Aussat-A

(Selected)
Aussat / Optus-series
satellites

Optus-B
Aussat-AOptus-B

This page contains philatelic information on Aussat / Optus 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)
(Selected) Aussat (Australia) (Selected) Aussat (Australia) Aussat (Australia)
Aussat (on other than Aussat launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Aussat / Optus (Australia)
Australia972 (Mi956)1986"Aussat"
Australia973 (Mi957)
Australia972-973 fdcTwo stamps and (Wesley) cachet on FDC
Central African Republic894a (BL443A)
i894a (BL443B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (894)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i894)
1987Aussat-K3 (not "Assat-K3" as in text)
Comoro Islands695 (Mi887)1989"Aussat-K3"
Comoro Islands695a (BL296)On stamp of SS1 (695)
Guinea Republic2258 (BL835)
i2258
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Hughes-HS601" (Optus-B)
Guinea RepublicBL881A
BL881B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4177A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4177B)
2005Optus-D1


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
(Selected) Aussat / Optus (Australia)
1985-08-27: Aussat-A1 (with Leasat-F4 and ASC-1 and Leasat-F3 repair from STS-27 (51I))
United States1985-08-27Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverAussat-A1 deployed, ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverAussat-A1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverAussat-A1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.110) cachet on coverAussat-A1 deployed, ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.111) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) repair
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAussat-A1 deployed, ASC-1 deployed, Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-4) deployed, Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repair
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Rockwell International) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backAussat-A1 deployed, ASC-1 deployed, Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-4) deployed, Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repair
United States1985-08-27Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) repair
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) repair
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Hughes) cachet on cover2Leasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on cover2Leasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29
1985-09-09
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) stranded
Leasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) failed
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Printed) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repair
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repair
United States1985-09-01
1985-10-27
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repair
Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) operational
United States1985-09-03Edwards CA(Zaso silk/IASP no.112) cachet on coverSTS-51I landing
1985-11-26: Aussat-A2 (with Morelos-2 and Satcom-Ku2 and OEX-Target from STS-31 (61B))
United States1985-11-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverMorelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverAussat-A2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverAussat-A2 deployed
United States1985-11-28Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
1987-09-15: Aussat-A3 (and Eutelsat-1-F4)
French Guiana1987-09-15Kourou(ESA silk/Space Voyage red) cachet on coverAussat-A3 launch [silk portion of cachet also found on this Muses-C cover]
1992-08-13: Optus-B1
China (People's Republic)1992-08-14?(Blue printed) cachet on coverOptus-B1 launch
China (People's Republic)1992-08-14?(Sichuan Liangshan Stamp Company) cachet on coverOptus-B1 launch
1992-12-21: Optus-B2 [failed]
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21Xichang, Sichuan(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverOptus-B2 launch [failed]
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21Xichang, Sichuan?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverOptus-B2 launch [failed]
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21Xichang, Sichuan?(China Aerospace News) cachet on coverOptus-B2 launch [failed]
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21?(China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General) cachet on coverOptus-B2 launch [failed]
China (People's Republic)1992-12-21?(Sichuan Liangshan Stamp Company) cachet on coverOptus-B2 launch [failed]
1994-08-27: Optus-B3
China (People's Republic)1994-08-28Xichang, Sichuan?(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverOptus-B3 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-08-28Xichang, Sichuan?(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets (both different) on coverOptus-B3 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-08-28?(China Great Wall Industry Corporation) cachet on coverOptus-B3 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-08-28?(China Satellite Maritime Tracking and Control Center) cachet on coverOptus-B3 launch
2007-10-05: Optus-D2 (and Intelsat-11)
French Guiana2007-10-05Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverOptus-D2 launch
Aussat (on other than Aussat launch covers)
Australia2003-05-09Uchinoura, Kagoshima(Silk) cachet on Muses-C launch coverAussat-A3 (and Eutelsat-1-F4)


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