LAGEOS

LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS)
series and
LAser RElativity Satellite (LARES)
series

LAGEOS (patch)
LAGEOSLAGEOS-2 (patch)

This page contains philatelic information on the LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS) and LAser RElativity Satellite (LARES) series. 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)
LAGEOS LAGEOS LAGEOS
LARES LARES LARES


Below is a list of LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS)
SpainNone(Orange and blue and black printed) cachet on cover1984"LAGEOS" (in text only)
LAser RElativity Satellite (LARES)
BeninUnknown b (Mi none)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014LARES-1 and others (also launch date in text)
BeninUnknown b proof
Unknown ib proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)2020LARES-2 launch (and others, aboard "Vega-C" first launch); (see also French Guiana LARES-2 launch cover 2022-07-13)
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)2022LARES-2 launch (and others, aboard "Vega-C" rocket)
GabonUnknown c (Mi none)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2017LARES-1 and others (launch date "13 Feb 2012" on stamp)
GabonUnknown b (Mi none)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d) {known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2018LARES-1 and others (also launch date)
GabonUnknown proof1MS4 proof
GabonUnknown proof2MS4 proof (different)
GabonUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
GermanyNone(Biberpost) private post2022LARES-2 launch (and others, aboard "Vega-C" first launch)
Ivory CoastUnknown c (Mi none)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2012"Lasar Reflectivity Satellite" (LARES) (also launch date)
Ivory CoastUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
MaliUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2015"LARES" (also launch date)


Below is a list of LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
LAser GEOdynamics Satellite (LAGEOS)
1976-05-04: LAGEOS-1
United States1976-05-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
United States1976-05-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
United States1976-05-04Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
United States1976-05-04Greenbelt MD(GSFC STDN blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
United States1976-05-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(NASA KSC-WLOD magenta and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
United States1976-05-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLAGEOS-1 launch
1992-10-22: LAGEOS-2 (deployed by STS-52)
United States1992-10-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-52 launch
United States1992-10-22Sunspot NM(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-52 launch
United States1992-10-22
1992-11-01
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-52 launch
STS-52 landing
United States1992-10-23Houston TX(Blue rubber-stamp and black typed) cachet on coverLAGEOS-2 deployed
United States1992-10-23Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLAGEOS-2 deployed; (also "LAGEOS-1" in text)
United States1992-10-23Houston TX(Red and cyan printed) cachet on coverLAGEOS-2 deployed
United States1992-10-24Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"Space Vision System (SVS) experiment"
United States1992-11-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-52 landing
United States1992-11-01Las Cruces NM(White Sands STDN Facility) cachet on coverSTS-52 landing
LAser RElativity Satellite (LARES)
LARES-1 (and OSCAR-72 and ALMASat-1 and others) (pre-launch events)
French Guiana2011-10-24Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet on coverarrival of the Vega-C launch rocket at Kourou
French Guiana2012-02-12Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet on coverlaunch rehearsal
2012-02-13: LARES-1 (and OSCAR-72 and ALMASat-1 and others)
French Guiana2012-02-13Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet on coverLARES-1 launch
French Guiana2012-02-13Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet (different) on coverLARES-1 launch
French Guiana2012-02-13Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet on coverLARES-1 launch
Gabon2012-02-13Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverLARES-1 launch
Russia2012-02-13Korolev Moscow Oblast(Lollini) cachet on coverLARES-1 launch (LARES-1 and unknown cubesat depicted)
French Guiana2012-02-14Kourou(Muli-color printed) cachet on coverLARES-1 launch; (also ALMASat-1 mis-spelled as "AMALSat-1"; unknown cubesat depicted)
2022-07-13: LARES-2 (and OSCAR-117 and others)
French Guiana2022-07-13Kourou(ESA/ArianeSpace/CNES?) cachet on coverLARES-2 launch
French Guiana2022-07-13Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverLARES-2 launch (see also France lettre-verte 2020)
French Guiana2022-07-13Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverLARES-2 launch
Gabon2022-07-13Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverLARES-2 launch


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