SAMOS-6

SAMOS
series
satellites


This page contains philatelic information on SAMOS (Satellite And Missile Observation Satellite) 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)
SAMOS
(USAF)
SAMOS
(USAF)
SAMOS
(USAF)
SAMOS (on other than SAMOS launch covers)


Below is a list of SAMOS series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Satellite And Missile Observation Satellite (SAMOS) (USAF)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Satellite And Missile Observation Satellite (SAMOS) (USAF)
1960-10-11: SAMOS-1 (SAMOS-E1-1) (and SAMOS-F1-1) [failed]
United States1960-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-1 launch [failed] ("spy in the sky")
United States1960-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Holden blue rubber-stamp and red printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-1 launch [failed]
United States1960-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Holden blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-1 launch [failed]
United States1960-10-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Green printed and black typed) cachet on coverSAMOS-1 launch [failed]
1961-01-31: SAMOS-2 (SAMOS-E1-2) (and SAMOS-F1-2)
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Holden blue rubber-stamp and red printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Holden purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Holden black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Blue and black printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch ("sky-spy satellite")
United States1961-01-31Lompoc CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-2 launch ("sky-spy satellite")
1960-10-11: SAMOS-3 (SAMOS-E2-1) [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1961-11-22: SAMOS-4 (SAMOS-E5-1)
United States1961-11-22Lompoc CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverSAMOS-4 launch ("top secret US satellite" and "mystery satellite")
United States1961-11-22Lompoc CA(Holden black and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-4 launch ("sky spy")
1961-12-22: SAMOS-5 (SAMOS-E5-2)
United States1961-12-22Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-5 launch ("sky spy")
United States1961-12-22Lompoc CA(Holden black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-5 launch ("sky spy")
United States1961-12-22Lompoc CA(Holden black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail, but black-and-white scan) coverSAMOS-5 launch ("sky spy")
1962-03-07: SAMOS-6 (SAMOS-E5-3)
United States1962-03-06Ursa IL(Blue printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-6 launch (uncertain, based on early cancel and generic cachet)
United States1962-03-07Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-6 launch ("sky spy satellite")
United States1962-03-07Lompoc CA(Holden blue rubber-stamp and red printed) cachet on coverSAMOS-6 launch
1962-04-26: SAMOS-7 (SAMOS-E6-1) (or separately launched SolRad-4B)1
United States1962-04-26Lompoc CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverSAMOS-7 and SolRad-4B launch ("twin satellite launching")
United States1962-04-26Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-7 launch (only, typical for Goldcraft cachets)
United States1962-04-26Lompoc CA(Holden black and red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-7 launch (only, typical for Holden cachets)
United States1962-04-26Lompoc CA(Holden black and blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-7 launch (only, since "Atlas" is mentioned in the cachet)
United States1962-04-26Lompoc CA(Black typed) cachet on coverSAMOS-7 launch (only, since "Atlas" is mentioned in the cachet)
1962-06-17: SAMOS-8 (SAMOS-E6-2)
United States1962-06-17Lompoc CA(Holden magenta and blue and black rubber-stamp and hand-written) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-6 launch ("secret satellite")
United States1962-06-17Lompoc CA(Holden magenta and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-6 launch ("secret satellite")
1962-07-18: SAMOS-9 (SAMOS-E6-3)
United States1962-07-18Lompoc CA(Holden blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-9 launch
1962-08-05: SAMOS-10 (SAMOS-E6-4)
United States1962-08-05Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverSAMOS-10 launch
United States1962-08-05Lompoc CA(Holden blue and magenta and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-10 launch
1962-11-11: SAMOS-11 (SAMOS-E6-5) (and US-ERS-1)
United States1962-11-11Lompoc CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSAMOS-11 launch
United States1962-11-11Lompoc CA(Vandy?/DuBeau? red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSAMOS-11 launch
United States1962-11-11Lompoc CA(HM red typed and hand-printed) cachet on cover, also (Vandy?/DuBeau? red rubber-stamp) cachet on backSAMOS-11 launch ("secret satellite" and "sky spy")
SAMOS (on other than SAMOS launch covers)
United States1960-12-07Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on Discoverer-18 launch cover"SAMOS" ("spy-in-the-sky")
United States1971-01-21Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-30 launch cover, also insert"Super SAMOS", "SAMOS-80", and "SAMOS-81"
United States1971-04-22Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-31 launch cover, also insert"SAMOS-82" (on front), "SAMOS-81" (on insert)
