Intelsat-5

Three-axis-stabilized Intelsats
(Intelsat-5, 7, and later series)

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Intelsat-5Intelsat-7Intelsat-7 patch

This page contains philatelic information on Three-axis-stabilized1 Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later 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.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Reference images
(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)
(Selected)
Intelsat
(Selected)
Intelsat
Early Bird (Intelsat-1), Bird-named Intelsat-2s, and Intelsat-2-4 Early Bird (Intelsat-1), Bird-named Intelsat-2s, and Intelsat-2-4
Other cylindrical spin-stabilized Intelsats
(Intelsat-3, 4, 4A, and 6 series)
Other cylindrical spin-stabilized Intelsats
(Intelsat-3, 4, 4A, and 6 series)
Three-axis-stabilized Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series) Three-axis-stabilized Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series)
Intelsat (on other than Intelsat launch covers)


Below is a list of Three-axis-stabilized1 Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Three-axis-stabilized1 Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series)
Angola939 (Mi1001)One of MS2 (939a (938-939)) (Mi1000-1001)1995"Intelsat"-7 (shown with, but unrelated to Space Shuttle)
Barbados669 (Mi642)198520th anniv. Intelsat1: Intelsat-5
Bermuda531 (Mi520)1987Intelsat-5
Bolivia805 (Mi1120)1990Intelsat-5
BoliviaBL197 (Mi1120C)On stamp (805 except with changed perforations) in SS11992Intelsat-5
BoliviaBL203 (Mi1120C)On stamp (805 except with changed perforations) in SS1 + label1993Intelsat-5
BoliviaBL203 muestraBL203 with extra "muestra" perforations
Brazil1576 (Mi1670)1978Intelsat-1 (Early Bird), Intelsat-2, Intelsat-3, Intelsat-4, Intelsat-4A, Intelsat-5
Brazil1576 folderFolder, with stamp and reproduction, also page 2, page 3, and page 4
Brunei296 (Mi280)1983Intelsat-5
Brunei294-296 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC, also insert
Cambodia1262 (Mi?)1993Intelsat-5
Cameroun776 (Mi1077)1985(20th anniv. Intelsat)1: "Intelsat-V" (Intelsat-5) (in text, but Intelsat-6 depicted)
Central African Republic679A (Mi1062A)
i679A (Mi1062B)

Imperforate
1984Intelsat-5
Central African Republic679Ab (BL298A)
i679Ab (BL298B)
SS1 (679A)
Imperforate SS1 (i679A)
Central African Republic679B (Mi1063A)
i679B (Mi1063B)

Imperforate
Central African Republic679Bc (BL299A)
i679Bc (BL299B)
SS1 (679B)
Imperforate SS1 (i679B)
Central African Republic679C (Mi1064A)
i679C (Mi1064B)

Imperforate
Central African Republic679Cd (BL300A)
i679Cd (BL300B)
SS1 (679C)
Imperforate SS1 (i679C)
Central African Republic679D (Mi1065A)
i679D (Mi1065B)

Imperforate
Central African Republic679De (BL301A)
i679De (BL301B)
SS1 (679D)
Imperforate SS1 (i679D)
Central African Republic679E (Mi1066A)
i679E (Mi1066B)

Imperforate
Central African Republic679Ef (BL302A)
i679Ef (BL302B)
SS1 (679E)
Imperforate SS1 (i679E)
Central African Republic679F (Mi1067A)
i679F (Mi1067B)

Imperforate
Central African Republic679Fg (BL303A)
i679Fg (BL303B)
SS1 (679F)
Imperforate SS1 (i679F)
Central African Republic679G (BL297A)
i679G (BL297B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Central African RepublicBL304A
BL304B
In (lower-left) margin of SS1
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1
Central African Republic817 (BL386A)
i817 (BL386B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1986Intelsat-5
Central African Republic863 (BL421A)
i863 (BL421B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1987"Intelsat-5"
Central African Republic898 (BL442A)
i898 (BL442B)
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1988"Intelsat-5"
Central African RepublicBL447A
BL447B
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1988"Intelsat-5"
Central African Republic903 (BL449A)
i903 (BL449B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1988Intelsat-5
Central African Republic911b (BL456A)
i911b (BL456B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (911)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i911)
1989"Intelsat-5" (in text, but another communications satellite is depicted)
Central African RepublicBL459A
BL459B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
"Intelsat-5"
Central African Republic942a (BL480A)
i942a (BL480B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (942)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i942)
1989"Intelsat-7"
Chad479 (BL222A)
i479 (BL222B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1984"Intelsat-5"
Chad505 (Mi1051A)
i505 (Mi1051B)

