Astra-1A

(Selected)
Astra-series
satellites

Astra-1B Astra-2D
Astra-1AAstra-1BAstra-2D

This page contains philatelic information on Astra series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

SES (Société Européenne des Satellites), which operates the Astra-series, also operates the SES-series communications satellites.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
(Selected) Astra
(Luxembourg)
(Selected) Astra
(Luxembourg)
Astra
(Luxembourg)
Astra (on other than Astra launch covers)


Below is a list of Astra-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Astra (Luxembourg)
BurundiBL493In (upper-right) margin of SS12014"Astra-5B"
Central African RepublicBL460A
BL460B
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1989"Astra"-1A
Central African Republic897a (BL446A)
i897a (BL446B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (897)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i897)
1987"Astra"-1A
Central African Republic943a (BL481A)
i943a (BL481B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (943)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i943)
1989"Astra"-1A
Chad691a (BL?, Mi1416)
i691a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (691)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i691)
1996"Astra" (in text, but Galaxy-4/7 type depicted)
Comoro Islands648a (BL247)
i648a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (648)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i648)
1988Astra-1A
Congo (Democratic Republic)BL590In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (Mi2141)2014"Astra-3B"
FranceNone1+label1On label with (Historiaphil) private post stamp2012Astra-2F launch (with launch date)
FranceNone2+label2On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone3+label3On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone4+label4On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
Guinea Republic1018 (Mi1135A)
i1018 (Mi1135B)
1986(possible) Astra-1A
Guinea Republic1018a (BL242A)
i1018a (BL242B)
On stamp of SS1 (1018)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1018)
Guinea Republic1037 (Mi1157)1987(possible) Astra-1A
Guinea Republic1037b (BL264)On stamp of SS1 (1037)
Guinea Republic1039a (Mi1154-1159)On one of MS6 (1039a (1034-1039))
Guinea Republic1152 (BL360A)
i1152 (BL360B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1991"Astra"-1A
Guinea Republic2254 (BL832)
i2254
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Astra-2B"
Guinea Republic2254 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2256 (BL831)
i2256
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
"Astra-1H"
Guinea Republic2256 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2259 (BL836)
i2259
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
"Astra-2C"
Luxembourg802 (Mi1218)1989"Astra"-1A
Luxembourg802 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Luxembourg851 (Mi1271)1991(Two) Astra-1A(s)
Luxembourg851-852 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC, also back
Malagasy Republic978B (BL145A)
i978B (BL145B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1990"Astra"-1A
Malagasy Republic1335 (BL272A)
i1335 (BL272B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1997Astra-1B (or Intelsat-K) (not "TDF-1", as in text)
Malagasy Republic1337a (BL_B272A)
i1337a (BL_B272B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1337)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1337)
Astra-1B (or Intelsat-K) (not "Eutelsat-2-F3", as in text)
Malagasy Republic1338a (BL_C272A)
i1338a (BL_C272B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1338)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1338)
"Astra-1B" (in text, but HotBird-1 depicted)
Malagasy Republic1340 (BL273A)
i1340 (BL273B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
Astra-1B (or Intelsat-K) (not "TDF-2", as in text)
Mali884a (BL_A95A)
i884a (BL_A95B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (884)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i884)
1998Astra-1B (or Intelsat-K) (not "TDF-2", as in text)
Niger910a (BL?, Mi1223)
i910a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (910)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i910)
1996"Astra" (in text, but Galaxy-4/7 type depicted)
Niger919 (BL85)
i919
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1996"Astra-1E"
Niger1071c (Mi1885)
i1071c
One of MS4 (1071 (a-d)) (Mi1883-1886)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1071 (a-d))
2001"Astra-1H"
Romania4758 fdc (Mi5992 fdc)Cachet on FDC2005Astra-1B (or Intelsat-K)
ZaireMi1177A-1180A_ms4
Mi1177B-1180B_ms4
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (Mi1177A-1180A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi1177B-1180B)
1996"Astra-1A" (in text, but Astra-1B or Intelsat-K depicted)


Below is a list of Astra-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
(Selected) Astra (Luxembourg)
1988-12-11: Astra-1A (and Skynet-4B)
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Red and black and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Red and black and green rubber-stamp) cachets on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Space Medal Cover) cachet on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(MBB-ERNO Philatelie) cachet on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Lollini red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-1A launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Kourou Philatélie Spatiale?) cachet on cardAstra-1A launch
Germany (West)1988-12-11none(Printed) cachet on launch cardAstra-1A launch
1991-03-02: Astra-1B (and Meteosat-5)
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Kourou Philatélie Spatiale) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch (Astra-1C depicted)
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverAstra-1B launch
1993-05-12: Astra-1C (and OSCAR-24)
French Guiana1993-05-11Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-1C launch (SPOT depicted)
1994-10-31: Astra-1D
French Guiana1994-10-31Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-1D launch
1995-10-19: Astra-1E
French Guiana1995-10-18Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-1E launch
2000-09-14: Astra-2B (and GE-7)
French Guiana2000-09-14Kourou(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-2B launch
2000-12-20: Astra-2D (and GE-8 and LDREX-1)
French Guiana2000-12-19Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverAstra-2D launch
2002-03-29: Astra-3A (and JCSat-8)
French Guiana2002-03-28Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverAstra-3A launch
2007-05-04: Astra-1L (and Galaxy-17)
French Guiana2007-05-03Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverAstra-1L launch
French Guiana2007-05-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-1L launch
2010-05-21: Astra-3B (and Comsat-Bw-2)
French Guiana2010-05-21Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverAstra-3B launch
2011-08-06: Astra-1N (and BSat-3c/JCSat-110R)
French Guiana2011-08-06Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverAstra-1N launch
2012-09-28: Astra-2F (and GSat-10)
French Guiana2012-09-28Kourou(Historiaphil) cachet on coverAstra-2F launch
French Guiana2012-09-28Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverAstra-2F launch
2014-03-22: Astra-5B (and Amazonas-4A)
France2014-03-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-5B launch
French Guiana2014-03-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverAstra-5B launch
French Guiana2014-03-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverAstra-5B launch
French Guiana2014-03-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverAstra-5B launch
French Guiana2014-03-22Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverAstra-5B launch
2017-11-12: Astra-5A / formerly Sirius-2
French Guiana2017-11-12Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverAstra-5B (formerly Sirius-2) launch
Astra (on other than Astra launch covers)
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21Xichang, Sichuan(Multi-color printed) cachet on Optus-B2 launch [failed] coverAstra-1C


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