HotBird-1

HotBird
(Hot Bird)
series satellites

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This page contains philatelic information on HotBird 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.

HotBird is more commonly spelled Hot Bird, with a space between the two words.

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)
HotBird (Europe) HotBird (Europe) HotBird (Europe)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
HotBird (Europe)
Chad804 (BL294A)
i804 (BL294B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1998"HotBird - ESA" (HotBird-1)
ChadBL475A
BL475B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2014"HotBird-8"
France2483 fdc1 (Mi3082 fdc1)Cancel on FDC (? cachet)1995"Ariane - 100th satellite" and date (1995-03-28) celebrate the launch of HotBird-1 (depicted in the cancel) and Brasilsat-B2
France2483 fdc2 (Mi3082 fdc2)Cancel (same) on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
France2483 fdc3 (Mi3082 fdc3)Cancel (same) on FDC (? cachet)
France2483 maxi (Mi3082 maxi)Cancel (same) on maxicard
Malagasy Republic1336a (BL_A272A)
i1336a (BL_A272B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1336)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1336)
1997"HotBird" (in text, but Eutelsat-2-F3 depicted)
Malagasy Republic1338a (BL_C272A)
i1338a (BL_C272B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1338)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1338)
HotBird-1 (not "Astra-1B", as in text)
Mali887a (BL_D95A)
i887a (BL_D95B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1998"HotBird"-1
Mali987 (BL128A)
i987 (BL128B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1998Hotbird-2/3/4/5? (body matches, but each solar panel has 3 sections instead of 4 and no flaps)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
HotBird (Europe)
1995-03-28: HotBird-1 (and Brasilsat-B2)
French Guiana1995-03-28Kourou(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverHotBird-1 launch
1997-09-02: HotBird-3 (and Meteosat-7)
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverHotBird-3 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverHotBird-3 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHotBird-3 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on coverHotBird-3 launch
Gabon1997-09-03Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverHotBird-3 launch
1998-02-27: HotBird-4
French Guiana1998-02-27Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverHotBird-4 launch
2006-03-11: HotBird-7A (and SpainSat)
French Guiana2006-03-11Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets (and signature) on coverHotBird-7A launch
2006-08-05: HotBird-8
Russia2006-08-05Baikonur(Printed) cachet on coverHotBird-8 launch (mis-spelled "HotBerd-8" in text)
Russia2006-08-05Polevaya(Printed) cachet (different) on coverHotBird-8 launch (mis-spelled "HotBerd-8" in text)


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