Imperforate
1984Intelsat-5
Chad506 (Mi1052A)
i506 (Mi1052B)

Imperforate
Chad507 (Mi1053A)
i507 (Mi1053B)

Imperforate
Chad508 (Mi1054A)
i508 (Mi1054B)

Imperforate
Chad509 (Mi1055A)
i509 (Mi1055B)

Imperforate
ChadC304 (Mi1147)509 surcharged1988?Intelsat-5
ChadUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12001"Intelsat-901"
ChadUnknown iss (BL?)In (left) margin of imperforate SS12012"Intelsat-18"
ChadMi2580+2582+2584_ms3In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)"Intelsat-20"
ChadMi2581+2583+2585_ms3In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)"Intelsat-23"
China (Taiwan)2406 (Mi1564)1984Intelsat-5
China (Taiwan)2636 (Mi1806)1988Intelsat-5
Cocos Islands164 (Mi175)1987Intelsat-5
Cook Islands745 (Mi928)1983Intelsat-5
Cook Islands744-747 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
DjiboutiC128 (BL12)In (upper-left) margin of SS11980Intelsat-5
DjiboutiC133 (BL16)In (upper-left) margin of SS1, C128 overprinted in blue1980Intelsat-5
DjiboutiC134 (BL17)In (upper-left) margin of SS1, C128 overprinted in purple
DjiboutiC137 (Mi280)1980Intelsat-5
DjiboutiC137 fdcStamp on FDC
DjiboutiC190a (BL91A)
iC190a (BL91B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (C190)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC190)
1984Intelsat-5 (with solar panel trim tabs)
DjiboutiC191a (BL92A)
iC191a (BL92B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (C191)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC192)
DjiboutiC200-C202_ms3 (BL98A)
iC200-iC202_ms3 (BL98B)
In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (C200-C202)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS3 (iC200-iC202)
1984Intelsat-5 (with solar panel trim tabs)
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987"Intelsat-7" (in upper-right margin), also "Intelsat-6" (in left-center margin)
Djibouti703 (Mi573)1992Intelsat-5
FranceNoneMeter (same design as meter below)1979"Intelsat-5"
FranceNoneMeter (same design as meter above)1985"Intelsat-5"
Ghana840 (BL101)On stamp of SS11983Intelsat-5
Ghana1111 (BL138)On stamp of SS1, 840 surcharged1989Intelsat-5
Ghana1214 (Mi1387)199025th anniv. Intelsat1: (multiple) Intelsat-5; also Intelsat logo
Ghana1215 (Mi1388)
Ghana1216 (Mi1389)
Ghana1217 (Mi1390)
Ghana1218 (Mi1391)
Guinea Republic946 (Mi1059A)
i946 (Mi1059B)

Imperforate
1985Intelsat-5
Guinea Republic946a (BL169A)
i946a (BL169B)
On stamp of SS1 (946)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i946)
Guinea Republic947 (Mi1060A)
i947 (Mi1060B)

