Marisat-1 Marecs

Inmarsat series
(including Marisat,
Marots, and Marecs)

Inmarsat-2
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This page contains philatelic information on the Inmarsat series (including Marisat, Marots, and Marecs). 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 Marisat series was taken over by Inmarsat in 1981. Marots was a proposed experimental system that was never launched but changed into the operational Marecs series, which were in effect the first-generation Inmarsat series, followed by the second-generation Inmarsat-2 series, etc.

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)
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Below is a list of Inmarsat series (including Marisat, Marots, and Marecs) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Marisat
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 (Mi230)From MS10 (C98a (10x C98))1987Marisat (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 maxiStamp on maxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover1 (Mi230 cover1)Stamp on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in ('FDC') cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987Marisat (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover2 (Mi230 cover2)Stamp on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in (PJ) cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987Marisat (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text)
Grenada Carriacou2126d (Mi2971)One of MS6 (2126 (a-f)) (Mi2968-2973)1999"Marisat-1"
Marecs (and Marots)
Central African Republic335 (Mi542A)
i335 (Mi542B)

Imperforate
1978Marecs
Central African Republic335a (BL26A)
i335a (BL26B)
On stamp of SS1 (335)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i335)
Comoro IslandsMi428A
Mi428B

Imperforate
1978(probably) Marots
Comoro Islands388 (Mi489)
i388

Imperforate
1978Marecs
Comoro Islands388a (BL186)
i388a
On stamp of SS1 (388)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i388)
France2653 (Mi?)1998(possible) Marecs
France2653a (Mi?)Strip of 6 (2648-2653 + label)
Ivory Coast583 (Mi678)
i583

Imperforate
1981Marecs
Ivory Coast584 (Mi679)
i584

Imperforate
Ivory Coast583-584 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 (Mi230)From MS10 (C98a (10x C98))1987Marecs (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 maxiStamp on maxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover1 (Mi230 cover1)Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in ('FDC') cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987Marecs (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text); also Marecs (in cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover2 (Mi230 cover2)Stamp on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in (PJ) cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987Marecs (but "Inmarsat" in stamp text)
Great Britain1109 (Mi1033)1985Also "Marecs-A" (in text on fdc1 cachet)
Great Britain1109 fdc1Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC
Great Britain1109 fdc2Stamp on FDC (Colorano silk cachet)
Great Britain1109 cardPHQ card
Great Britain1107-1110 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC, also back and insert
Great Britain1107-1110 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different cancel and slightly-different cachet)
Guinea Republic1017 (Mi1134A)
i1017 (Mi1134B)

Imperforate
1986Marecs
Guinea Republic1017a (BL241A)
i1017a (BL241B)
On stamp of SS1 (1017)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1017)
Rwanda814 (Mi878)
i814

Imperforate
1977"Marots" (precursor of Marecs)
Inmarsat
British Antarctic Territory315a (Mi338)One of strip of 4 (315 (a-d)) (Mi338-341)2002(possible) Inmarsat-2 (without trim tabs on solar panels)
Cambodia870 (Mi948)1988Inmarsat-2
ChadUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-right) margin of SS12013"Alphasat-1XL" / Inmarsat-4A-F4
Cyprus779-780 fdc (Mi771-772 fdc)Cachet on FDCInmarsat-2
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 (Mi230)From MS10 (C98a (10x C98))1987"Inmarsat" (in stamp text, but Marisat and Marecs depicted); also Inmarsat (in maxicard cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 maxiStamp and cachet on Maxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover1 (Mi230 cover1)Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in ('FDC') cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987"Inmarsat" (in stamp text, but Marisat and Marecs depicted); also "Inmarsat" (in cachet text)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC98 cover2 (Mi230 cover2)Stamp and (PJ) cachet on cover (not a FDC, despite indication in (PJ) cachet, because of the cancel date 7 April - stamp issue date was 2 March)1987"Inmarsat" (in stamp text, but Marisat and Marecs depicted); also "Inmarsat" (in cachet text)
Isle of Man (Great Britain)470 (Mi466)One of pair (471a (470-471)) (Mi466-467)1991Inmarsat-2
Isle of Man (Great Britain)469a+471a fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Monaco1761 (Mi2010)From MS10 (1761a (5x (1760-1761))) (BL50)1991"Inmarsat" (Inmarsat-2)
Monaco1761 maxiMaxicard
Monaco1761a fdcMS10 on FDC
Monaco1761a scMS10 souvenir card
Monaco1760-1761 ds
i1760-i1761 ds
One of two stamps in deluxe sheet (1760-1761)
One of two stamps in imperforate deluxe sheet (i1760-i1761)
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"Alphasat" / Inmarsat-4A-F4