United States1971-06-15Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-1 launch cover, also insert"Advanced SAMOS" ("467 program")
United States1972-01-20Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-2 and P11-4424 launch cover"SAMOS" ("piggyback electronic intelligence [elint] monitor")
United States1972-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover brown and red) cachet on KH8-35 launch [failed] cover"SAMOS"
United States1972-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage brown and orange) cachet on KH8-35 launch [failed] cover
United States1972-05-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) insert from KH4B-17 launch cover, also front("On May 20, an attempt to launch a high-resolution SAMOS recon/survey mission ... failed") ("'search and find' recon satellite")
United States1972-07-07Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-3 and P11-4425 launch cover, also insert"SAMOS-88" ("project 467", "ELINT companion"); "SAMOS failure" (in insert text)
United States1972-09-01Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-36 launch cover, also insert"SAMOS-89" ("super spy")
United States1972-12-20Kennedy Space Center FL(Riser/Andromeda/Cygnus Cover no.43) cachet on Canyon-5 launch (airmail) cover, also insert1 and insert2"SAMOS" ("secret program [project] 313")
United States1972-12-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-37 launch cover, also insert"SAMOS-91"
United States1972-12-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH8-37 launch cover, also insert
United States1973-03-06Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on Rhyolite-2 launch cover"SAMOS" (in text) ("Program [project] 313")
United States1973-03-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on Rhyolite-2 launch cover
United States1973-03-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-5 launch cover"SAMOS-92" ("spy reconnaissance")
United States1973-03-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH9-5 launch cover
United States1973-05-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-38 launch cover"SAMOS-93"
United States1973-05-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH8-38 launch cover
United States1973-06-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-39 [failed] launch cover"SAMOS"
United States1973-06-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH8-39 [failed] launch cover
United States1973-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-6 launch cover"SAMOS-94" ("project 467")
United States1973-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH9-6 launch cover
United States1973-11-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-7 and P11-4426 and P801-5 launch cover"SAMOS-96" ("elint monitor")
United States1973-11-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH9-7 and P11-4426 and P801-5 launch cover
United States1974-02-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-41 launch cover"SAMOS-97"
United States1974-04-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-8 and P11-4428 and IRCB launch cover"SAMOS-98"
United States1974-04-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH9-8 and P11-4428 and IRCB launch cover
United States1974-06-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-42 launch cover"SAMOS-99"
United States1974-06-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH8-42 launch cover
United States1974-08-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-43 launch cover"SAMOS-100"
United States1974-08-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH8-43 launch cover
United States1974-10-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-9 and P11-4429 and S3-1 launch cover"SAMOS-101"
United States1974-10-29Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on KH9-9 and P11-4429 and S3-1 launch cover
United States1975-04-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-44 launch cover"SAMOS-102"
United States1975-06-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-10 and P226-1 launch cover"SAMOS-103"
United States1975-10-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-45 launch cover"SAMOS-104"
United States1975-12-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-11 and S3-2 launch cover"SAMOS-105" and "Advanced SAMOS"
United States1976-02-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on DMSP-5C-F3 [partial failure] launch cover"SAMOS" ("exact mission not known")
United States1976-03-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-46 launch cover"SAMOS-106"
United States1976-09-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-47 launch cover"SAMOS-108"
United States1976-12-19Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH11-1 launch cover"SAMOS-109"
United States1977-03-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-48 launch cover"SAMOS-110"
United States1977-06-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage sticker) cachet on KH9-13 launch cover"SAMOS-111"
United States1977-09-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH8-49 launch cover"SAMOS-112"
United States1978-03-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on KH9-14 and P11-4432 launch cover"SAMOS"

1 SAMOS-7 and SolRad-4B [failed] were both launched at Vandenberg AFB on 1962-04-26, but on different rockets and launch pads.


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