Imperforate
Guinea Republic947a (BL107A)
i947a (BL170B)
On stamp of SS1 (947)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i947)
Guinea Republic1033 (BL254A)
i1033 (BL254B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1987Intelsat-5
Guinea Republic1039 (Mi1159)1987Intelsat-5
Guinea Republic1039b (BL266)On stamp of SS1 (1039)
Guinea Republic1039a (Mi1154-1159)On one of MS6 (1039a (1034-1039))
Guinea Republic1061 (BL281A)
i1061 (BL281B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1987Intelsat-5
Guinea Republic1102a (BL320A)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1102)1988"Intelsat-5"
Guinea Republic2260 (BL838)
i2260
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Intelsat-9"
Guinea Republic2260 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL887A
BL887B
In (upper) margin of SS1 (Mi4183A)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4183B)
2005Intelsat-10-2
Guinea RepublicBL1167In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4653)2006Intelsat-5
Guinea-BissauC28 (BL180A)
iC28 (BL180B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1981(poorly-depicted) Intelsat-5
Guinea-BissauC46 (BL222)In (upper) margin of SS11982Intelsat-5
Guinea-Bissau468 (Mi669)1983Intelsat-5
Guinea-Bissau578 (BL260)In (upper-left) margin of SS11984Intelsat-5 (with solar panel trim tabs)
Guyana296 (Mi559)1979Intelsat-5
Guyana1377 (Mi1469)296 overprinted "United Nations"1985Intelsat-5
Isle of Man (Great Britain)366 (Mi369)One of pair (366a (365-366)) (Mi369-370)1988Intelsat-5
Isle of Man (Great Britain)468 (Mi464)One of pair (469a (468-469)) (Mi464-465)1991Intelsat-5
Isle of Man (Great Britain)469a+471a fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Ivory Coast955 (Mi1109)1994(three) Intelsat-5
Japan1550-1551 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Japan Philatelic Society) cachet on FDC1983Intelsat-5
Kazakhstan261 (Mi244)1999Intelsat-5
Kazakhstan270 (Mi?)1999Intelsat-5
Kazakhstan272 (Mi?)
Kazakhstan407 (Mi425)2003Intelsat-5
Kazakhstan408 (Mi426)
Kazakhstan394A (Mi256II)2003Intelsat-5
Kazakhstan401 (Mi437)
Kenya186 (Mi184)1981"Intelsat-5"
Kenya185-188 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Korea (South)1316 (Mi1303)1982Intelsat-4A (upper-right), Intelsat-5 (upper-left)
Korea (South)1316 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
Korea (South)1442 (Mi1423)1985Intelsat-5
Libya1306b (Mi1660)One of MS6 (1306 (a-f)) (Mi1659-1664)1986Intelsat-5
Luxembourg1258 (Mi1824)One of pair (1259a (1258-1259))2009Intelsat-5
Malagasy Republic803 (Mi1069)1987Intelsat-5
Malagasy Republic804b (Mi1065-1070)On one of MS6 (799-804)
Malagasy Republic805 (BL49A)
i805 (BL49B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Intelsat-23"
Mauritania548 (Mi801)
i548

Imperforate
1983Intelsat-5
Mauritania548a (BL?)
i548a
On stamp of SS1 (548)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i548)
Mauritania549 (Mi802)
i549

Imperforate
Mauritania549a (BL?)
i549a
On stamp of SS1 (549)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i549)
Mauritania550 (Mi803)
i550

Imperforate
Mauritania550a (BL?)
i550a
On stamp of SS1 (550)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i550)
Mauritania551 (Mi804)
i551

Imperforate
Mauritania551a (BL?)
i551a
On stamp of SS1 (551)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i551)
Mauritania548-551_ms4
i548-i551_ms4
MS4 (548-551)
Imperforate MS4 (i548-i551)
Mauritania552 (BL42)
i552
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Nicaragua1131 (Mi2226)1981Intelsat-5; also Intelsat logo
Nicaragua1132 (Mi2227)
NicaraguaC990 (Mi2229)
NicaraguaC999 (Mi2253)1982Intelsat-5
Niuafo'ou (Tonga)224 (Mi?)2000"Intelsat"-7
Oman246 (Mi250)1983Intelsat-5
Peru833 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cancel on FDC1985Intelsat-5
Romania3173a (BL199)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS11984Intelsat-5
Romania3189a (BL204)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS11984Intelsat-5
Romania3209a (BL207)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS11984Intelsat-5
Romania3209b (BL208)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
Sri Lanka1250 (Mi1202-1203)Pair (1250 (a-b))1999Intelsat-5 (across perforate pair)
Thailand1032 (Mi1046)1983Intelsat-5
Thailand1032 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Thailand1045 (Mi1058)1983Intelsat-5
Thailand1106 (Mi1128)198520th anniv. Intelsat1: "Intelsat"-5; also Intelsat logo
Thailand1106 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Tonga547 (Mi857)1983"Intelsat-5"
Tunisia859 (Mi1087)198420th anniv. Intelsat1: Intelsat-5; also Intelsat logo
Tunisia859 proofProof
Turkey2312 (Mi2705)1985(20th anniv. Intelsat1): "Intelsat"-5
Turkey2312 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298 fdc (BL9 fdc)Cachet on cover1991"Intelsat-5"
United StatesUC56(USPS) aerogramme1983Intelsat-5
United StatesUC56 fdc1(USPS) aerogramme FDC (ArtCraft extra cachet)
United StatesUC56 fdc2(USPS) aerogramme FDC (Jim Butcher/Fleetwood extra cachet)
United StatesUC56 fdc3(USPS) aerogramme FDC (Artmaster extra cachet)
Vanuatu759 (Mi1112)2000Intelsat-802
Vanuatu760 (Mi1113)
Vanuatu761 (Mi1114)
Vanuatu762 (Mi1115)
Vanuatu759-762 fdcFour stamps on FDC
Vanuatu762a (BL39)Imperforate MS2 (760+762)
Venezuela1392j (Mi2451)One of MS10 (1392 (a-j)) (Mi2442-2451)1987Intelsat-5
Zaire1121 (Mi822)1983Intelsat-4A, Intelsat-5
Zaire1124 (Mi825)Intelsat-5
Zaire1126 (Mi827)
Zaire1128 (Mi829)
Zaire1260 (Mi962)1121 surcharged1990Intelsat-4A, Intelsat-5
Zaire1273 (Mi975)1121 surcharged (different)
Zaire1355 (Mi?)1124 surcharged1996Intelsat-5
Zaire1359 (Mi?)1124 surcharged (different)
Zaire1434 (Mi?)1126 surcharged1994Intelsat-5
Zaire1439 (Mi?)1126 surcharged1996Intelsat-5
Zaire1442 (Mi?)1126 surcharged (different)
ZaireMi1181A-1184A_ms4
Mi1181B-1184B_ms4
In (lower-left) margin of MS4 (Mi1181A-1184A)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi1181B-1184B)
1997"Intelsat-706"
ZaireMi1185A-1188A_ms4
Mi1185B-1188B_ms4
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (Mi1185A-1188A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi1185B-1188B)
"Intelsat-704"
Zimbabwe491 (Mi307)1985Intelsat-5

