GMS

GMS, MTSat,
and Himawari series

MTSat-1
GMSMTSat-1

This page contains philatelic information on the GMS (Geostationary Meteorological Satellite) series, the MTSat (Multi-functional Transport SATellite) series, and the Himawari 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 GMS and MTSat series are also known as Himawari.

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)
GMS (Japan) GMS (Japan) GMS (Japan)
MTSat (Japan) MTSat (Japan) MTSat (Japan)
Himawari (Japan) Himawari (Japan) Himawari (Japan)


Below is a list of GMS, MTSat, and Himawari series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
GMS / Himawari (Japan)
Chad708b (Mi1506A)
i708b (Mi1506B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (708 (a-f)) (Mi1505A-1510A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i708 (a-f)) (Mi1505B-1510B)
1997"GMS-1" (in selvedge text)
China (Taiwan)2222 (Mi1374)1981
China (Taiwan)2221-2222 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
China (Taiwan)2221-2222 folderOne of two stamps (not shown in image) in FDC folder
JapanNonePostal card1983
Japan1564 (Mi1588)1984
Japan1564 mihon1564 overprinted "mihon"
Japan1564 sc mihonSouvenir card (1564) overprinted "mihon"
Japan1564 fdc1Cancel and cachet on FDC
Japan1564 fdc2Cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan1564 fdc3Cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
JapanNoneCachet on cover1985
JapanNonePhonecard1992"Geostationary Meteorological Satellite-5" / "Himawari-5"
Korea (South)1572 (Mi1614)Also booklet of 41990
Korea (South)1572 fdcStamp on FDC
Korea (South)2020 (Mi2087)From MS20 (2020a (20x 2020)); also booklet of 102000
Korea (South)2020 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC
Korea (South)2020 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (different)
Korea (South)2020 scSouvenir card (2020)
Maldive Islands1575 (Mi1595)1991"GMS-5"
Niger1075c (Mi1949)One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947-1952)2001"GMS"
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
Sri Lanka1234 (Mi1187)1998
Sri Lanka1234 fdcStamp on FDC
Switzerland (WMO)NoneMeter1988GMS (or GOES-4/7 type)1
Thailand1472 (Mi1498)From strip of 5 (1472a (5x 1472)), also booklet of 51992
Thailand1472 fdc1Stamp on FDC (two cancels), also insert
Thailand1472 fdc2Stamp on FDC
Vanuatu566 (Mi890)1992"GMS-4"
Vanuatu565-568 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
MTSat / Himawari (Japan)
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12007"MTSat-1R"
Guinea RepublicMi5894-5899_ms6In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (Mi5894-5899)2008
Guinea-BissauMi4493A
Mi4493B
From MS5 (Mi4492A-4496A)
From imperforate MS5 (Mi4492B-4496B)
2009"MTSat-1R"
Guinea-BissauMi4494A
Mi4494B
"MTSat-2"
Guinea-BissauMi4492A-4496A_ms5 fdcMS5 on FDC(As above)
Japan2936 (Mi3898)One of pair (2937a (2936-2937)) (Mi3898-3899), or five of MS10 (2937b (5x (2936-2937)))2005
Japan2937a fdc1Pair and cancel on FDC
Japan2937a fdc2Pair and cachet on FDC
Japan2936-2937 cancelFDC cancel (different)
Japan2937a cover (Mi3898-3899 cover)Pair on cover2015
Himawari (non-GMS and non-MTSat) (Japan)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found

1The GMS-series and GOES-4/7 type have a similar appearance, both being built by Hughes Space and Communications Company.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
GMS / Himawari (Japan)
1977-07-14: GMS-1 / Himawari-1
United States1977-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverGMS-1 (not "SMS-3", as in text) launch; also DCS
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGMS-1 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted1)
United States1977-07-14Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGMS-1 launch
United States1977-07-14Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverGMS-1 launch
1981-08-10: GMS-2 / Himawari-2
United States1981-08-10Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch; also DCS
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch; also DCS
Japan1981-08-11Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch; also DCS
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Zaso silk) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch
Japan1981-08-11Tsukubagakuen(Zaso silk) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch
Japan1981-08-11Tsukubagakuen(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-2 launch
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on cover, also insertGMS-2 launch
1984-08-03: GMS-3 / Himawari-3
United States1984-08-02Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-3 launch
Japan1984-08-03Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-3 launch
Japan1984-08-03Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverGMS-3 launch
Japan1984-08-03Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-3 launch
Japan1984-08-03Tsukubagakuen(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-3 launch
1989-09-06: GMS-4 / Himawari-4
United States1989-09-05Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-4 launch; also DCS
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-4 launch; also DCS
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverGMS-4 launch; also DCS
Japan1989-09-06Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-4 launch
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-4 launch
1995-03-18: GMS-5 / Himawari-5 (and SFU)
Japan1995-03-18Minamitane(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-5 launch
Japan1995-03-18Tsukubagakuen(Watanabe) cachet on coverGMS-5 launch
Japan1995-03-18Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGMS-5 launch
Japan1995-03-18Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on coverGMS-5 launch
MTSat / Himawari (Japan)
1999-11-15: MTSat-1 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
2005-02-26: MTSat-1R / Himawari-6
No launch cover images available yet
2006-02-18: MTSat-2 / Himawari-7
No launch cover images available yet
Himawari (non-GMS and non-MTSat) (Japan)
2014-10-87: Himawari-8
No launch cover images available yet
2016-11-02: Himawari-9
No launch cover images available yet

1The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover; the comsat design is similar to that of the Westar-1/2/3 type satellites.


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