Space Coast Philatelic Society – SCPS

[Updated August 2020]

My collection of SCPS covers is shown below. I know very little about these covers apart from the obvious information i’ve been able to put together by collecting them for a while. I don’t yet know who made them or where they were made but the obvious guess is somewhere in Florida. SCPS covers have printed cachet designs, starting with fancy 2-color designs in the ’70s and ending up with simpler 1-color designs in the ’80s. SCPS covers were issued for almost all, if not all, launch events from KSC between early-1973 and sometime in 1984. Interestingly even the ‘secret’ launches are pretty much all covered here, though of course the cachets do not provide much information because details about certain launches were not available to the public at that time. In summary, SCPS covers provide a great insight into KSC launches from the period and it is a real challenge to find them all. I’m not sure how many covers were released for each issue but as with some other space cover brands, as a general rule it seems that earlier issues are easier to find than later ones. You can find examples of SCPS covers relatively cheaply on eBay etc.

There were at least 2 different types of rubber printed SCPS logos used, which I will refer to as “TYPE I” (approx. 30mm wide) and “TYPE II” (approx. 45mm wide) below. I have seen the Type I logo printed in blue, red and black; and the Type II logo in blue only. I’m not sure what the significance is of the different colors used, but would love to know more about this if anyone can help. There is a numbering system associated with the logos that is complicated to understand. I show the number for each issue below where I can. The numbers are written in pen and i’ve seen several different types of handwriting. Sometimes a single issue has different numbers and again I cannot explain this. Also sometimes the numbers are reversed. Perhaps these are mistakes, or perhaps there is a good reason for this. Not every cover has a logo & number which also requires an explanation. Sometimes the logo is printed on the front, sometimes it is printed on the back. This all tells me that perhaps different people were involved in the process otherwise I imagine the logo placement would be more consistent. So there are a few little mysteries here that need solving and I think that makes these covers all the more interesting to collect.

I’d certainly be interested in purchasing any SCPS covers that I don’t show here, please contact me if you can help ! I also have some spares available for sale or swap. Also if anyone can help me understand more about these interesting space covers i’d really appreciate any extra information or scans that I can add here.

1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984

1973  |  Back to Year choices

Rhyolite 2 – Aquacade 2 – 6th March 1973:


Pioneer 11 – 5th April 1973:


Anik A2 – 20th April 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 73/2):


Skylab Launch – 14th May 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 73/3):


First Crewed Skylab Mission – 25th May 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 73/6):


Explorer 49 – 11th June 1973 – Type I Logo (red 73/15):


DSP 4 – 12th June 1973:


Intelsat IV F7 – 23rd August 1973 – Type I Logo (red 73/17):


IMP J / Explorer 50 – 25th October 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 73/15, red 75/18):


Mariner 10 – 3rd November 1973:


Skylab Launch SL-4 – 16th November 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 75/17):


Skylab Launch SL-4 – 16th November 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 75/18):


Skylab Launch SL-4 – 16th November 1973 – Type I Logo (blue 75/19):


DSCS-2 3/4 – 13th December 1973:


1974  |  Back to Year choices

Skynet 2A – 18th January 1974 – Type I Logo (red 74/1):


Sphinx / Viking DS – 11th February 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/2):


Westar 1 – 13th April 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/3):


SMS 1 – 17th May 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/4):


ATS 6 – 30th May 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/5):


Westar 2 – 10th October 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/6):


Intelsat 4 F8 – 21st November 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/7):


Skynet 2B – 23rd November 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/8):


Helios 1 – 10th December 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/9):


Symphonie 1 – 18th December 1974 – Type I Logo (blue 74/10):


1975  |  Back to Year choices

SMS 2 – 6th February 1975 – Type I Logo (blue/black 75/1):


Intelsat 4 F6 – 20th February 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/2):


Anik A3 – 7th May 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/4):


Titan IIIC / DSCS 2-5/2-6 / Project 777 – 20th May 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/5):


Intelsat 4 1 – 22nd May 1975 – Type I Logo (blue/black 75/6):


Atlas Agena Spysat Canyon 6 – 18th June 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/7)


OSO 8 Solar Satellite – 21st June 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/8):


Apollo Soyuz – 17th July 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/13):


Viking 1 – 20th August 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/17):


Symphonie 2 – 26th August 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/18):


Viking 2 – 9th September 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/21):
[Note offset variation where the red is double-printed and the black printed over the top.]


Intelsat 4A 1 – 26th September 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/22):


NASA AE-D – 6th October 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/5);


GOES 1 – 16th October 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/18, blue 75/23):


AE-E / Explorer 55 – 19th November 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/19):


Dad Scout Booster – 5th December 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/6);


Satcom 1 – 12th December 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/20, blue 75/25):


Spysat Titan 3C Agena DSP 5- 14th December 1975 – Type I Logo (blue 75/27):


1976  |  Back to Year choices

Helios 2 – 15th January 1976 – Type I Logo (blue 76/1):


CTS / Hermes – 19th January 1976 – Type I Logo (blue 76/2):


Intelsat 4A 2 – 29th January 1976:


Marisat 1 – 19th February 1976 – Type I Logo (blue 76/4):


Les 8/9 – 15th March 1976 – Type I Logo (blue 76/5):


Satcom 2 – 26th March 1976 – Type I Logo (blue/black 76/6):


NATO 3A – 22nd April 1976 – Type I Logo (blue/black 76/7):


Comstar 1A – 13th May 1976 – Type I Logo(black 76/8):


Marisat 2 – 9th June 1976 – Type I Logo (black 76/9):


