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This list consists of covers for unmanned launches taking place from 1959 through 1989. For many space collectors, the manned Mercury, Gemini & Apollo flights are the only flights they collect. The unmanned flights are often forgotten. But where would we be today without the unmanned launches. Communications satellites are used today throughout the world more than most people think. Weather satellites have saved countless numbers of lives due to early forecasting. Research satellites have helped us better understand the Earth and the interplanetary probes have helped us better understand the universe in which we live. The unmanned satellites are really the unsung heroes of the space program.



UNMANNED LAUNCHES 1959-1989

(Note: Please see Space Craft Covers list or Space Voyage Covers list for additional Unmanned Covers)


Unmanned Launches - 1959

Explorer-7 Launch, 10-13-59, PC - HC, Sarzin cachet $30.00


Unmanned Launches - 1960

Nike-Asp Launch, 5-25-60, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Polaris (1st. Submerged Launch), 7-20-60, PAFB - MC, RSC $20.00
Aerobee Hi Launch, 8-23-60, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Atlas Mice (Amy, Sally & Moe) Launch, 10-13-60, PAFB - MC, RSC $30.00
Discoverer-18 Launch, 12-7-60, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $20.00
Discoverer-18 Recovery, 12-10-60, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $15.00


Unmanned Launches - 1961

Nike Cajun Launch, 2-14-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Discoverer-20 Launch, 2-17-61, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $18.00
Discoverer-22 Launch, 3-30-61, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $18.00
Nike Cajun Launch, 4-5-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Asp Sodium Flare Launch, 4-19-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Asp Sodium Flare Launch, 4-20-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Asp Sodium Flare Launch, 4-21-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Cajun Launch, 6-7-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
ARGO D-4 Launch, 6-26-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Scout Explorer S-55 Launch, 6-30-61, WI - MC, RSC $12.00
Nike Apache Launch, 7-14-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Polaris Launch, 8-2-61, PAFB - MC, RSC $5.00
Aerobee-Hi Launch, 8-12-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Cajun Launch, 8-18-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Titan Launch, 9-7-61, PAFB - MC, Swanson RSC $4.00
Sodium Flare Launch, 9-13-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
ARGO D-4 Sodium Flare Launch, 9-14-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Discoverer-30 Recovery, 9-14-61, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $10.00
Nike Asp Sodium Flare Launch, 9-16-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Discoverer-31 Launch, 9-17-61, VAFB - MC, HF Historical cachet $10.00
Nike Asp Sodium Flare Launch, 9-18-61, WI - MC, RSC $3.00
Nike Cajun Launch, 9-18-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Pershing Launch, 9-27-61, PAFB - MC, RSC $3.00
Aerobee 150-A Launch, 9-30-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00
Nike Cajun Launch, 10-27-61, WI - HC, RSC $3.00


Unmanned Launches - 1962

Scout 8 Launch, 3-1-62, WI - HC, RSC $10.00
Centaur Launch, 5-8-62, PC - HC, printed cachet $4.00
Telstar-1 Launch, 7-10-62, PAFB - MC, Sokolsky cachet $5.00
Titan-II Launch, 9-12-62, CC - HC, Sarzin cachet $4.00
Tiros-6 Launch, 9-18-62, CC - HC, RSC $4.00
Explorer-15 Launch, 10-29-62, CC - HC, Sarzin cachet $7.00
Polaris A-3 Launch, 11-17-62, PAFB - MC, RSC $3.00


Unmanned Launches - 1963

Explorer-17 Launch, 4-3-63, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $6.00
Telstar-2 Launch, 5-7-63, CC - MC, Sarzin cachet $8.00
Telstar-2 Launch, 5-7-63, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $8.00
Tiros-7 Launch, 6-19-63, CC - MC, Sarzin cachet $5.00
Tiros-7 Launch, 6-19-63, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $5.00
Syncom-2 Launch, 7-26-63, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Transit-5B Launch, 9-28-63, VAFB - MC, Centennial cachet $5.00
Polaris-A3 Launch, 12-10-63, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Blue Scout Launch, 12-16-63, VAFB - MC, RSC $3.00
Explorer-19 Launch, 12-19-63, VAFB - MC, Sarzin cachet $5.00


