ASTEX (FRUSA)

FRUSA / ASTEX
(and other US military weather-related
and scientific/research/technology satellites)


This page contains philatelic information on the FRUSA (Flexible Rolled-Up Solar Array) / ASTEX (Advanced Space Technology EXperiment) (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research/technology 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 USAF Geophysical Research Satellite (GRS) from 1963 should not be confused with the West German Azur/GRS from 1969, which goes by the same acronym.

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)
GRS GRS GRS
P698BK-1-D2 P698BK-1-D2 P698BK-1-D2
ESRS ESRS ESRS
FRUSA / ASTEX FRUSA / ASTEX FRUSA / ASTEX
Wideband / P76-5 Wideband / P76-5 Wideband / P76-5
Delta-Star Delta-Star Delta-Star
Zuma Zuma Zuma
S5 S5 S5


Below is a list of FRUSA / ASTEX (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
GRS (Geophysical Research Satellite)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
P698BK-1-D2
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
ESRS (Environmental Sciences Research Satellite)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
FRUSA / ASTEX
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Wideband / P76-5
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Delta-Star
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Zuma
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
S5
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


Below is a list of FRUSA / ASTEX (and other US military weather-related and scientific/research satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1963-06-28: GRS (Geophysical Research Satellite)
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverGRS launch
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertGRS launch
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(Swanson blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGRS launch
United States1963-06-29Wallops Island VA(Swanson green and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGRS launch
1963-06-29: P698BK-1-D2
United States1963-06-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet, magenta accents) cachet on coverP698BK-1-D2 launch
United States1963-06-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet, pink accents) cachet on coverP698BK-1-D2 launch
United States1963-06-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Rank velvet, trial with overlay) cachet on coverP698BK-1-D2 launch
United States1963-06-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverP698BK-1-D2 launch
United States1963-06-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Black printed) cachet on coverP698BK-1-D2 launch ("secret satellite")
1964-06-25: ESRS (Environmental Sciences Research Satellite) [failed]
United States1964-06-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverESRS launch [failed]
1971-10-17: FRUSA / ASTEX
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(InterSpace Cover) cachet on cover, also insertFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/Vandy? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverFRUSA launch
United States1971-10-17Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Swanson/Vandy? black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverFRUSA launch
1976-05-22: Wideband / P76-5
United States1976-05-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverWideband / P76-5 launch
United States1976-05-22Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Vandy?/DuBeau?.blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverWideband / P76-5 launch
United States1976-05-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverWideband / P76-5 launch
1989-03-24: Delta-Star
United States1989-03-24Cape Canaveral FL(Photo and black printed) cachet on coverDelta-Star launch
United States1989-03-24Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverDelta-Star launch
United States1989-03-25Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on (airmail) coverDelta-Star launch
2018-01-08: Zuma
United States2018-01-07Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverZuma launch ("secret" and "super-secret")
United States2018-01-07Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverZuma launch ("secret" and "super-secret")
United States2018-01-07Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverZuma launch
2019-02-22: S5 (and Beresheet and Nusantara-1)
United States2019-02-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverS5 mating to rocket
United States2019-02-21Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverS5 launch
United States2019-02-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverS5 launch


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