ETS-2

ETS / Kiku
series

ETS-7
ETS-2 / Kiku-2ETS-7 / Kiki-7

This page contains philatelic information on the Engineering Test Satellite (ETS) / Kiku 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)
ETS / Kiku
(Japan)
ETS / Kiku
(Japan)
ETS / Kiku
(Japan)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Engineering Test Satellite (ETS) / Kiku (Japan)
Cambodia874 (Mi952)1988ETS-5
DjiboutiC234a (BL142)
iC234a
In (center-right) margin of SS1 (C234)
In (center-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC234)
1987"ETS-5"
DjiboutiC234a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL417A
BL417B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1992"ETS-6"
JapanNonePhonecard1992"Engineering Test Satellites-5" / "Kiku-5", "Engineering Test Satellite-6"
Malagasy Republic1050 (Mi1350A)
i1050 (Mi1350B)
One of MS6 (1050a (1045-1050)) (Mi1345-1350)1992"ETS-6"
Malagasy Republic1050b (BL181A)
i1050b (BL181B)
On stamp of SS1 (1050)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1050)
Mali855a (BL_D98A)
i855a (BL_D98B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (855)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i855)
1996"Kiku-5"
Mali856 (BL99A)
i856 (BL99B)
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
"ETS-6"
ZaireMi1250A-1251A ms2
Mi1250B-1251B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1250A-1251A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1250B-1251B)
1996"Kiku-5"
ZaireBL90A
BL90B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
"ETS-6"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Engineering Test Satellite (ETS) / Kiku (Japan)
1975-09-09: ETS-1 / Kiku-1
Japan1975-09-09Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(JapanCover no.59) cachet on coverETS-1 launch
1977-02-23: ETS-2 / Kiku-2
Japan1977-02-23Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverETS-2 launch
Japan1977-02-23Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Printed and typed) cachet on coverETS-2 launch
Japan1977-02-23Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(JapanCover no.79) cachet on coverETS-2 launch (Shinsei depicted)
Japan
United States
1977-02-23
1977-12-14
Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)
Cape Canaveral FL
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverETS-2 launch
CS-1 launch
1982-09-03: ETS-3 / Kiku-4
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (scenic and Japanese-text cancels)(Zaso silk) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (Japanese-text and English-text cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet (different) on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(JPS Space Stamp Club) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (scenic and Japanese-text cancels)(Space Voyage blue and green) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (English-text cancel)(Space Voyage blue and cyan) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
United States1982-09-03Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage blue and purple) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
1981-02-11: ETS-4 / Kiku-3
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (scenic and Japanese-text cancels)(Space Voyage green and magenta) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (English-text cancel)(Space Voyage brown and orange) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (Japanese-text and English-text cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (scenic and Japanese-text cancels)(Zaso silk) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (English-text cancel)(Zaso silk) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(JPS Space Stamp Club) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
1987-08-27: ETS-5 / Kiku-5
Japan1987-08-27Tsukubagakuen (Japanese-text and English-text cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on cover, also insertETS-5 launch
Japan1987-08-27Minamitane (Japanese-text and English-text cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on cover, also insertETS-5 launch
Japan1987-08-27Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage brown and orange) cachet on coverETS-5 launch
United States1987-08-27Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage blue and orange) cachet on coverETS-5 launch
1994-08-28: ETS-6 / Kiku-6 [failed]
Japan1994-08-28Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverETS-6 launch [failed]
Japan1994-08-28Tsukubagakuen(Watanabe) cachet (different) on coverETS-6 launch [failed]
1997-11-27: ETS-7 / Kiku-7 (Orihime and Hikoboshi, and TRMM)
Japan1997-11-28Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverETS-7 launch
2006-12-18: ETS-8 / Kiku-8
United States2006-12-18Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(NORAD printed) cachet on coverETS-8 launch


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