Australian SPARTA Covers


This table represents event covers released for the SPARTA series of rocket launches from the Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia. There two types of covers. Commemorative covers with an Adelaide postmark and launch covers with a Woomera postmark. Covers with a Woomera are amoungst the rarest of a;; Australian launch covers and quite valuable with covers with an Adelaide postmark are much less valuable.

Designation Type Postmark Station Description Rarity
SPARTA 1 - 28 November 1966  
SPA-01a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range Black & Orange - Soldier & Aboriginal 1
SPA-01b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight. 4
SPARTA 2 - 14 December 1966  
SPA-02a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range Orange - Rocket launch 1
SPA-02b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only NOT BELIEVED TO EXIST 0
SPARTA 3 - 20 April 1967  
SPA-03a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range Blue - Rocket launch 1
SPA-03b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight. 4
SPARTA 4 - 5 July 1967  
SPA-04a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range NOT SEEN 0
SPA-04b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight - Airmail Envelope. 4
SPARTA 5 - 25 July 1967  
SPA-05a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range NOT SEEN 0
SPA-05b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight. 4
SPARTA 6 - 18 August 1967  
SPA-06a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range Aerogram with Weapons Research Establishment cachet 1
SPA-06b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight. 4
SPA-06c Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range McDonell cover with Weapons Research Establishment cachet 4
SPARTA 7 - 16 September 1967  
SPA-07a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range NOT SEEN 0
SPA-07b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight - Airmail Envelope. 4
SPA-07c Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range McDonell cover with Weapons Research Establishment cachet 4
SPARTA 8 - 12 October 1967  
SPA-08a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range Grey - Rocket launch 1
SPA-08b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight - Airmail Envelope. 4
SPA-08c Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range McDonell cover with Weapons Research Establishment cachet. Includes stickon drawing of rocket on launch pad 4
SPARTA 9 - 1 November 1967  
SPA-09a Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range NOT SEEN 0
SPA-09b Commem Adelaide Commemorative Only Red - Rocket in flight. 4
SPA-09c Launch Woomera Woomera Rocket Range NOT SEEN 0
WRESAT - Often called SPARTA 10 - See separate page

 

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