Eutelsat-1

(Selected)
Eutelsat
series

Eutelsat-2
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This page contains (selected) philatelic information on the Eutelsat 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.

The Eutelsat-1 series was also known as the European Communications Satellite (ECS) series.

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


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Eutelsat (ESA)
Burkina Faso1023a (BL149)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1023)1995"Eutelsat-2"
Central African Republic858a (BL422A)
i858a (BL422B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (858)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i858)
1987"ECS II" (Eutelsat-1-F2)
Central African Republic901a (BL452A)
i901a (BL452B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (901)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i901)
1987Eutelsat-2 ?
Central African Republic913b (BL458A)
i913b (BL458B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (913)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i913)
1989Eutelsat-1 ?
Central African Republic944a (BL482A)
i944a (BL482B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (944)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i944)
1989"ECS-4" (Eutelsat-1-F4)
Comoro Islands390 (Mi491)
i390

Imperforate
1978Eutelsat-1
Comoro Islands390a (BL188)
i390a
On stamp of SS1 (390)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i390)
Comoro Islands697 (Mi889A)
i697 (Mi889B)

Impeforate
1989"ECS-4" (Eutelsat-1-F4)
Comoro Islands697a (BL298A)
i697a (BL298B)
On stamp of SS1 (697)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i697)
Comoro Islands796Q (Mi?)697 overprinted1992?
Comoro Islands804I (Mi?)697 overprinted1992?
DjiboutiC234a (BL142A)
iC234a (BL142B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (C234)
In (upprt-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC234)
1987[E]"DRS" (Eutelsat-2, early-design)
DjiboutiC234a fdcSS1 on FDC
Faroe Islands173 (Mi155)1988Eutelsat-1
Faroe Islands173-174 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel on FDC
France1934 (Mi2450)1984Eutelsat-1
France1934 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
France1934 fdc2Stamp on FDC
France2109 (Mi2667)
i2109
From MS50 (2109a (50x 2109))
Imperforate
1988Eutelsat-1
France2109 fdc1Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
France2109 fdc2Stamp and (CEF) cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
France2109 fdc3Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
France2109 maxiMaxicard
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 with booklet pane of 102018Eutelsat-9B (with EDRS-A1 payload)
French GuianaNoneCachet on cover1984"ECS"
Guinea Republic949 (Mi1062A)
i949 (Mi1062B)

Imperforate
1985Eutelsat-1
Guinea Republic949a (BL172A)
i949a (BL172B)
On stamp of SS1 (949)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i949)
Guinea Republic1057a (BL284A)
i1057a (BL284B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1057)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1057)
1987ECS
Guinea Republic1103a (BL321A)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1103)1988"ECS-4" (Eutelsat-1-F4)
Guinea Republic1251 (BL466A)
i1251 (BL466B)
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1993"ECSC-2" (in text, but Olympus depicted)
Guinea Republic1267E (BL490)In (upper) margin of SS1, 1251 overprinted in gold1994"ECSC-2" (in text, but Olympus depicted)
Guinea RepublicBL880A
BL880B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4176A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4176B)
2005Eutelsat-2
Italy1839 (Mi2180)1991[E]"DRS" (Eutelsat-2)
Libya1307 (BL106)
i1307
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1986Eutelsat-1
Libya1491 (BL131)
i1491
In (upper-center) margin of SS1
In (upper-center) margin of imperforate SS1
1994Eutelsat-2
Libya1587 (BL146)In (upper-center) margin of SS11997Eutelsat-2
Luxembourg694 (Mi1079)1983"ECS"
Mali475 (Mi964)
i475

Imperforate
1983Eutelsat-1
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"SESAT" (Eutelsat-16C)
Monaco1495 (Mi1722)1985"Eutelsat"-1
Monaco1495 maxiMaxicard
Monaco1495 fdc1Stamp and (PJ) cachet on FDC
Monaco1495 fdc2Stamp and (CEF) cachet on FDC
Monaco1760 (Mi2009)From MS10 (1761a (5x (1760-1761))) (BL50)1991"Eutelsat"-2
Monaco1760 maxiMaxicard
Monaco1761a fdcMS10 on FDC
Monaco1761a scMS10 souvenir card
Monaco1760-1761 ds
i1760-i1761 ds
One of two stamps in deluxe sheet (1760-1761)
One of two stamps in imperforate deluxe sheet (i1760-i1761)
Netherlands650 (Mi1232)1983Eutelsat-1
Netherlands651 (Mi1233)
Portugal1859 (Mi1862)1991"Eutelsat-2"
Portugal1860 (BL78)MS4 (2x (1859+1860a)) (Mi1862-1864)
Portugal1859 fdcStamp on FDC
Portugal1859 maxiMaxicard
Portugal1860 fdcMS4 on FDC
Romania3650 (Mi4653)1991Eutelsat-1
Romania3650 cover (Mi4653 cover)Stamp on cover1991Eutelsat-1
Romania4185 (Mi5280)3650 overprinted in red1997Eutelsat-1
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"Eutelsat-25B" / "Es'hail-1" (and GSat-7 / Insat-4F)
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"Eutelsat"-25B / "Es'hail-1" (and "GSat-7" / Insat-4F)
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013Eutelsat-25B / Es'hail-1 (and "GSat-7" / "Insat-4F")
Yugoslavia2096 (Mi2476)1991(possible) Eutelsat-2
Yugoslavia2097 (Mi2477)(possible) Eutelsat-1

