Saturn-SA-6

Saturn-Apollo and
Apollo-Saturn series
[un-manned] satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn series [un-manned] 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.

This page includes only those Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn missions which resulted in an orbited payload AND which were un-manned missions. Sub-orbital Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn [un-manned] launches are included in the research rockets 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)
Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn
[un-manned]
Saturn-Apollo [un-manned] Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn
[un-manned]
Apollo-Saturn [un-manned]
Apollo-Saturn (on other than Apollo-Saturn launch covers)


Below is a list of Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn series [un-manned] satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn [un-manned]
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Localset-D-3 (green)1965"S-4 satellite" (Saturn-SA-5)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local o/pset-D-3 (green) overprinted in gold1965"S-4 satellite" (Saturn-SA-5)
United States1529 cover (Mi1136 cover)(Motor City Stamp and Cover Club Station) cancel on cover1975Saturn-SA-6
United States1556 cover (Mi1164 cover)(Motor City Stamp and Cover Club Station) cancel on cover1975Saturn-SA-6
United States1557 cover (Mi1170 cover)(Motor City Stamp and Cover Club Station) cancel on cover1975Saturn-SA-6
Yemen Arab Republic263B (Mi947)
i263B (Mi954)
Also detail; also imperforate MS12 (12x i263B), (half of MS12 (6x i236B))1969Apollo-Saturn AS-203 (with the aft interstage ring still attached and covering the J-2 motor nozzle); (not "Gemini-3" as in the text)
Yemen Arab RepublicC90ab (Mi1703)One of MS4 (C90a (b-e)) (BL218)1982Apollo-Saturn AS-203
Yemen Arab RepublicC90ab proofChromalin proof
Yemen Arab RepublicC103 (Mi1726)1982Apollo-Saturn AS-203
Yemen Arab RepublicC103 dsDeluxe sheet (C103)


Below is a list of Saturn-Apollo and Apollo-Saturn series [un-manned] satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Saturn-Apollo [un-manned]
1964-01-29: Saturn-SA-5
United States1964-01-29Satellite Beach FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
United States1964-01-29Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
United States1964-01-29Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
United States1964-01-29
1963-05-09
Cape Canaveral FL
Vandenberg AFB, CA
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
MIDAS-7 and ERS-5/6 and DASH-1 and WestFord-2 launch
United States1964-01-29
1963-10-17
Cape Canaveral FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
US-ERS-12 and Vela-1/2 launch
United States1964-01-29
1964-05-28
Cape Canaveral FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank, based on a Boudwin rubber-stamp design) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
Saturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-01-29
1964-09-18
Cape Canaveral FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
Saturn-SA-7 launch
United States1964-01-29
1964-09-18
Cape Canaveral FL
Satellite Beach FL
(Rank) cachet (different, and signature) on coverSaturn-SA-5 launch
Saturn-SA-7 launch
1964-05-28: Saturn-SA-6
United States1964-05-28Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft) cachet (and signature) on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28Cape Canaveral FL(Sokolsky black) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
United States1964-05-28
1964-01-29
Satellite Beach FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank, based on a Boudwin rubber-stamp design) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-6 launch
Saturn-SA-5 launch
1964-09-18: Saturn-SA-7
United States1964-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-7 launch
United States1964-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(C. Swanson purple rubber-stamp and black typed) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-7 launch
United States1964-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft) cachet on cover, also insertSaturn-SA-7 launch
United States1964-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-7 launch
United States1964-09-18
1964-01-29
Satellite Beach FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank) cachet on coverSaturn-SA-7 launch
Saturn-SA-5 launch
United States1964-09-18
1964-01-29
Satellite Beach FL
Cape Canaveral FL
(Rank) cachet (different, and signature) on coverSaturn-SA-7 launch
Saturn-SA-5 launch
Apollo-Saturn [un-manned]
1966-02-26: Apollo-Saturn AS-201 [sub-orbital]
See the research rockets page for postal items related to this sub-orbital mission
1966-07-05: Apollo-Saturn AS-203
United States1966-07-05Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on coverApollo-Saturn AS-203 launch; a Saturn-1B first stage boosted a Saturn-IVB upper stage into orbit to verify its liquid hydrogen fuel management and engine restart capability in weightlessness; no Apollo spacecraft was carried
United States1966-07-05Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on cover
United States1966-07-05Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers, no logo) cachet on cover
United States1966-07-05Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1966-07-05Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1966-07-05Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1966-07-05
1966-08-25
Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)
Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)
(Rank velvet) cachet on coverApollo-Saturn AS-203 launch; a Saturn-1B first stage boosted a Saturn-IVB upper stage into orbit to verify its liquid hydrogen fuel management and engine restart capability in weightlessness; no Apollo spacecraft was carried
Apollo-Saturn AS-202 launch
1966-08-25: Apollo-Saturn AS-202 [sub-orbital]
See the research rockets page for postal items related to this sub-orbital mission
1967-11-09: Apollo-Saturn AS-501 (Apollo-4)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1967-11-09Tananarive(Black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverApollo-Saturn AS-501 (Apollo-4) Command and Service Module (CSM) test and photographic mission1; the CSM was boosted to 18,256 km and then descended back to Earth in a realistic simulation of re-entry from a translunar orbit; (in the two covers with the "Kennedy Space Center FL" cancel location highlighted in blue, the text "Apollo manned flight" and "AS 204" is incorrect)
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Rank velvet) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Harry Gordon magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Harry Gordon magenta and purple rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet on (airmail) cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover
United States1967-11-09Colorado Springs CO(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Jupiter FL(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet (and signature) on cover
United States1967-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Green and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC NASA? red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-09USS Bennington(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1967-11-27 (delayed at port?)Patrick AFB, FL(Red printed and typed) cachet on coverApollo-Saturn AS-501 (Apollo-4) event?
Apollo-Saturn AS-501 (anniversaries)
United States2017-11-09Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover50th anniv. Apollo-Saturn AS-501 (Apollo-4) Command and Service Module (CSM) test and photographic mission1; the CSM was boosted to 18,256 km and then descended back to Earth in a realistic simulation of re-entry from a translunar orbit
1968-01-22: Apollo-Saturn AS-204 (Apollo-5)
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black and red) cachet on (airmail) coverApollo-Saturn AS-204 launch; a Saturn-1B rocket lifted the Apollo LM (lunar module) into orbit in its first un-manned test flight; the LM's ascent and descent engine systems, and its ability to separate the ascent and descent stages, were tested in the space environment
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet (different) on cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(Harry Gordon) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover
United States1968-01-22WSMR, NM(Harry Gordon? magenta and purple rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) cover
United States1968-01-22Cape Canaveral FL(Purple rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin?/Vandy? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-01-22Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC NASA? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
1968-04-04: Apollo-Saturn AS-502 (Apollo-6)
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverApollo-Saturn AS-502 (Apollo-6) mission to test various rocket and spacecraft systems. While the rocket was orbiting Earth, its special 70-millimeter camera obtained some spectacular color stereo photographs which were later found to be excellent for cartographic, topographic and geographic studies of continental areas, coastal regions, and shallow waters. The camera photographed sections of the United States, the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, and the western Pacific, and had a haze-penetrating film and filter combination that provided better color balance and higher resolution than any photographs obtained during the Mercury and Gemini flights.
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney green and black) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney green and black) cachet on (airmail) cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Harry Gordon magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, and insert
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, and insert
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature, different) on cover, and insert
United States1968-04-04Grand Forks ND(Magenta and black rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Wallops Island VA(Magenta rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Barstow CA(Magenta and black rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet (and signature) on cover
United States1968-04-04WSMR, NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on cover
United States1968-04-04USS Du Pont(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC NASA? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04USS Okinawa(Green and silver and black printed) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04USS Okinawa(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04USS Okinawa(Magenta rubber-stamp and black typed) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04USS Chikaskia(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) cover
United States1968-04-04USS York County(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet on cover
United States1968-04-04Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet (different) on cover
Apollo-Saturn (on other than Apollo-Saturn launch covers)
United States1968-01-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp and sticker) cachet on Surveyor-7 launch coverApollo-Saturn AS-204 (Apollo-5) launch (cachet subject and date in text does not match cancel date)

1To demonstrate the structural and thermal integrity of the space vehicle and to verify adequacy of the Block II heatshield design for entry at lunar return conditions; also, a 70 mm still camera photographed Earth's surface every 10.6 seconds, taking 715 good-quality high-resolution pictures. Here are two examples of those photographs: image1 and image2


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