DSP 6 – 25th June 1976 – Type I Logo (black 76/10, blue 76/11, red 76/11):


Palapa 1 – 8th July 1976 – Type I Logo (black 76/11):


Comstar D2 – 22nd July 1976 – Type I Logo (black 76/12, red 76/13):


Marisat 3 – 14th October 1976 – Type I Logo (black 76/13, red 76/14):


1977  |  Back to Year choices

NATO 3B – 27th January 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/1, red 77/1):


DSP 7 – 6th February 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/2, red 77/2):


Palapa 2 – 10th March 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/3):


ESA-GEOS – 20th April 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/4, red 77/5):


DSCS 2 7/8 – 12th May 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/5, red 77/6):


Canyon 7 – 23rd May 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/6, red 77/7):


Intelsat 4A 4 – 26th May 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/7, red 77/8):


GOES 2 – 16th June 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/8, red 77/11):


GMS 1 – 14th July 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/9):


HEAO 1 – 12th August 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/10, red 77/12):


Voyager 2 – 20th August 1977:
[Shows wrong initial date, but corrected below. Possibly a leftover Canyon 7 cover re-purposed for Voyager 2.]


Sirio – 25th August 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/12):


Voyager 1 – 6th September 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/13, red 77/15):


OTS – 13th September 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/14, red 77/16):


Intelsat 4A 5 – 29th September 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/15):


ISEE 1/2 – 25th October 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/16, red 77/18):


Meteosat 1 – 23rd November 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/17):


Atlas Agena Secret Satellite / Aquacade 3 – 12th December 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/18):


Japan CS1 / Sakura 1 – 14th December 1977 – Type I Logo (black 77/19, red -/-):


1978  |  Back to Year choices

Intelsat 4A 3 – 6th January 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/1):


IUE / Explorer 57 – 26th January 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/2):


Fltsatcom 1 – 9th February 1978:


DSCS 2 Phase 2 – 27th March 1978:


Intelsat 4A F6 – 31st March 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/5):


Aquacade 4 – 7th April 1978:


BSE 1 – 7th April 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/6):


OTS 2 – 11th May 1978:


Pioneer Venus Orbiter (Pioneer 12) – 20th May 1978:


Pioneer Venus Orbiter (Pioneer 12) – 22nd May 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/9):


Chalet 8 / Vortex 8 – 12th June 1978:


GOES 3 – 16th June 1978:


Comstar 1C – 29th June 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/12):


Geos 2 – 14th July 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/13):


Pioneer Venus Multiprobe (Pioneer 13) – 8th August 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/14):


ISEE-C – 14th August 1978:


HEAO 2 – 13th November 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/16):


NATO 3C – 19th November 1978:


DSCS II 11/12 – 13th December 1978:


Telesat ANIK B – 15th December 1978 – Type I Logo (black 78/19):


1979  |  Back to Year choices

SCATHA – 30th January 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/1):


Columbia 102 Arrival – 26th March 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/2):


FLTSATCOM 2 – 4th May 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/3):


DSP 8 – 11th June 1979:


Westar 3 – 9th August 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/5):


HEAO 3 – 20th September 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/6):


Vortex 9 – 1st October 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/7):


DSCS 2 13/14 – 20th November 1979 – Type I Logo (black 79/8):


Satcom 3 – 6th December 1979:


1980  |  Back to Year choices

FLTSATCOM 3 – 18th January 1980 – Type I Logo (black 80/1):


SMM (Solarmax) – 14th February 1980 – Type I Logo (black 80/2):


GOES 4 – 9th September 1980 – Type I Logo (black 80/3):


FLTSATCOM 4 – 31st October 1980 – Type I Logo (black 80/4)


SBS 1 – 17th November 1980:


Intelsat V F2 – 8th December 1980:


1981  |  Back to Year choices

Comstar D – 23rd February 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/1):


DSP 9 – 16th March 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/2):


GOES 5 – 22nd May 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/4):


Intelsat-5 1 – 23rd May 1981:


FLTSATCOM 5 – 6th August 1981:


SBS 2 – 24th September 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/6):


Vortex 10 – 31st October 1981 (2nd November 1981) – Type II Logo (blue 81/7):


Satcom 3R – 19th November 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/9):


Intelsat-5 3 – 15th December 1981 – Type II Logo (blue 81/10):


1982  |  Back to Year choices

Satcom 4 – 15th January 1982:


Westar 4 – 25th February 1982 – Type II Logo (blue 82/2):


Intelsat-5 4 – 4th March 1982 – Type II Logo (blue 82/3):


DSP 10 – 6th March 1982:


Insat 1A – 12th April 1982 – Type II Logo (blue 82/5):


Westar 5 – 9th June 1982:


Anik D1 – 26th August 1982:


Intelsat-5 5 – 28th September 1982:


Satcom 5 – Aurora 1 – 27th October 1982:


DSCS-2 16 – 30th October 1982:


1983  |  Back to Year choices

Satcom 1R – 11th April 1983:


GOES 6 – 28th April 1983:


Intelsat-5 6 – 19th May 1983:


Galaxy 1 – 28th June 1983:


Telstar 301 – 28th July 1983:


Satcom 2R – 8th September 1983:


Galaxy 2 – 22nd September 1983:


1984  |  Back to Year choices

Vortex 11 – 31st January 1984:


DSP 11 – 14th February 1984:


Intelsat-5 9 – 9th June 1984:


CCE / IRM / UKS / STP – 16th August 1984:


Galaxy 3 – 21st September 1984:


NATO 3D – 14th November 1984:


DSP 12 – 22nd December 1984: