Solar Covers

Work in progress – February 2020. Still trying to figure out what I have / don’t have, and the Solar Covers numbering system which is not always written on the insert.

In a 1973 copy of ‘Explorer’, the International Association of Space Philatelists (IASP) journal, I read that Roger Jarrell from Huntington, West Virginia was responsible for the brand ‘Solar Covers’. That’s all I know at this stage. Can anyone shed any more light on this brand brand or the producer himself ?

I’m missing a few early covers between # 1 and # 5. The ‘INTELSAT III F8’ cover from 23rd Jul 1970 is certainly one of them, it looks like this. The earliest Solar Covers are not numbered. I’m not sure what events the other two that i’m missing are for, but candidates include the following: Intelsat 3 F6 (14th Jan 1970), ITOS 1 (23rd Jan 1970), Sert 2 (3rd Feb 1970), NATO 2A (21st Mar 1970), Nimbus 4 (8th Apr 1970), Apollo 13 (13th April 1970), Intelsat 3 F7 (22nd Apr 1970), RAM C-3 (30th Sep 1970), Secede III Barium release (5th Oct 1970) and possibly the other ‘secret satellite’ launches in 1970 including Rhyolite 1, Canyon 3, DSP1, etc. Can anyone help ?


Solar Cover # 1-5(?) – SKYNET B – 19th Aug 1970:


Solar Cover # 1-5(?) – SPED 2 – 9th Oct 1970:


Solar Cover # 6 – OAO B – 30th Nov 1970:


Solar Cover # 7 – ITOS A – 11th Dec 1970:


Solar Cover # 8 – Intelsat IV – 25th Jan 1971:


Solar Cover # 9 – Apollo 14 Launch – 31st Jan 1971:


Solar Cover # 9.5? – NATO B – 2nd Feb 1971:


Solar Cover # 10 – Apollo 14 Lunar Landing – 5th Feb 1971:


Solar Cover # 11 – Apollo 14 Recovery – 9th Feb 1971:


Solar Cover # 12 & 13 –  WANTED


Solar Cover # 14 – ISIS B – 31st Mar 1971:


Solar Cover # 15 – Decade of Man in Space – 5th May 1971:


Solar Cover # 16 – Mariner 8 – 9th May 1971:


Solar Cover # 17 – Mariner 9 – 1st Jun 1971:


Solar Cover # 18 – Apollo 15 Launch – 26th Jul 1971:


Solar Cover # 19 – Apollo 15 Lunar Landing – 30th Jul 1971:


Solar Cover # 20A – Apollo Lunar Rover – 31st Jul 1971:


Solar Cover # 20B – Decade of Achievement – 2nd Aug 1971:


Solar Cover # 21 – Apollo 15 Sub-satellite – 4th Aug 1971:


Solar Cover # 22 – Apollo 15 Space Walk – 5th Aug 1971:


Solar Cover # 23 – Apollo 15 Recovery – 7th Aug 1971:


Solar Cover # 24 – WANTED


Solar Cover # 25 – ITOS B – 21st Oct 1971


Solar Cover # 26 – WANTED – I only have the insert:


Solar Cover # 27 – EOLE 1 – 16th Aug 1971:


Solar Cover # 28 – OSO H – 29th Sep 1971:


Solar Cover # 29 – UK 4 – 11th Dec 1971:


Solar Cover # 30 – Intelsat IV F3 – 19th Dec 1971:


Solar Cover # 31 – Mariner 9 Mars Orbit – 15th Nov 1971:


Solar Cover # 32 – Intelsat IV F4 – 24th Jan 1972:


Solar Cover # 33 – Apollo 16 Rollback – 27th Jan 1972:


Solar Cover # 34 – Heos A2 – 31st Jan 1972:


Solar Cover # 35 – ESRO TD 1A – 11th Mar 1972:


Solar Cover # 36 – Apollo 16 Launch – 16th Apr 1972:


Solar Cover # 37 – Apollo 16 Lunar Landing – 20th Apr 1972:


Solar Cover # 38 – Apollo 16 Sub-satellite – 24th Apr 1972:


Solar Cover # 39 & 40 – WANTED


Solar Cover # 41 – Opening Day Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum – 20th Jul 1972:


Solar Cover # 42 – ERTS A – 23rd Jul 1972:


Solar Cover # 43 through 45 – WANTED


Solar Cover # 46 – ANIK 1 – 9th Nov 1972:


Solar Cover # 47 – WANTED


Solar Cover # 48 – Apollo 17 Launch – 7th Dec 1972:


Solar Cover # 49 through 51 – WANTED


Solar Cover # 52 – ITOS D – 15th Oct 1972: