Helios

(West German)
Helios-series
satellites

Helios patch
drawingpatch

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

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 (West Germany) Helios (West Germany) Helios (West Germany)
Helios (on other than Helios launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Helios (West Germany)
Equatorial GuineaMi588
MiA588

Imperforate on lavender paper
1975"Helios-1"
French GuianaNone(At upper-right of) cachet on cover1979"Helios"
Germany (West)NoneCancel on cover1974(possible) pre-launch development or testing milestone (as cancel date)
Germany (West)NoneCancel (different time) and cachet on cover1974(possible) pre-launch development or testing milestone (as cancel date); "Helios-A" (in cachet)
Germany (West)NoneCancel (different date/time) and cachet (same) on cover1974(possible) pre-launch development or testing milestone (as cancel date); "Helios-A" (in cachet)
Germany (West)NoneCancel and cachet on cover1979"Helios"
Grenada756 (Mi790)1976"Helios"
Grenada757 (Mi791)
Grenada758 (Mi792)
Grenada759 (Mi793)
Grenada763 (BL59)SS1
ParaguayC414 (BL251)SS11975Spelled "Helius" (in cancel)
ParaguayC414 fdcSS1 and cancel and cachet on FDC
RomaniaNoneCancel2005"Helios-1", "Helios-2"
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"Helios" (in text only)
United StatesNone(Ken Bishop) cachet on cover, also back1985Helios-A image (on cover front) and "Helios-A" (in text on cover back)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Helios (West Germany)
1974-12-10: Helios-1
United States1974-12-09Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-09Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
Spain1974-12-10Madrid(Green printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
Germany (Berlin)1974-12-10Wessling(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
Germany (West)1974-12-10Monstereifel(Mission patch) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
Germany (West)1974-12-10Ottobrunn(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS with logo) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Kennedy Space Center FL(NASA) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Br.(NASA) cachet (same) on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Br.(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney magenta and black) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Satellite Beach FL(Whitney magenta and black) cachet (same) on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Cape Canaveral FL(Cura Della) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
United States1974-12-10Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverHelios-1 launch
Helios-1 (events)
Australia1975-03-15Adelaide SA(Three-color rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
Spain1975-03-15Madrid(Green printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1975-03-15Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1975-03-15Cape Canaveral FL(NASA rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1975-03-17Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(Mission patch) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
Australia1975-04-22Canberra City ACT(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1975-09-21Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1976-03-29Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1976-10-05Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1977-04-13Pasadena CA(Space Voyage, no logo) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1977-10-21Pasadena CA(Space Voyage, no logo) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1978-04-29Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1978-11-05Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1980-12-05Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1981-06-13Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1981-12-20Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1982-06-28Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1983-07-13Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1984-07-27Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
United States1985-02-02Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-1 perihelion1
1976-01-15: Helios-2
Germany (West)1976-01-15Stuttgart(SEL rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-152Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-152Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on cover (no signatures)Helios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Typed and rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverHelios-2 launch
United States1976-01-15Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet (and signatures) on coverHelios-2 launch
Helios-2 (events)
United States1977-04-23Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1978-04-29Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1978-11-01Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1979-05-08Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1979-11-07Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1980-05-12Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1
United States1980-11-14Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverHelios-2 perihelion1, and "final Helios-2 information due to shutdown"
Helios (on other than Helios launch covers)
Australia1975-03-18Woomera SA(Printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"Helios-A" (in text)
United States1978-08-08Cape Canaveral FL(Purple and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Pioneer-13 launch coverHelios

1Perihelion = The point in the satellite's orbit when it is nearest to the Sun, which in the case of Helios satellites occurs semi-annually.
2The year (1976) in the cancel is inverted.


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