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Bob M
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posted 07-07-2012 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 169 (July 8, 2012)

Space Cover #169: Automated Transfer Vehicle-2/STS-135/Atlantis Flown Cover

When Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at KSC on July 21, 2011, it marked the end of the 30-year and 135-flight Space Shuttle Program. 600 postal covers returned to Earth aboard Atlantis on STS-135 and the Space Shuttle program's historic final flight. These 600 covers were among the cargo onboard ESA's unmanned ATV-2 spacecraft that was launched to the ISS aboard an Ariane 5 rocket in February 2011.

Many of the flown covers were offered for sale by Espace Lollini of France. The top cover shown here (thanks to Chris Calle) is one of only a small number signed by the six ISS Expedition crew members and also rubber stamped with two small ISS onboard cachets.

The standard, unsigned covers (example above) were sold by Lollini for around $70, but are out-of-stock now and are on sale elsewhere for $199.

Lollini mounted their flown ATV-2 covers in excellent folders, that included a tracking station cover (shown here) and a Mission Control cover.

While these flown covers were mainly promoted as being flown on the ATV-2 transfer vehicle, their real significance lies in the fact that they were onboard Atlantis when it accomplished the Space Shuttle Program's final flight.

Flown covers and various flown material is common now, but these flown covers have extra special significance: launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, South America; flown to the ISS onboard ATV-2 and spent 156 days in space; and finally returned to Earth aboard Atlantis on its and the Space Shuttle Program's last flight.

eurospace
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posted 07-12-2012 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are actually three basic types of flown covers and postcards from ATV-2 and STS-135:
  • the said Astrium covers (the folder was produced by the club, not Lollini)
  • the ERNO postcards
  • covers flown by Alenia Spazio from Italy.
The Italian ASITAF club and his President, Umberto Cavallaro, has actually published an interesting overview of flown ATV covers in the recent edition of their newsletter. The same manuscript was also published in "Orbit", the magazine of ASSS/U.K.

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Jürgen P Esders
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International Director (Europe), Space Unit
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BrianB
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posted 07-12-2012 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BrianB   Click Here to Email BrianB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Crap!

I was just inquiring about one of these from Lollini. Can you tell me where they are available elsewhere, or does anyone have a spare? Thanks.

cspg
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posted 07-13-2012 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob M:
The top cover shown here (thanks to Chris Calle) is one of only a small number signed by the six ISS Expedition crew members and also rubber stamped with two small ISS onboard cachets.
If memory serves well, that one was selling for around 250 euros. So I bought the standard Astrium covers.

eurospace
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posted 07-15-2012 04:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best and cheapest way to get one of those flown covers is being a member of the issuing clubs ("Marianne", "SEP", "ERNO Philatelie", or "ASITAF") and subscribing to their space covers series (Ariane).

This way, I got the flown covers/cards for sometimes as little as 10 or 15 Euro, and the whole bunch of unsigned and signed covers for around 100 Euro.

On the free market, these are of course much more expensive, and the price is increasing by the day.

alec
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posted 09-15-2012 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ATV-2 / MagISStra flown cover – Umberto Cavallaro – ASITAF AD*ASTRA N° 12 – March 2012

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Alec Bartos
President of Astrophilatelic Commission of Romanian Philatelic Federation
Member of ASSS, Space Unit, ASITAF

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