Unmanned Launches - 1964

Polaris Launch, 2-17-64, CC - HC, RSC $4.00
Explorer-19 Launch, 3-19-64, CC - MC, Sarzin cachet $5.00
Explorer-19 Launch, 3-19-64, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Explorer-19 Launch, 3-19-64, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Vela Hotel Launch, 7-17-64, CC - MC, Sarzin cachet $3.00
Ttian-3A Launch, 9-1-64, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Polaris Launch, 11-13-64, CC - MC, Sarzin cachet $4.00
Titan-3A Launch, 12-10-64, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Atlas Centaur Launch, 12-11-64, CC - HC, Sarzin cachet $3.00
Explorer-26 Launch, 12-21-64, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $4.00


Unmanned Launches - 1965

Titan-3A Launch, 2-11-65, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Titan-3A Launch, 2-11-65, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Polaris Launch, 2-15-65, CC - HC, B488 $6.00
Polaris Launch, 3-1-65, CC - MC, B489, autographed by Commanding Officer USS John C. Calhoun $6.00
Ranger-9 Launch/Lunar Impact, 3-21-65 CC - HC & 3-24-65 CC - HC, Orbit cachet $10.00
Beacon Explorer Launch, 4-29-65, WI - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Titan-3A Launch, 5-6-65, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Rocket Launch From NASA Mobile Range USNS Croatan, 5-19-65, WI - MC, RSC & ship's corner card $12.00
Rocket Launch From NASA Mobile Range USNS Croatan, 5-19-65, WI - MC, Frasketi cachet & ship's corner card $12.00
Titan-3C Launch, 6-18-65, CC - HC, Sarzin cachet $3.00
Titan-3C Launch, 6-18-65, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Titan-3C Launch, 10-15-65, CC - HC, Sarzin cachet $3.00
Titan-3C Launch, 10-15-65, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Explorer-30 Launch, 11-19-65, WI - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00


Unmanned Launches - 1966

Atlas Centaur Launch, 4-8-66, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
OAO-1 Launch, 4-8-66, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Explorer-32 Launch, 5-25-66, CC- HC, Sarzin cachet $4.00
Explorer-32 Launch, 5-25-66, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Titan-3C Launch, 6-16-66, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Explorer-33 Launch, 7-1-66, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $4.00
Titan-3C Launch, 8-26-66, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Surveyor-2 Launch, 9-20-66, PAFB - MC, Sarzin cachet $4.00


Unmanned Launches - 1967

Titan-3C Launch, 4-28-67, CC - HC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Explorer-34/IMP-F Launch, 5-24-67, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Explorer-35 Launch, 7-19-67, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Scout Re-Entry Launch, 10-19-67, WI - MC, Centennial cachet $6.00



Unmanned Launches - 1968

Titan-3C Launch, 6-13-68, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Titan-3C Launch, 6-13-68, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Aerobee-150A Launch, 6-25-68, WI - HC, RSC $2.00
Explorer-38 Launch, 7-4-68, VAFB - MC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Spy Satellite Launch, 8-6-68, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Explorer-39/Explorer-40 Launch, 8-8-68, VAFB - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Explorer-39/Explorer-40 Launch, 8-8-68, VAFB - MC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Titan-3C Launch, 9-19-68, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $2.00
Pioneer-9 Launch, 11-8-68, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00


Unmanned Launches - 1969

OSO-5 Launch, 1-22-69, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
ISIS-1 Launch, 1-29-69, VAFB - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Tacomsat-1 Launch, 2-9-69, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Vela Hotel-9 & 10 Launch, 5-23-69, CC - MC, Centennial cachet $3.00
Vela Hotel-9 & 10 Launch, 5-23-69, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Explorer-41/IMP-G Launch, 6-21-69, VAFB - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Intelsat-3 Launch, 7-26-69, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
OSO-6 Launch, 8-9-69, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00


