DFH-1

Dong Fang Hong (DFH)
series satellites

DFH-2 DFH-3
DFH-1DFH-2DFH-3

This page contains philatelic information on the Dong Fang Hong (DFH) series satellite. 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.

Note the similarity between China/PRC's DFH-1 and North Korea's KMS-1 (usually shown with a booster attached).

Because of the similarity between DFH-3 and BD-1, these two may be mis-identified.

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)
Dong Fang Hong (DFH)
(China/PRC)
Dong Fang Hong (DFH)
(China/PRC)
Dong Fang Hong (DFH)
(China/PRC)


Below is a list of Dong Fang Hong (DFH) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Dong Fang Hong (DFH) (China/PRC)
Benin1177c (Mi1186)One stamp and in (lower) selvedge of MS8 (1177 (a-h))1999"DFH-3" (on stamp), DFH-2 (on selvedge)
China (People's Republic)1382 (Mi1392)1978DFH-1
China (People's Republic)1383a (BL11)On one of MS3 (1381-1383)
China (People's Republic)2020 (Mi2046)1986DFH-1
China (People's Republic)2020 maxiMaxicard
China (People's Republic)2023 (Mi2049)(possible) DFH launch
China (People's Republic)2023 maxiMaxicard
China (People's Republic)2025 (Mi2051)DFH-2
China (People's Republic)2025 maxiMaxicard
China (People's Republic)2020+2022+2024 fdcOne of three stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamps); (also for DFH-2A-1 launch1 based on the date of the various cancels)
China (People's Republic)2020+2024+2025 fdcTwo of three stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)2021+2023+2025 fdcTwo of three stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC, also back
China (People's Republic)2021-2023 fdcOne of three stamps and cancel and (China National Philatelic Corporation) cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)2402 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC, also back1989DFH-3
China (People's Republic)Y863(10 yuan silver) coin1996DFH-1, DFH-3
China (People's Republic)3505d (Mi3764-3765)On one label and in (left) margin of MS8 (3505d (4x (3505 (a-b)) + 8 labels))2006DFH-1
China (People's Republic)P910(100 yuan) banknote, also reverse2015DFH-1
China (People's Republic)KM2096(10 yuan gold) coin reverse, also obverse2015DFH-1
GrenadaUnknown a (Mi?)One of strip of 2 (a-b), or 10 of MS20 (10x (a-b))2016DFH-1
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12007"Dong Fang Hong"-2
Guinea RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper) margin of MS3 (a-c)2007"DFH-3"
Korea (North)4888a (Mi5533)One of MS9 (4888 (a-i)) (Mi5533-5541)2009(possible) DFH-3 (but stamp issued for [failed] KMS-2 launch, in Korean text)
Korea (North)4900 (Mi5559-5565)On label2 of MS7 (4900 (a-g))2010(possible) DFH-3 (at upper-right)
Korea (North)4960 (BL795)In (upper-right) margin of SS12011DFH-3
Korea (North)5059_ms4
i5059_ms4
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (4x 5059)
Im (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (4x i5059)
2011DFH-3
Korea (North)5083 (BL843)In (upper-left) margin of SS12012DFH-3
Korea (North)5147 (BL857)
i5147
In (right) margin of of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
2012DFH-3
Korea (North)Unknown ss (BL908)On stamp of SS12016DFH-3
Niger952e (Mi1288)
i952e
One of MS6 (952 (a-f)) (Mi1284-1289)
One of imperforate MS6 (i952 (a-f))
1997DFH-3
Vietnam (North)619 (Mi648)1971DFH-1 launch (launch date in text)
Vietnam (North)620 (Mi649)

1DFH-2A-1 was launched on 1986-02-01 (as in the launch table below), the same date as the issue/FDC date on this set of stamps. The FDCs have scenic/launch cancels on the front and normal FDC cancels on the back, both with the same date.


Below is a list of Dong Fang Hong (DFH) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Dong Fang Hong (DFH) (China/PRC)
1970-04-23: DFH-1
United States1970-04-24Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed and type) cachet on coverDFH-1 launch
DFH-1 (anniversaries)
China (People's Republic)1995-04-24?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on cover25th anniv. launch
1986-02-01: DFH-2A-1
DFH-2A-1 was launched on 1986-02-01, the same date as the issue/FDC date for China/PRC 2020-2025 (as in the stamp table above)
1994-11-29: DFH-3-1
China (People's Republic)1994-11-30Sichuan (province), Mian Ning(Printed) cachet on coverDFH-3-1 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-11-30?(Two printed) cachets on coverDFH-3-1 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-11-30?(China Academy of Space Technology) cachet on coverDFH-3-1 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-11-30?(China Maritime Tracking and Control Center) cachet on coverDFH-3-1 launch
1997-05-12: DFH-3-2
China (People's Republic)1997-05-12Jiangsu (province)(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverDFH-3-2 launch
China (People's Republic)1997-05-12Sichuan (province), Mian Ning(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover, also backDFH-3-2 launch
DFH-3-2 (events)
China (People's Republic)1997-05-20Xi'an, Han Sen Road PO(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on covercongratulations on successful orbit positioning (in red Chinese text)


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