FY-1

FY-1 series
and FY-3 series
satellites

FY-3A
FY-1FY-3A

This page contains philatelic information on the FY-1 and FY-3 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 Chinese FY-1 and FY-3 series are polar-orbiting weather satellites; whereas the FY-2 and FY-4 series are geostationary weather satellites.

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)
FY-1 and FY-3 (China/PRC) FY-1 (China/PRC) FY-1 (China/PRC)
FY-1 (on other than FY-1 launch covers)
FY-3 (China/PRC) FY-3 (China/PRC)


Below is a list of FY-1 and FY-3 series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
FY-1 (China/PRC)
Benin1177 selvedge (Mi1184-1191 selvedge)On (lower-right) selvedge of MS8 (1177 (a-h))1999FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostcard1997FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front1999FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back (different), also front1999"FY-1B" composite visible image
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card (different)1999FY-1C launch
China (People's Republic)3066 (Mi3194)2000FY-1
China (People's Republic)3066 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
China (People's Republic)3066-3069 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
China (People's Republic)NoneTwo cancels on postal card2000FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card (same design as 3066)2001FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2001FY-1
China (People's Republic)None(New Year) postal card2002FY-1
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2002FY-1
China (People's Republic)3505b+label (Mi3765+label)One of four different labels associated with pair (3505 (a-b)), or two of eight labels associated with MS8 (3505c (4x (3505 (a-b)) + 8 labels))2006FY-1
Korea (North)3607a (Mi3908-3909)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (2x (3607-3608))1997FY-1
FY-3 (China/PRC)
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"FY-3C"
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"FY-3C"


Below is a list of FY-1 and FY-3 series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
FY-1 (China/PRC)
1990-09-03: FY-1B
China (People's Republic)1990-09-03?(Printed) cachet on cover, also back FY-1B launch (FY-1A launch mentioned, with its launch date, in the text)
1999-05-10: FY-1C (and SJ-5)
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Printed) cachet on coverFY-1C launch
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Printed) cachet (different) on coverFY-1C launch
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverFY-1C launch
2002-05-15: FY-1D (and HY-1)
China (People's Republic)2002-05-15?(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover, also backFY-1D launch
FY-1 (on other than FY-1 launch covers)
China (People's Republic)1994-04-02?Back of FY-2A accident/explosion cover, also cover front"Feng Yun-1" (in text)
China (People's Republic)1999-10-14?(Printed) cachet on ZY-1-01 and SACI-1 launch coverFY-1
FY-3 (China/PRC)
2008-05-27: FY-3A
United States2008-05-26Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverFY-3A launch
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?Cancel and (printed) cachet on coverFY-3A launch; "commemorating the launch control at sea of the FY-3 meteorological satellite"
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on cover FY-3A launch
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?Cancel and (printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverFY-3A launch (ZY-1 depicted)
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?Cancel (different) and (printed) cachet on coverFY-3A launch (ZY-1 depicted)
2010-11-04: FY-3B
China (People's Republic)2010-11-05?(Printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverFY-3B launch
China (People's Republic)2010-11-05?(Printed) cachet on coverFY-3B launch
2013-09-23: FY-3C
China (People's Republic)2013-09-23?(Printed) cachet on coverFY-3C launch


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