ASC-2

ASC-series
and ACTS

ACTS
ASC-2ACTS

This page contains philatelic information on the ASC (American Satellite Company) series and ACTS (Advanced Communications Test Satellite). 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)
ASC ASC ASC
ACTS (NASA) ACTS (NASA) ACTS (NASA)


Below is a list of ASC-series and ACTS postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
ASC (American Satellite Company)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
ACTS (NASA)
Guinea RepublicBL882A
BL882B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4178A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4178B)
2005ACTS


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
ASC (American Satellite Company)
1985-08-27: ASC-1 (and Aussat-A1 and Leasat-F4 and Leasat-F3 repair from STS-27 (51I))
Australia1985-08-24 (the year "85" is inverted)Tharwa ACT(Green and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-51I pre-launch tracking
United States1985-08-27Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Sticker and printed) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.110) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.111) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
Australia1985-08-28French's Forest NSW(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Hughes) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Houston TX(Printed) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29
1985-09-09
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
Leasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) failed
United States1985-08-31Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I first EVA (Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) recovered)
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Black-on-yellow sticker and black printed) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed; see also Abkhazia Unlisted d (1996), and Tajikistan None e (2000)
United States1985-09-01
1985-10-27
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed
Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) operational
United States1985-09-03Edwards CA(Zaso silk/IASP no.112) cachet on coverSTS-51I landing
United States1985-09-03Edwards CA(photo/sticker) cachet on coverSTS-51I landing
1991-04-12: ASC-2 / Spacenet-4
United States1991-04-12Patrick AFB, FL(Grey-brown printed) cachet on coverACS-2 (Spacenet-4) launch
1993-09-12: ACTS (and ORFEUS-SPAS-1 from STS-51)
United States1993-09-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Rubber-stamp mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-12Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-12
1993-09-12
Kennedy Space Center FL
Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX
(Green printed and cyan rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-51 launch; ACTS deployed
United States1993-09-13Houston TX(Black typed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverORFEUS deployed
United States1993-09-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverORFEUS deployed
United States1993-09-19Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverORFEUS captured
United States1993-09-21Houston TX(Black typed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover"Tenth day of flight"
United States1993-09-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Color photo and mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-51 landing


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