdc (Mi? fdc)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC1975Westar-1/2/3 type
United States1575 (Mi1185)One of block of 4 (1575a (1572-1575)) (Mi1182-1185)1975Westar-1/2/3 type
United States1575 fdc1Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet)
United States1575 fdc2Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet, large-font cancel)
United States1575 fdc3Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet, small-font cancel)
United States1575 fdc4Stamp on FDC (Artmaster cachet)
United States1575a fdc1One of four stamps on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United States1575a fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
United States1575a fdc3One of four stamps on FDC (? cachet)
United StatesSP372(USPS) souvenir page (1575a)
United StatesCP56(USPS) commemorative panel (1575a)
United States1575 cover (Mi1185 cover)Stamp on cover (Midwest Postage Stamp and Coin Show Station cancel)1975Westar-1/2/3 type


Below is a list of WEstern union STAR (Westar) series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
WEstern union STAR (Westar)
1974-04-13: Westar-1
United States1974-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Postal Progress Series) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Vernon NJ(Westar Earth Station return address) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney magenta) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney magenta and black) cachet (and signatures) on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin?) cachet on (airmail) coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-13Kennedy Space Center FL(R. Dubeau red rubber-stamp and typed) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
United States1974-04-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverWestar-1 launch
1974-10-10: Westar-2
United States1974-10-10Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverWestar-2 launch
United States1974-10-10Satellite Beach FL(Whitney purple and blue) cachet on coverWestar-2 launch
United States1974-10-10Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple and blue) cachet on coverWestar-2 launch
United States1974-10-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverWestar-2 launch
United States1974-10-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverWestar-2 launch
1979-08-09: Westar-3
United States1979-08-09Cape Canaveral FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.22) cachet on coverWestar-3 launch
United States1979-08-09Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverWestar-3 launch
1982-02-26: Westar-4
United States1982-02-25Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverWestar-4 launch
United States1982-02-25Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet on coverWestar-4 launch
United States1982-02-25Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet coverWestar-4 launch
1982-06-09: Westar-5
United States1982-06-08Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverWestar-5 launch
United States1982-06-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverWestar-5 launch
United States1982-06-08Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverWestar-5 launch
1984-02-03: Westar-6 (and Palapa-B2 and SPAS-1A from STS-11 (41B))
United States1984-02-03Downey CA(Pictorial) cancel and (printed) 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 States1984-02-03Houston 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 States1984-02-03
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 back and (Rockwell International) insert and (Rockwell International) insert 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
1984-11-08: Westar-6 recovered (and Anik-D2 and Leasat-F2 and Palapa-B2 recovered by STS-19 (51A))
United States1984-11-08Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-08Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.86) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverAnik-D2 (Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-10Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.87) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12
1984-02-06
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
Palapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-11-14Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club/mission patch) cachet on coverWestar-6 recovered
United States1984-11-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.89) cachet on coverSTS-51A landing
Westar (on other than Westar launch covers)
United States1976-02-19Merritt Island FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Marisat-1 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Marisat-1 launch cover
United States1976-06-09Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Marisat-2 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1976-09-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on DMSP-5D1-F1 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1976-09-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(DuBeau? black rubber-stamp) cachet on DMSP-5D1-F1 launch cover
United States1976-10-14Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Marisat-3 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-03-10Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on Palapa-A2 launch coverPalapa-A1/A2 type (or Westar-1/2/3 type)1
United States1977-03-10Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on Palapa-A2 launch cover
United States1977-04-20Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on ESA-GEOS-1 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-04-20Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on ESA-GEOS-1 launch (airmail) cover
United States1977-05-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Vandy?/DuBeau? cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on DSCS-2-7/8 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on GOES-2 launch (airmail) coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on GMS-1 launch (airmail) coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-08-25Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on SIRIO-1 launch (airmail) coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-09-13Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on OTS-1 launch [failed] coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1977-09-13Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on OTS-1 launch [failed] (airmail) cover
United States1977-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on Meteosat-1 launch (airmail) coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1978-06-16Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on GOES-3 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1978-06-16Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on GOES-3 launch cover
United States1978-06-16Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on GOES-3 launch (airmail) cover
United States1978-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on ESA-GEOS-2 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1978-07-14Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on ESA-GEOS-2 launch cover
United States1978-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on ESA-GEOS-2 launch (airmail) cover
United States1978-11-20Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(DuBeau? purple and red rubber-stamp) cachet on NATO-3C launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1978-11-20Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on NATO-3C launch cover
United States1980-01-17Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC/NASA purple and red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on FltSatCom-3 launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1
United States1980-02-14Merritt Island FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on SMM [rocket] launch coverWestar-1/2/3 type (or Palapa-A1/A2 type)1

1The Westar-1/2/3 type and Palapa-A1/A2 type are essentially identical.


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