ERS

(ESA)
European Remote Sensing
(ERS) series satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the (ESA) ERS (European Remote Sensing) 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.

The European Space Agency (ESA) ERS series from the 1990s, should not be confused with the US Air Force (USAF) Environmental Remote Sensing (ERS) series of scientific/research satellites launched in the 1960s.

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)
ERS (ESA) ERS (ESA) ERS (ESA)
ERS (on other than ERS launch covers)


Below is a list of ERS-series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
ERS (ESA)
Australia1260a (BL14)In (upper) margin of MS3 (1258-1260)1992
Australia1260b (BL14l)In (upper) margin of 1260a overprinted
Austria1535 (Mi2026)1991"ERS-1"
Austria1535 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Austria1535 blackBlackprint
Chile1043 (Mi1549)1993
Chile1043 fdcStamp on FDC
Chile1043a (BL28)On stamp of SS1 (1043)
ChileNoneCachet on cover1999"ERS-2"
ChileNoneCachet on cover~1999"ERS-2"
Congo (Republic)961 (Mi1309)
i961

Imperforate
1992"ERS-1"
Congo (Republic)961b (BL89)
i961b
On stamp of SS1 (961)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i961)
Congo (Republic)962a (Mi1307+1309+1311)
i962a
MS3 (959+961-962)
Imperforate MS3 (i959+i961-i962)
Dominica1533 (Mi1631)1992
Germany1642 (Mi1526)1991"ERS-1"
Germany1642 fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
Germany1642 fdc2Stamp and (FIDACOS) cachet on FDC
Germany1642 maxiMaxicard
Germany1642-1643 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC (Lollini cachet)
Germany1642-1643 folderFDC folder, also inside
Germany1642-1643 scSouvenir card
Germany1642 cover (Mi1526 cover)Cancel and cachet on cover1992"ERS-1"
GermanyNoneCancel and cachet on cover1992"ERS-1"
GermanyNoneCancel and cachet on cover1997"ERS-2"
GermanyNoneCachet199?"ERS-1" ground station
GermanyNoneCancel2001
Gibraltar586 (Mi614)On all stamps and in (upper-left) margin of MS10 (586a (10x 586))1991
Gibraltar585-586 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel on FDC
Great Britain1374 fdc (Mi1337 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back1991
Guinea Republic1189 (Mi1340)1992"ERS-1"
Guinea Republic1189a (BL393)On stamp of SS1 (1189)
Guinea Republic1194b (Mi1340-1345)MS6 (1189-1194)
Jersey (Great Britain)559 (Mi539)1991"ERS-1"
Jersey (Great Britain)559-562 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Malagasy Republic969a (BL135)
i969a
In (right) margin of SS1 (969)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i969)
1990"ERS-1"
Malagasy Republic1416g (Mi?)
i1416g
One of MS9 (1416 (a-f + 3 labels))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
1999
Malagasy Republic1416gh (BL?)On stamp of SS1 (1416g)
Malagasy Republic1416a-1416i fdc (BL unlisted)One of nine stamps on FDC
Mali847 (Mi1672-1675)
i847
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (847 (a-d)) (Mi1672-1675)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (i847 (a-d))
1996"ERS-1"
NetherlandsNoneCachet (and meter) on postcard, text on back1991"first ERS" (ERS-1)
NetherlandsNoneMeter1992"ERS-1"
Niger843Fg (Mi1147A)
i843Fg (Mi1147B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (843F)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i843F)
1991ERS (not Lidar1 satellite)
Niger843Fg o/p1 (Mi1147A o/p1)In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 843Fg overprinted in silver1996ERS (not Lidar1 satellite)
Niger843Fg o/p2 (Mi1147A o/p2)In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 843Fg overprinted in gold
Norway989 (Mi1062)1991
Norway989-990 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel on FDC
Portugal (Madeira)151 (Mi147)One of MS4 (152 (2x (151, 152a)))1991"ERS-1"
Portugal (Madeira)151 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
Portugal (Madeira)151 maxiStamp and cancel on maxicard
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc (BL? fdc)
Unknown iss fdc
Cachet on SS1 FDC
Cachet on imperforate SS1 FDC
2006"ERS-1"; reproduction of Germany 1642 (in cachet)
San Marino1224 (Mi1466)1991"ERS-1"
Sweden1893a booklet (MH159)On cover of booklet of 6 (2x (1893a (1891-1893))) (Mi1663-1665)1991

1The ERS satellites did not carry a lidar instrument, and the stamp incorrectly refers to a "lidar satellite". The graphic above the satellite probably shows lidar returns (vertical axis) versus time (horizontal axis) obtained from a ground-based lidar instrument.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
ERS (ESA)
1991-07-16: ERS-1 (and OSCAR-22 and Tubsat-A and SARA and Orbcomm-X)
French Guiana1991-07-15Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Philatélie spatiale de Kourou) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet (different) on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(ESA) cachet on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Blue printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16Kourou(Green and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverERS-1 launch
French Guiana1991-07-16KourouPhoto and (blue rubber-stamp) cachet on postcardERS-1 launch
1995-04-20: ERS-2
French Guiana1995-04-20Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-20Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-20Kourou(Arianespace) cachet on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-20Kourou(SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-20Kourou(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverERS-2 launch
French Guiana1995-04-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverERS-2 launch
ERS (on other than ERS launch covers)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Insat-2A and Eutelsat-2-F4 launch coverERS-1/2 type


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