Astro-A / Hinotori

Astro-series
satellites

Astro-F / Akari
Astro-A / HinotoriAstro-F / Akari

This page contains philatelic information on the Astro-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.

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)
Astro (Japan) Astro (Japan) Astro (Japan)
Astro (on other than Astro launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Astro (Japan)
Angola1107d (Mi1433)One of MS6 (1107 (a-f)) (Mi1430-1435)1999Astro-C / "Ginga"
Central African RepublicBL978On stamp of SS12012Astro-F / "Akari"
Central African RepublicBL978 fdcSS1 on FDC
Gabon514 (Mi831)In (upper-right) corner1982Astro-A / Hinotori
Gabon514 proofSigned proof
Gambia2268d (Mi3701)From MS6 (2268 (a-f))2000"Astro-E" / Suzaku
Gambia2268d essayFrom MS6 (2268 imperforate essay (a-f))
Great BritainNoneCancel2007Astro-F / Akari / IRIS
Guinea RepublicBL1598A
BL1598B
On stamp (Mi5970) of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
2008"Astro-E" / Suzaku
Guinea RepublicBL1598A misperfMis-perforated
Guinea RepublicBL1598A fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1679On stamp (Mi6518) of SS12009"Astro-F" / Akari / IRIS
Guinea-BissauMi4496A
Mi4496B
One of MS5 (Mi4492A-4496A)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi4492B-4496B)
2009"Astro-F" / "Akari" / IRIS
Guinea-BissauMi4492A-4496A_ms5 fdcMS5 on FDC
Guinea-BissauBL733A
BL733B
On stamp (Mi4497) of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Guinea-BissauBL733A fdcSS1 on FDC
Japan3017d (Mi4470)One of strip of 2 (3017c-d), or one of MS10 (3017 (a-j))2008Astro-E2 / Suzaku
Niger843Bc (BL78A)
i843Bc (BL78B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (843B)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i843B)
1991Astro-C / "Ginga"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Astro (Japan)
1981-02-21: Astro-A / Hinotori
United States1981-02-20Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverAstro-A launch
United States1981-02-20Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-A launch
Japan1981-02-21Uchinoura (scenic and regular cancels)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-A launch
Japan1981-02-21Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-A launch
Japan1981-02-21Uchinoura (scenic and regular cancels)(Zaso silk) cachet on coverAstro-A launch
1983-02-20: Astro-B / Tenma
Japan1983-02-20Uchinoura (scenic and regular cancels)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-B launch
1987-02-05: Astro-C / Ginga
Japan1987-02-05Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-C launch
Japan1987-02-05Uchinoura (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverAstro-C launch
Spain1987-02-05Madrid(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-C launch
1993-02-20: Astro-D / ACSA / Asuka
Japan1993-02-20Uchinoura (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAstro-D launch
Astro-D / ACSA / Asuka (events)
Japan1993-11-20Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverEnd of performance evaluation period and beginning of operations
2000-02-10: Astro-E [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
2005-07-10: Astro-E2 / Suzaku
No launch cover images available yet
2006-02-21: Astro-F / Akari / IRIS (and OSCAR-56)
No launch cover images available yet
2016-02-17: Astro-H / Hitomi / NeXT (and Horyu-4 and ChubuSat-2 and ChubuSat-3)
No launch cover images available yet
Astro (on other than Astro launch covers)
Japan1977-09-14Uchinoura(JapanCover no.96) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverX-ray/UV astronomy mission "as preliminary test for the coming launch of [the] 7th scientific satellite" (which was Astro-A/Hinotori)


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