Aussat-A

(Selected)
Aussat / Optus
series

Optus-B
Aussat-AOptus-B

This page contains philatelic information on Aussat / Optus series. 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 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 (Mi887A)
i695 (Mi887B)

Imperforate
1989"Aussat-K3"
Comoro Islands695a (BL296A)
i695a (BL296B)
On stamp of SS1 (695)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i695)
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
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS11999Optus-B


Below is a list of Aussat / Optus-series 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 coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.110) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.111) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Rockwell International) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-27Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I launch; Aussat-A1 deployed; ASC-1 deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Hughes) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
United States1985-08-29
1985-09-09
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) deployed
Leasat-F4 (Syncom-4-4) failed
United States1985-08-31Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-51I first EVA (Leasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) recovered)
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Sticker and black printed) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed
United States1985-09-01Houston TX, Nassau Bay Branch(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed
United States1985-09-01
1985-10-27
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F3 (Syncom-4-3) repaired and deployed
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 States1985-11-26Greenbelt MD(Black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-61B launch
United States1985-11-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet (different) on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Houston TX(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27
1985-06-17
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Black printed) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
STS-51G launch; Morelos-1 deployed
United States1985-11-28Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-11-28Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-11-28Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-12-03Edwards AFB, CA(SSC) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-61B landing
United States1985-12-03Edwards AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-61B landing
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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