DFS

DFS / Kopernikus
series


This page contains philatelic information on DFS (Deutscher Fernmelde Satellit) / Kopernikus 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)
DFS / Kopernikus (Germany) DFS / Kopernikus (Germany) DFS / Kopernikus (Germany)


Below is a list of DFS / Kopernikus series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
DFS / Kopernikus (Germany)
BoliviaBL203 (Mi1120C)On label in SS1 + label1993"Satelite de communicaciones 'Copernico' - Deutsche Aerospace" (DFS / Kopernikus)
BoliviaBL203 muestraBL203 with extra "muestra" perforations
Burkina Faso1024a (BL_E149A)
i1024a (BL_E149B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1024, Mi1359A)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1024, Mi1359B)
1995"Kopernicus" (DFS)
Burkina Faso1030a (BL_D153A)
i1030a (BL_D153B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1030, Mi1366A)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1030, Mi1366B)
"DFS-2"
Central African Republic941a (BL479A)
i941a (BL479B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (941)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i941)
1989"DFS / Kopernikus"
Central African Republic1105a (BL_B579A)
i1105a (BL_B579B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1105)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1105)
1996"DFS / Kopernikus"
Central African Republic1108b (BL_B580A)
i1108b (BL_B580B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1108)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1108)
1996"Kopernikus" (DFS)
Germany (Berlin)9N578 maxi (Mi? maxi)Maxicard, also back1989DFS (in maxicard image); Unknown/fantasy comsat (on stamp)
Germany1643 (Mi1527)1991"Deutscher Fernmeldesatellit Kopernikus" (DFS)
Germany1643 fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Germany1643 fdc2Stamp and (FIDACOS) cachet on FDC
Germany1643 maxi1Maxicard, also back
Germany1643 maxi2Maxicard (different), also back
Germany1643+France 2255 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Germany1642-1643 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC (Lollini cachet)
Germany1642-1643 folderFDC folder, also inside
Germany1642-1643 scSouvenir card
Germany1643 cinderella (Mi1527_cinderella)Cinderella SS1 (1643)1992"Deutscher Fernmeldesatellit Kopernikus" (DFS)
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1997"DFS"
GermanyNoneCancel (different) on cover"Deutscher Fernmeldesatellit Kopernikus"
Guinea Republic1237Ab (BL485)
i1237Ab
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1237A), gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1237A), gold foil
1992DFS / "Kopernikus"
Guinea Republic1257C (BL479A)
i1257C (BL479B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1993"DFS" / "Kopernikus"
Malagasy Republic1173Ht (BL243A)
i1173Ht (BL243B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1173H)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1173H)
1994DFS / "Kopernikus"
Malagasy Republic1173Kt (BL248A)
i1173Kt (BL248B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (1173K), gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1173K), gold foil
Malagasy Republic1255B (BL258A)
i1255B (BL258B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1994DFS / "Kopernikus"
Nicaragua1985a (Mi3292)One of MS16 (1985 (a-p)) (Mi3292-3307)1994"Satellite Copernicus" (DFS / Kopernikus)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
On stamp of SS1: stamp-on-stamp: Germany 1643
On stamp of imperforate SS1
2005"Deutscher Fernmeldesatellit Kopernikus" (DFS)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
ZaireMi1252A-1253A ms2
Mi1252B-1253B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1252A-1253A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1252B-1253B)
1996"Kopernikus-1" (DFS-1)


Below is a list of DFS / Kopernikus series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
DFS / Kopernikus (Germany)
1989-06-05: DFS-1 (and SuperBird-A)
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Purple printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDFS-1 launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Cyan printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverDFS-1 launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverDFS-1 launch
1990-07-24: DFS-2 (and TDF-2)
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Photo and printed) cachet on coverDFS-2 launch
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverDFS-2 launch
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Printed) cachet (different) on coverDFS-2 launch
1992-10-12: DFS-3
No launch cover images available yet


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