CAT-1

Capsule Ariane Technologique
(CAT) series satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Capsule Ariane Technologique (CAT) 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)
CAT
(ESA)
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Below is a list of CAT series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Capsule Ariane Technologique (CAT) (ESA)
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014CAT-1 launch (with launch date)
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown a proof
Unknown ia proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof
BeninUnknown ms proofOne of MS4 signed-proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof on FDC


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Capsule Ariane Technologique (CAT) (ESA)
1979-12-24: CAT-1
France1979-12-24Paris(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverCAT-1 launch
French Guiana1979-12-24Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverCAT-1 launch
French Guiana1979-12-24Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet (slightly dffierent, and signature) on coverCAT-1 launch
French Guiana1979-12-24Kourou(CPK?) cachet on cardCAT-1 launch
French Guiana1979-12-24Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverCAT-1 launch
United States1979-12-24Greenbelt MD(GFSC NASCOM Network) cachet on coverCAT-1 launch
1980-05-23: CAT-2 (and Firewheel and Amsat-P3A) [failed]
French Guiana1980-05-23Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverCAT-2 launch [failed]
French Guiana1980-05-23Kourou(MBB) cachet on coverCAT-2 launch [failed]
French Guiana1980-05-23Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Space Voyage) cachet on coverCAT-2 launch [failed]
Germany (West)1980-05-23Garching(CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverCAT-2 launch [failed]
Germany (West)1980-05-23Darmstadt(Lollini/Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverCAT-2 launch [failed]
1981-06-19: CAT-3 (and APPLE and Meteosat-2)
France1981-06-19Paris(Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet (different) on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ESA rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ESTEC) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Aérospatiale) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet (and signature) on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet (different, and signature) on coverCAT-3 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ERNO) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
Germany (West)1981-06-19Darmstadt(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
India1981-06-19Bangalore(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
South Africa1981-06-19Pretoria(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
United States1981-06-19Greenbelt MD(GFSC NASCOM Network) cachet on coverCAT-3 launch
1981-12-20: CAT-4 (and Marecs-1)
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Gruppo Filatelico) cachet on coverCAT-4 launch
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverCAT-4 launch
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Marconi) cachet on cover, also backCAT-4 launch
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverCAT-4 launch


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