1EDRS is a data relay payload for the European Data Relay Satellite System (equivalent to TDRS).


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
(Selected) Eutelsat (ESA)
1983-06-16: Eutelsat-1-F1 (and OSCAR-10)
Ascension1983-06-16Ascension(ESA) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F1 launch
French Guiana1983-06-16Kourou(Europa FDC Service) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F1 launch
Kenya1983-06-16Malindi(Space Voyage) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F1 launch
1984-08-04: Eutelsat-1-F2 (and Télécom-1A)
France1984-08-04Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F2 launch
French Guiana1984-08-04Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F2 launch
French Guiana1984-08-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F2 launch
French Guiana1984-08-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverEutelsat-1-F2 launch
French Guiana1984-08-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverEutelsat-1-F2 launch
1985-09-12: Eutelsat-1-F3 (and Spacenet-3) [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Printed and blue rubber-stamp} cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
French Guiana1985-09-12Kourou(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on postcardEutelsat-1-F3 launch [failed]
1987-09-15: Eutelsat-1-F4 (and Aussat-A3)
French Guiana1987-09-15Kourou(ESA silk/Space Voyage red) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F4 launch [silk portion of cachet also found on this Muses-C cover]
1988-07-21: Eutelsat-1-F5 (and Insat-1C)
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
France1988-07-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
Netherlands1988-07-22NoordwijkMeter and (ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverEutelsat-1-F5 launch
1990-08-30: Eutelsat-2-F1 (and Skynet-4C)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Green and black rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverEutelsat-2-F1 launch (Meteosat depicted)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Printed) cachet on launch coverEutelsat-2-F1 launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on launch coverEutelsat-2-F1 launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on launch coverEutelsat-2-F1 launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverEutelsat-2-F1 launch
1991-01-15: Eutelsat-2-F2 (and Italsat-1)
French Guiana1991-01-15Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
French Guiana1991-01-15Kourou(?) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
French Guiana1991-01-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
French Guiana1991-01-15Kourou(Lollini multi-color) cachet on cover (black cancel)Eutelsat-2-F2 launch
French Guiana1991-01-15Kourou(Lollini multi-color and green rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on cover (red cancel)Eutelsat-2-F2 launch
France1991-01-16Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
France1991-01-16Nice(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
Gabon1991-01-15Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F2 launch
1991-12-07: Eutelsat-2-F3
United States1991-12-07Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F3 launch
1992-07-09: Eutelsat-2-F4 (and Insat-2A)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F4 launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F4 launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverEutelsat-2-F4 launch
1994-01-24: Eutelsat-2-F5 (and Turksat-1A)
French Guiana1994-01-24Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F5 launch
French Guiana1994-01-24Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-2-F5 launch
2002-08-28: Eutelsat-12-West-A (Atlantic Bird-1) (and MSG-1)
French Guiana2002-08-28Kourou(ESA) cachet on cover, also insertEutelsat-12-West-A (Atlantic Bird-1) launch
2003-09-27: Eutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) (and Insat-3E and SMART-1)
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Eutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet (same) on cover (red cancel)Eutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Arianespace) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
France2003-09-28Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
France2003-09-28Nice(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
Gabon2003-09-28Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-33A/31A (eBird-1) launch
2015-03-02: Eutelsat-115-West-B (and ABS-3A)
United States2015-03-01Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-115-West-B launch ("Eutelsat-116-West-B" in text)
2016-06-15: Eutelsat-117-West-B (and ABS-2A)
United States2016-06-15Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverEutelsat-117-West-B launch
Eutelsat (on other than Eutelsat launch covers)
Australia2003-05-09Uchinoura, Kagoshima(Silk) cachet on Muses-C launch coverEutelsat-1-F4 (and Aussat-A3)


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