Below is a list of Inmarsat series (including Marisat, Marots, and Marecs) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Marisat
1976-02-19: Marisat-1
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Merritt Island FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch (Westar-1/2/3 type depicted)
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch (Westar-1/2/3 type depicted)
United States1976-02-19Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS "official") cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on (airmail) coverMarisat-1 launch
United States1976-02-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverMarisat-1 launch
1976-06-09: Marisat-2
United States1976-06-09Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverMarisat-2 launch
United States1976-06-09Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMarisat-2 launch
United States1976-06-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverMarisat-2 launch
United States1976-06-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-2 launch
United States1976-06-09Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-2 launch (Westar-1/2/3 type depicted)
United States1976-06-09Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on cover, also backMarisat-2 launch
United States1976-06-09Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverMarisat-2 launch
1976-10-14: Marisat-3
United States1976-10-14Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(KSC/NASA red and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarisat-3 launch (Westar-1/2/3 type depicted)
United States1976-10-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverMarisat-3 launch
United States1976-10-14Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverMarisat-3 launch
United States1976-10-14Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMarisat-3 launch
United States1976-10-14Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverMarisat-3 launch
United States1976-10-14Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney green) cachet on (airmail) coverMarisat-3 launch
United States1976-10-14Patrick AFB, FL(Typed and cyan rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverMarisat-3 launch
Marecs
1981-12-20: Marecs-1 (and CAT-4)
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Gruppo Filatelico) cachet on coverMarecs-1 launch
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Europa FDC Service) cachet on coverMarecs-1 launch
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on cover, also backMarecs-1 launch
1982-09-10: Marecs-B (and SIRIO-2) [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Europa FDC Service) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Europa FDC Service) cachet (different) on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Gruppo Filatelico) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Printed and black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(ERNO) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
United States1982-09-09Greenbelt MD(NASCOM Network) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
France1982-09-10Paris(Lollini?) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
French Guiana1982-09-10Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
Italy1982-09-10Torino(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMarecs-B launch [failed]
1984-11-10: Marecs-2 (and Spacenet-2)
French Guiana1984-11-09Kourou(ESA) cachet on coverMarecs-2 launch
French Guiana1984-11-09Kourou(Ouley) cachet on cover, also backMarecs-2 launch
French Guiana1984-11-09Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverMarecs-2 launch
Inmarsat
1991-12-16: Inmarsat-2-F3 (and Télécom-2A)
French Guiana1991-12-16Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInmarsat-2-F3 launch
French Guiana1991-12-16Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInmarsat-2-F3 launch
French Guiana1991-12-16Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on coverInmarsat-2-F3 launch
French Guiana1991-12-16Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInmarsat-2-F3 launch
1992-09-15: Inmarsat-2-F4 (and Télécom-2B)
French Guiana1992-09-15Kourou(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInmarsat-2-F4 launch
French Guiana1992-09-15Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInmarsat-2-F4 launch
1997-06-03: Inmarsat-3-F4 (and Insat-2D)
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Inmarsat-3-F4 launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (red cancel)Inmarsat-3-F4 launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F4 launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F4 launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on coverInmarsat-3-F4 launch
France1997-06-04Paris(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F4 launch
Gabon1997-06-04Libreville(Lollini printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F4 launch
1998-02-04: Inmarsat-3-F5 (and Brasilsat-B3)
French Guiana1998-02-04Kourou(Philatélie Arianespace) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F5 launch
French Guiana1998-02-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Inmarsat-3-F5 launch
French Guiana1998-02-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (red cancel)Inmarsat-3-F5 launch
French Guiana1998-02-04Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F5 launch
French Guiana1998-02-04Kourou(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F5 launch
France1998-02-05Paris(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F5 launch
Gabon1998-02-05Libreville(Lollini?) cachet on coverInmarsat-3-F5 launch
2008-08-18: Inmarsat-4-F3
United States2008-08-18Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverInmarsat-4-F3 launch
Russia2008-08-19Baikonur(Printed) cachet on coverInmarsat-4-F3 launch
2013-07-25: Inmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat (and Insat-3D)
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat launch
2017-05-15: Inmarsat-5-F4
United States2017-05-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Lollini) cachet on coverInmarsat-5-F4 launch

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