Freja

Freja, Viking, and Oersted
(and other Scandinavian satellites)

(Swedish) Viking
Freja(Swedish) Viking

This page contains philatelic information on the Scandinavian Freja, Viking, and Oersted (and other Scandinavian 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.

See also Ørsted, Hans Christian (1777 - 1851) in the Contributors to Meteorology pages.

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)
Viking (Sweden) Viking (Sweden) Viking (Sweden)
Freja (Sweden) Freja (Sweden) Freja (Sweden)
Astrid (Sweden) Astrid (Sweden) Astrid (Sweden)
Oersted (Denmark) Oersted (Denmark) Oersted (Denmark)
Munin (Sweden) Munin (Sweden) Munin (Sweden)
Odin (Sweden) Odin (Sweden) Odin (Sweden)
PRISMA (Sweden) PRISMA (Sweden) PRISMA (Sweden)


Below is a list of Freja, Viking, and Oersted (and other Scandinavian satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Viking1 (Sweden)
Guyana3504d (Mi6967)
i3504d
One of MS6 (3504 (a-f)) (Mi6964-6969)
One of imperforate MS6 (i3504 (a-f))
2000"Viking"
Guyana3504 fdcMS6 on FDC
Sweden1514 (Mi1305)1984"Viking"
Sweden1514 maxiStamp and cancel on maxicard
Sweden1514-1515 fdc1One of two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC, also insert
Sweden1514-1515 fdc2One of two stamps and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
SwedenNoneMeter1986"Viking"
Freja (Sweden)
Sweden1892 (Mi1664)One of booklet pane of 3 (1893a (1891-1893)), with booklet cover, and booklet interior (1893b (2x 1893a)) (MH159, Mi1663-1665)1991"Freja"
Sweden1893a fdcBooklet pane of 3 on FDC
Sweden1893a folderInside of folder (2x (1893a (1891-1893)))
Sweden1893a blackBlackprint
Astrid (Sweden)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Oersted (Denmark)
ChadUnknown ms fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC2008Oersted (smaller of the two satellites)
Denmark1143 (Mi1203)1999"Oersted"
Munin (Sweden)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Odin (Sweden)
Guinea RepublicMi5840A
Mi5840B
One stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS6 (Mi5838A-5843A)
One stamp and in (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS6 (Mi5838B-5843B)
2008"Odin"
Guinea RepublicMi5838A-5843A_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Prototype Research Instruments and Space Mission technology Advancement (PRISMA) (Sweden)
Comoro Islands795b (BL378)
i795b
In (center-left) margin of SS1 (795)
In (center-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i795)
1992"PRISMA" (early-design2)

1The Swedish Viking from 1986 should not be confused with two much-earlier USA Viking planetary missions, both of which were launched in 1975.
2An early design, from before PRISMA was built and launched.


Below is a list of Freja, Viking, and Oersted (and other Scandinavian satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1986-02-22: Viking1 (Sweden) (and SPOT-1)
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Aérospatiale philatélie) cachet on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Swedish Space Corp.) cachet on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on cover(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale?) cachet on card(Swedish) Viking launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale?) cachet (slightly different) on card(Swedish) Viking launch
1992-10-06: Freja (Sweden) (and FSW-1-4)
China (People's Republic)1992-10-05
1992-10-06
?(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverFreja launch
China (People's Republic)1992-10-06?(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverFreja launch
Astrid (Sweden)
1995-01-24: Astrid-1 (and Tsikada-1 and Faisat-1)
No launch cover images available yet
1998-12-10: Astrid-2 (and Nadezhda-5)
No launch cover images available yet
1999-02-23: Oersted (Denmark) (and ARGOS and OSCAR-35)
United States1999-02-23Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(JM) cachet on coverOersted launch
2000-11-21: Munin (Sweden) (and EO-1 and SAC-C)
United States2000-11-21Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Printed) cachet on coverMunin launch
2001-02-20: Odin (Sweden)
No launch cover images available yet
2010-06-15: PRISMA (Sweden) (and Picard and BPA-1)
French Guiana2010-06-15Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverPRISMA launch
Russia2010-06-15Korolev, Moscow Oblast(Printed) cachet on coverPRISMA launch (Picard depicted)

1The Swedish Viking from 1986 should not be confused with two much-earlier USA Viking planetary missions, both of which were launched in 1975.


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