Helios-1A

(French)
Helios-series
satellites

Helios-2A
Helios-1AHelios-2A

This page contains philatelic information on the (French) Helios-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 French Helios-series, the first of which was launched in 1995, should not be confused with the West Germany Helios-series from the 1970s.

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)
Helios
(France)
Helios
(France)
Helios
(France)


Below is a list of (French) Helios-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Helios (France)
FranceNoneMeter, also annotated2001Helios-1
Gambia2269a (Mi3704)
i2269a
One of MS6 (2269 (a-f)) (Mi3704-3709)
One of imperforate MS6 (i22691 (a-f))
2000"Helios French Satellite"
Gambia2269a essayOne of MS6 (2269 imperforate essay (a-f))
Gambiai2269 fdc1MS6 on FDC
MalawiUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Helios"

1The Gambia imperforate i2269 (also seen in i2269 fdc) does not perfectly match the perforated version 2269, but rather is quite similar to the essay 2269 essay. The authors believe that the perforated version 2269 includes the final design of these sheets that was actually issued.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Helios (France)
1995-07-07: Helios-1A (and CERISE and UPM-LBSat)
French Guiana1995-07-07Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverHelios-1A launch
French Guiana1995-07-07Kourou(Kourou Philatélie Spatiale?) cachets on coverHelios-1A launch
French Guiana1995-07-07Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverHelios-1A launch
French Guiana1995-07-07Kourou(Daimler-Benz Aerospace) cachet on coverHelios-1A launch
1999-12-03: Helios-1B (and Clementine)
French Guiana1999-12-03Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverHelios-1B launch
French Guiana1999-12-03Kourou(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverHelios-1B launch
2004-12-18: Helios-2A (and PARASOL and Essaim-1/4 and Nanosat-01)
French Guiana2004-12-18?Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverHelios-2A launch
French Guiana2004-12-18Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverHelios-2A launch
French Southern and Antarctic Territories2004-12-18Port aux Français, Îles Kerguelen(Printed) cachet on coverHelios-2A launch
French Southern and Antarctic Territories2004-12-18Port aux Français, Îles Kerguelen(Printed) cachet (different) on coverHelios-2A launch
2009-12-18: Helios-2B
France2009-12-18Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Kourou Philatélie Spatiale) cachet on coverHelios-2B launch
French Guiana2009-12-18Kourou(Philatélie Arianespace) cachet on coverHelios-2B launch


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