TIROS

Un-Manned
Satellite Philately


Below is an index to checklists of postal and numismatic items in various Un-Manned Satellite categories, either by general type/discipline of satellite, OR by satellite name or series. Our goal is to build an online catalogue for Un-Manned Satellite Philately available to and shared with anyone who is interested. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

To find a particular satellite, check the Master List of Names, Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations for Un-Manned Satellites, where satellites are listed alphabetically either by acronym, OR by non-acronym name.


Sections/divisions of the tables below
Scientific/research satellites
Russian scientific/research satellites
Polar-orbiting weather satellites
Geostationary weather satellites
Environmental-observing (Earth-observation) satellites
Solar-observing satellites
Astronomical/telescope satellites
Planetary and lunar (and asteroid) exploration satellites
Cometary-exploration satellites
Military weather-related and scientific/research satellites
Amateur (ham) radio satellites
Communications satellites
Navigation satellites
Biological satellites
Space Shuttle-related satellites
ISS and other space-station-related sub-satellites
Other satellite-related systems or programs
Other satellite groups/names or images/instruments
Unknown-identity and/or fantasy-design satellites

Featured cachet/cover types


Satellites by Type/DisciplineSatellites by Name or Series
(These columns contain expanded information on a subset of the satellites covered in the left-most column)
Items on the pages linked below feature the following:
Launch information:
  • launch dates
  • reference images
  • and the following (only if there are no satellite-specific pages):
    • launch covers
    • other postal items
Launch covers:
  • launch covers
  • anniversary-of-launch covers
  • launch-related event covers
Other postal items:
  • stamps, souvenir sheets, and miniature sheets
  • postal stationery (aerogrammes, stamped envelopes, and postal cards)
  • postmarks, cancels, and meters
  • cinderellas and postcards
  • FDCs, souvenir cards, maxicards, and other postal covers with appropriate cancels and/or cachets
  • banknotes and coins
Items on the pages linked below are arranged as follows:
  1. grouped by satellite name or series
  2. then chronologically by launch date
  1. chronologically by launch date
  2. then alphabetically by issuing country
  1. alphabetically by issuing country
  2. then chronologically by year of issue
scientific satellite
Scientific/research satellites
(see below for Russian scientific/research satellites
also for more-specific types/disciplines)
Russia
Russian scientific/research satellites
polar satellite
Polar-orbiting weather satellites
geostationary satellite
Geostationary weather satellites
environmental-observing satellite
Environmental-observing (Earth-observation) satellites
solar-observing satellite
Solar-observing satellites
HST
Astronomical/telescope satellites
Voyager
Planetary and lunar (and asteroid) exploration satellites
cometary-exploration satellite
Cometary-exploration satellites
military weather
Military weather-related and scientific/research satellites
radio
Amateur (ham) radio satellites
communications satellite
Communications satellites
navigation satellite
Navigation satellites
biological satellite
Biological satellites
Shuttle-related Shuttle-related
Space Shuttle-related satellites
(deployed; or retrieved, repaired, and re-deployed; or recovered satellites)
ISS Salyut
ISS and other space-station-related sub-satellites
APT
Other satellite-related systems or programs
images/instruments
Other satellite groups/names or images/instruments
 
unknown satellite unknown satellite
Unknown-identity and/or fantasy-design satellites
 
Total: 19 types/disciplinesTotal: 140+ names/series/groups


Below are examples of the work of cachet manufacturers whose styles we find particularly interesting.

Featured cachet/cover types
(Selected) Covers with Rank velvet (and related) cachets


Supporting information:


References found particularly useful:


Links to satellite databases and mission information elsewhere on the Web:

(The links below lead to information sources that are maintained by others. They are not part of this Website.)


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Copyright © 2001-2016, Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
This Website created and maintained by Don Hillger and Garry Toth.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following to the information and images on this Website: Gert Meinl, Harry Reynolds, Jim Reichman (Russian New Years Study Report, 2005; Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 2008), Randall Thompson, Yuri Kvasnikov (Russian Cosmonautics on Postage Stamps, issued via ASSS in 1999), Jerry Mortimore (Ariel), Jim Rose (launch covers), Steve Durst (launch covers), Robert Schorry (ISEE), Bruce Cranford (launch covers), Chuck Vukotich (launch covers), Antoni Rigo (launch covers), Jim Ross (launch covers), René Pineau (Kosmos covers), Sig Bette (Telstar), Denis O'Connor (NAVSTAR), Bill Dougherty (OSCAR), Pete Sarmiento (Explorer), Umberto Cavallaro (Italian satellites), Peter Hoffman (numerous images and Michel numbers), David Chudwin (KH), Robert Catto, (X-series), Woody Witt (Rank velvet), Chris Calle (Rank velvet), Dennis Dillman (Rank velvet), and Ron Allen (Rank velvet).
Some of the reference images of satellites were obtained with permission from either the NSSDC Master Catalog of Spacecraft or Gunter's Space Page.
Updated: 2016-07-29