Robert Rank Space Covers

Taken from a flyer advertising Robert Rank’s velvet space covers, c1965:

Year-by-year issues

1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969

1960  |  Back to Year choices

Explorer 8 – 3rd November 1960 (possibly an early Robert Rank space cover, as the design is very similar to some others below):


1961  |  Back to Year choices

Ham / Mercury-Redstone 2 / Sub-Orbit Chimp – 31st January 1961:


Alan Shepard / Mercury-Redstone 3 / ‘Freedom 7’ – 5th May 1961:


Gus Grissom / Mercury-Redstone 4 / ‘Liberty Bell 7’ – 21st July 1961:


Mechanical Man / Mercury Capsule- 13th September 1961:


Enos / Mercury-Atlas 5 / Orbital Chimp – 29th November 1961:


1962  |  Back to Year choices

Ranger 4 – 23rd April 1962:


Scott Carpenter / Mercury-Atlas 7 / ‘Liberty Bell 7’ – 24th May 1962:


Telstar – 10th July 1962:


Mariner 2 / Venus Probe Launch – 27th August 1962:


JFK “We Shall Reach The Moon” / First Cape Visit – 11th September 1962:


Tiros 6 – 18th September 1962:


Alouette 1 – 28th September 1962 / Alouette 2 – 28th November 1965:


Wally Schirra / Mercury-Atlas 8 / ‘Sigma 7’ – 3rd October 1962:


Mercury MA-8 – 3rd October 1962 / Gemini 6 – 15th December 1965:


Explorer 14 – 3rd October 1962 / Explorer 26 – 21st December 1964:


Welcome Home / Wally Schirra – 15th October 1962:


Ranger 5 – 18th October 1962:

Note: there is a difference in the wording between the last 2 covers shown above. One says: ‘ROCKET / FIRED / FROM / CAPE / CANAVERAL / FLORIDA’, the other says: ‘ROCKET / FIRED / FROM / VANDENBERG / AIR FORCE / BASE / CALIFORNIA’.


Anna 2 Satellite – 31st October 1962:


Saturn-Apollo / SA-3 – 16th November 1962:


Relay 1 – 13th/14th December 1962 / Relay 2 – 21st January 1964:


Mariner 2 Passes Venus – 14th December 1962 / Mariner 4 Passes Mars – 14th July 1965:


Explorer 18 – 16th December 1962:


Transit 5A – 18th December 1962:


Proposed Ion Ship – 18th December 1962:


1963  |  Back to Year choices

Syncom 1 – 14th Feb 1963:


Anniversary John Glenn ‘Friendship 7’ Flight – 20th February 1963 / 20th February 1967:


Stratoscope 2 – 1st March 1963:


Saturn-Apollo / SA-4 – 28th March 1963:


Explorer 17 – 3rd April 1963:


Telstar 2 – 7th May 1963:


Midas – 9th May 1963:


Gordon Cooper / Mercury-Atlas 9 / ‘Faith 7’ – 15th May 1963:


Gordon Cooper Visits Washington – 21st May 1963:


Gordon Cooper Visits New York- 22d May 1963:


Radose Surcal 1B Secret – Thor Agena D – 15th June 1963:


Transit 5a / ‘Scout’ – 15th June 1963:


Tiros 7 – 19th June 1963 / Tiros 8 – 21st December 1963:


JFK Visits West Germany – 25th June 1963:


JFK Visits West Berlin – 26th June 1963:


USAF Agena ‘Hitch-Hiker’ – 26th June 1963


JFK Visits Ireland – 27th June 1963:


Douglas 200th THOR – 29th June 1963:


USAF Secret Satellite – 29th June 1963:


JFK Visits Italy – 1st July 1963:


JFK Visits England – 1st July 1963:


JFK Meets Pope Paul – 2nd July 1963:


Midas 9 / TRS 4 – 18th July 1963


Syncom 2 – 26th July 1963 / Syncom 3 – 19th August 1964:


Little Joe 2 – 28th August 1963:


Transit 5B – 28th September 1963:


TRS Five – 17th October 1963:


