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Antoni RIGO
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From: Palma de Mallorca, Is. Baleares - SPAIN
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posted 09-26-2015 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 336 (September 26, 2015)

Space Cover #336: Barbarella rocket launch

Space launch bases as Baikonur, Cape Canaveral, Jiuquan, Kourou, Plesetsk, Sriharikota, Tanegashima, Vandenberg, Wallops Island… are among the best known. But the space history has seen as many others have been used only temporally or only one time. Similarly, rockets as Ariane, Atlas, Delta, Long March, Saturn, Soyuz… are familiar to astrophilatelists.

However, along the space history exploration, there have been some space launch places and rockets that time seems to have forgotten. Nowadays and thanks to space covers it is possible to recover the space history exploration. It is the main goal of Astrophilately: registering space events through space covers.

A good example is the above shown cover. It was postmarked with a 000 red meter (used as favor for philately purposes) at Eckernfoerde (Eckernförde) in the north of Germany, close to Denmark frontier on March, 12 1974 commemorating the launch of first German hybrid-rocket Barbarella from a mobile jack-up drilling platform (Hubinsel in German) named Barbara Y844 and located in Baltic Sea. This platform was installed in June 26, 1964 and out of service in December, 15 1995. Eckernfoerde, a city facing the Baltic Sea, is the nearest place to exact launch site, as a post office was not available from the Barbarella platform.

The Barbarella hybrid-rocket was developed by students of Technische Universität von München (Munich Technical University) under the management of R. Schmucker, W. Schauer and the German space engineer Prof. Harry Oskar Ruppe (he signed in the left top cover) who was appointed to the Munich Technical University in 1966 and took over the chair of Astronautics, the position he held until 1994.

The Barbarella rocket is currently displayed in the Deustches Museum in Munich.

micropooz
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posted 09-26-2015 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great cover Antoni! Welcome to Space Cover of the Week!!

stevedd841
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posted 09-27-2015 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Antoni, quite a nice space cover find for Barbara Y844 (Barbarella), March 12, 1974, for this platform site, Hubinsel, located in the Baltic Sea. And, would also like to say best regards and "welcome aboard" the SCOTW space cover team!

eurospace
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posted 09-27-2015 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the handwriting, I conclude that the late Peter Wilhelm, former President of Weltraum Philatelie e. V., prepared it for servicing.

The name if the city, by the way, is Eckernförde. The text in the cancellation might be a bit crackly.

Antoni RIGO
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posted 09-28-2015 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dennis, Steve. I hope not detract the confidence placed on me.

Jürgen, thanks for the correction about the name of the city. It was my mistake in writing. Now corrected. Thanks too for identifying the handwriting. I had not idea as unfortunately I did not meet Peter Wilhelm.

cvrlvr99
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posted 09-28-2015 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cvrlvr99   Click Here to Email cvrlvr99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll add my welcome to you to the SCOTW crew. Now I'm no longer the "newbie"! Maybe you can get your Barbarella cover signed by Jane Fonda who played Barbarella in the off-kilter movie!

Antoni RIGO
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posted 09-29-2015 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ray. And sorry if I remove your role as "newbie."

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