Insat

Indian National Satellite
(Insat) series

Insat-4A
InsatInsat-4A

This page contains philatelic information on the Indian National Satellite (Insat) 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.

Many early Insat had dual meteorological/communications functions, but most later Insat had only telecommunications capabilities. One Insat (Insat-3D) was a dedicated meteorological satellite. This page contains the complete Insat series, including Insat-3D. The Insat [with meteorological instrumentation] are found in a separate page.

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)
Insat (India) Insat (India) Insat (India)
Insat (India) [with meteorological instrumentation] Insat (India) [with meteorological instrumentation] Insat (India) [with meteorological instrumentation]


Below is a list of Indian National Satellite (Insat) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Insat (India)
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014Insat-3C launch (also launch date on stamp)
Chad675a (Mi1418)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (675)1998Insat-2B
Guinea RepublicBL1157In (upper-left) margin of SS12007Insat-4B
IndiaNoneInland letter sheet198?Insat-1
India1020 (Mi953)1983Insat-1
India1746 (Mi1685)1999Insat-1
India1848 (Mi1783)2000"Insat-3B"
India1847-1850 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
India2722 (Mi2867)2015Project Rukmani: GSat-7 / Insat-4F
India2722 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
India2722 fdc2Stamp and cancel (different location) and cachet (same) on FDC
India2722 misperfMis-perforated
India2722 brochureFDC brochure
Libya1306a (Mi1659)One of MS6 (1306 (a-f)) (Mi1659-1664)1986Insat-1
Malagasy Republic1415g (Mi none)
i1415g
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Insat-3
Malagasy Republic1415gh (BL none)On stamp of SS1 (1415g)
Niger1075d (Mi1950)One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947-1952)2001"Insat-1A"
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1977 (BL679)SS12009"Insat-3C" (on stamp), Insat-1A (in upper-right margin)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Insat-3D" [meteorological only]
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)Insat-4F / GSAT-7 (and "Eutelsat-25B" / "Es'hail-1")
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Insat-4F" / "GSAT-7" (and Eutelsat-25B / Es'hail-1)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)Insat-4F / "GSAT-7" (and "Eutelsat"-25B / Es'hail-1)
Venezuela1576i (Mi3127)One of MS10 (1576 (a-j)) (Mi3123-3132)1997"Insat-1B"


Below is a list of Indian National Satellite (Insat) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Insat (India)
1982-04-10: Insat-1A
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney orange and green and black) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Red printed) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
1983-08-30: Insat-1B (from STS-8)
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30
1983-08-14
1983-09-05
(Kennedy Space Center FL)
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also folderSTS-8 launch
STS-8 expected launch
STS-8 landing
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverInsat-1B (STS-8/Challenger) deployed
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverInsat-1B (STS-8/Challenger) deployed
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverInsat-1B (STS-8/Challenger) deployed
United States1983-08-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverInsat-1B (STS-8/Challenger) deployed
1988-07-21: Insat-1C (and Eutelsat-1-F5)
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
France1988-07-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
Netherlands1988-07-22NoordwijkMeter and (ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
1990-06-12: Insat-1D1
United States1990-06-12Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverInsat-1D launch
United States1990-06-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Sticker) cachet on coverInsat-1D launch
1992-07-09: Insat-2A (and Eutelsat-2-F4)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-2A launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2A launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-2A launch
1993-07-22: Insat-2B (and Hispasat-1B)
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2B launch
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-2B launch ("TDF" depicted)
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInsat-2B launch
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(Printed) cachet on cardInsat-2B launch
1995-12-06: Insat-2C (and Télécom-2C)
French Guiana1995-12-06Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2C launch
1997-06-03: Insat-2D (and Inmarsat-3-F4)
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Insat-2D launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (red cancel)Insat-2D launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInsat-2D launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInsat-2D launch
French Guiana1997-06-03Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on coverInsat-2D launch
France1997-06-04Paris(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInsat-2D launch
Gabon1997-06-04Libreville(Lollini printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverInsat-2D launch
1999-04-03: Insat-2E
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2E launch
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-2E launch
Gabon1999-04-03Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2E launch
2002-01-23: Insat-3C
French Guiana2002-01-23Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-3C launch
2013-07-25: Insat-3D [meteorological only] (and Inmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat)
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3D launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-3D launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-3D launch
2003-09-27: Insat-3E (and eBird-1 and SMART-1)
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Insat-3E launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet (same) on cover (red cancel)Insat-3E launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Arianespace) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
French Guiana2003-09-27Kourou(Lollini printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInsat-3E launch
France2003-09-28Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
France2003-09-28Nice(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
Gabon2003-09-28Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3E launch
2005-12-21: Insat-4A (and MSG-2)
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)Insat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (red cancel)Insat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E.) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Arianespace) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini and several rubber-stamp) cachets on coverInsat-4A launch
Gabon2005-12-21Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
France2005-12-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
French Guiana2005-12-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-4A launch
2007-03-11: Insat-4B (and Skynet-5A)
French Guiana2007-03-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-4B launch
2006-07-10: Insat-4C [failed]
United States2006-07-10Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-4C launch [failed]
2007-09-02: Insat-4CR
United States2007-09-02Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-4CR launch
2011-05-20: Insat-4G (GSat-8)
French Guiana2011-05-20Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverInsat-4G (GSat-8) launch

1Insat-1D launch newspaper article


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