Unmanned Launches - 1970

Minuteman Launch, 5-4-70, VAFB - MC, RSC $1.00
Arcas White Rat Launch, 8-4-70, WI - MC, RSC $2.00
Arcas Bio Rat Launch, 8-18-70, WI - MC, RSC $2.00
Barium Ion Cloud Launch, 10-5-70, WI - HC, Andromeda cachet $2.00
Mars SPED Parachute Test Launch, 10-9-70, WI - HC, Andromeda cachet $3.00
Mars SPED Parachute Test Launch, 10-9-70, WI - MC, RSC $3.00
OFO-1 Launch, 11-9-70, WI - MC, RSC $2.00
Nike Tomahawk Launch, 12-10-70, WI - MC, RSC $2.00
Nike Tomahawk Launch, 12-16-70, WI - MC, RSC $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1971

Explorer-43/IMP-8 Launch, 3-13-71, CC - MC, Orbit cachet $3.00
Explorer-43/IMP-8 Launch, 3-13-71, CC - HC, Whitney RSC $2.00
Balloon Launch, 5-11-71, Palestine TX - MC, RSC $1.00
DSCS-II Launch, 11-3-71, CC - MC, printed cachet $2.00
Intelsat-IV Launch, 12-20-71, CC - MC, printed cachet $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1972

Intelsat-IV Launch, 1-23-72, CC - MC, printed cachet $2.00
Explorer-46 Launch, 8-14-72, WI - HC, Cygnus cachet $2.00
Explorer-47 Launch, 9-23-72, CC - MC, Whitney RSC $2.00
Nimbus-E Launch, 12-10-72, VAFB - MC, Sarzin cachet $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1973

Explorer-1 15th. Anniversary, 1-31-73, CC - MC, Whitney RSC $1.00
Explorer-1 15th. Anniversary, 1-31-73, Washington DC - HC, printed cachet $2.00
Balloon Launch, 4-5-73, Palestine TX - MC, RSC $1.00
Anik-2/Telesat-B Launch, 4-20-73, PAFB - MC, Cygnus cover #46 $2.00
Arcas Launch, 10-10-73, WI - MC, RSC $1.00
Explorer-51 Launch, 12-15-73, VAFB - MC, RSC $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1974

Titan Centaur Proof Flight, 2-11-74, CC - MC, Whitney RSC $2.00
Explorer-52 Launch, 6-3-74, VAFB - MC, RSC $2.00
Intasat Launch, 11-15-74, Greenbelt MD - MC, Goddard Space Center Stamp Club cachet $2.00
AMSAT/OSCAR-7 Launch, 11-15-74, Lompoc CA - MC, AMSAT cachet $2.00
Intelsat-4 Launch, 11-22-74, KSC - MC, Centennial cachet $2.00
Symphonie-A Launch, 12-19-74, KSC - MC, Centennial cachet $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1975

Viking-A Launch, 8-20-75, KSC - MC, NASA cachet $4.00
Viking-B Launch, 9-9-75, KSC - MC, NASA cachet $4.00



Unmanned Launches - 1976

Pioneer/Venus Parachute Test, 12-13-76, Truth Or Consequences NM - MC, 3-Muscateers cachet $2.00
Pioneer/Venus Parachute Test, 12-16-76, Truth Or Consequences NM - MC, 3-Muscateers cachet $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1978

Pioneer Venus Launch, 8-8-78, CC - MC, Zaso "Silk" cachet $3.00
HEAO-B Launch, 11-13-78, KSC - MC, Zaso "Silk" cachet $2.00


Unmanned Launches - 1985

Tiros-1 25th Anniversary, 4-1-85, Washington DC - HC, NOAA cachet (Set of 2 Covers) $2.00






Unmanned Launches - 1989

GPS Navstar Launch, 2-14-89, Greenbelt MD - HC, GSFC Stamp Club cachet $2.00

                                                                    ABBREVIATIONS USED

CC: Cape Canaveral GSFC: Goddard Space Flight Center
HC: hand cancel KSC: Kennedy Space Center
MC: machine cancel PAFB: Patrick Air Force Base
PC: Port Canaveral RSC: rubber stamp cachet
SB: Satellite Beach SCCS: Space City Cover Society
VAFB: Vandenberg Air Force Base WI: Wallops Island
WSMR: White Sands Missile Range
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