Apollo (Pad Abort Test 1) – 7th November 1963:


JFK Visits Cape – 16th November 1963:


JFK Assassination coverage – 26th November 1963:


Explorer 18 & Explorer 21 / Imp A & B – 27th November 1963 / 4th Oct 1964:


Centaur 2 – 27th November 1963 / Centaur 4 – 11th December 1964:


Transit 5B – 5th December 1963:


1st Polaris Launch at Cape Kennedy – 10th December 1963:


Study of Quasars / JFK Symposium – 18th December 1963:


Explorer 19 – 19th December 1963:


Tiros 8 – 21st December 1963:


1964  |  Back to Year choices

Relay 2 – 21st January 1964 (see also Relay 1 above):


Saturn I SA-5 – 29th January 1964:


Ranger 6 – 30th January 1964 / Ranger 7 – 28th July 1964:


Ariel 2 – 27th March 1964:


Gemini 1 – 8th April 1964 / Gemini 2 – 19th January 1965:


Project RAM – 10th April 1964:


Transit 5B – 21st April 1964:


Gemini GT-1 – 28th May 1964:


1st Manned Paraglider – 20th July 1964:


OGO 1 – 4th Sep 1964 / POGO 4 – 28th Jul 1967:


Nuclear Detector Satellite Launch – 23rd October 1964:


Mariner 3 – 5th November 1964 / Mariner 4 – 28th November 1964:


San Marco / Scout Launch / Italian Satellite – 15th December 1964:


1965  |  Back to Year choices

Ranger 9 – 21st March 1965:


Gemini 3 Launch – 23rd March 1965:


Explorer 27 – 29th April 1965:


Gemini 4 Launch – 3rd June 1965:


Pegasus 3 – 30th July 1965:


Gemini 5 Launch – 21st August 1965:


Gemini 5 – 21st August 1965 / Gemini 11 – 12th September 1966:


Pope Paul Visits NY & UN – 4th October 1965:


Explorer 29 / GEOS A Geodetic Satellite – 6th November 1965:


Explorer 30 / Solar X-Ray Satellite – 19th November 1965:


Gemini 6 / Mercury MA-8 – 3rd October 1962 – 15th December 1965:


First Rendezvous – Gemini 7 – 4th December 1965 / Gemini 6 – 15th December 1965:


Gemini 7 – 4th December 1965 / Gemini 12 – 11th November 1966:


Gemini 7 – 4th December 1965 / Gemini 6 & 7 Rendezvous – 18th December 1965:


FRi Scout Launch French Satellite – 6th December 1965:


Kleuver Flies / Manned LLRV – 13th December 1965:


Gemini 6 – 15th December 1965 / 16th December 1965:


Gemini 6 – 15th December 1965 / Gemini 9 – 3rd June 1966:


1966  |  Back to Year choices

Apollo AS-201 – 26th February 1966:


Gemini 8 – 16th March 1966:

Europa 1 (ELDO F4 Launch, Success) / ESRO 2A (Failure) – 24th May 1966:


1st Surveyor Signals from Moon – 2nd June 1966:


Gemini 9 – 3rd June 1966:


Pacific Comsat Lani Bird 1 – 27th Oct 1966 / Pacific Comsat Lani Bird 2 – 11th Jan 1967:


1967  |  Back to Year choices

Apollo 1 Fire – 27th Jan 1967:


Apollo Tragedy – 3rd Feb 1967:


Surveyor 3 – 20th Apr 1967:


Mariner 5 – 14th June 1967:


TV Show Featuring The Beatles / via Satellite – 25th June 1967:


In Memory Original GT-9 Crew – 29th Sep 1967:


1968  |  Back to Year choices

TV by Satellite JBJ Decides not to run – 31st Mar 1968:


World mourns loss of RFK on TV by Satellite- 5th/6th June 1968:


Apollo 8 – 21st December 1968 / 27th December 1968:


1969  |  Back to Year choices

Apollo 9 – 3rd March 1969 / 13th March 1969:


Apollo 10 – 18th May 1969 / 26th May 1969:


Apollo 11 – 16th July 1969 / 24th July 1969: