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)
ETS (on other than ETS launch covers)


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
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
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
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 regular cancels)(Zaso silk) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
Japan1982-09-03Tsukubagakuen (2 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 regular cancels)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverETS-3 launch
United States1982-09-03Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverETS-3 launch
1981-02-11: ETS-4 / Kiku-3
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (scenic and regular cancels)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (regular cancel, different)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (2 cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on coverETS-4 launch
Japan1981-02-11Tsukubagakuen (scenic and regular cancels)(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 (2 cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on cover, also insertETS-5 launch
Japan1987-08-27Minamitane (2 cancels)(Watanabe) cachet on cover, also insertETS-5 launch
Japan1987-08-27Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet on coverETS-5 launch
United States1987-08-27Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) 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
ETS (on other than ETS launch covers)
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Blue and red printed) cachet on Geosat-1 launch coverETS-3, and other unidentified satellites


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