1Intelsat anniversary items are counted either from Intelsat's formation, as the INternational TELecommunications SATellite Organization (INTELSAT) in 1964, or from the launch of Intelsat-1 (Early Bird) in 1965.


Below is a list of Three-axis-stabilized1 Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Three-axis-stabilized1 Intelsats (Intelsat-5, 7, and later series)
1980-12-06 — 1984-06-09: Intelsat-5 series (1 — 9)
1980-12-06: Intelsat-5-2
United States1980-12-06Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-2 launch
United States1980-12-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-2 launch
United States1980-12-06Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney green) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-2 launch
1981-12-15: Intelsat-5-3
United States1981-12-15Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney magenta) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-3 launch
1982-03-05: Intelsat-5-4
United States1982-03-04Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-4 launch
United States1982-03-04Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-4 launch
1982-09-28: Intelsat-5-5
United States1982-10-282Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple and black) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) coverIntelsat-5-5 launch
1983-10-19: Intelsat-5-7
Brazil1983-10-18Natal(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-7 launch; also Intelsat logo
French Guiana1983-10-18Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-7 launch
1984-03-04: Intelsat-5-8
Brazil1984-03-04Natal(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-8 launch; also Intelsat logo
French Guiana1984-03-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-8 launch; also Intelsat logo
1984-03-04: Intelsat-5-9
United States1984-06-09Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverIntelsat-5-9 launch [failed]
1985-03-23 — 1989-01-27: Intelsat-5A series (10 — 15)
1985-06-30: Intelsat-5A-11
United States1985-06-29Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and purple) cachet on coverIntelsat-5A-11 launch
1986-05-31: Intelsat-5A-14 [failed]
French Guiana1986-05-30Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverIntelsat-5A-14 launch [failed]
1989-01-27: Intelsat-5A-15
French Guiana1989-01-26Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch
French Guiana1989-01-26Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch
French Guiana1989-01-26Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch
French Guiana1989-01-26Kourou(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch
French Guiana1989-01-26Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch; also Intelsat logo
France1989-01-27Paris Segur(ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-5A-15 launch
1993-10-22 — 1996-06-15: Intelsat-7 series (1 — 5, and 9)
No launch cover images available yet
1995-05-17 — 1996-02-14: Intelsat-7A series (6 — 8)
1996-02-14: Intelsat-708 [failed]
China (People's Republic)1996-02-15?(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverIntelsat-708 launch [failed]
2007-10-05: Intelsat-11 (and Optus-D2)
French Guiana2007-10-05Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverIntelsat-11 launch
Intelsat (on other than Intelsat launch covers)
United States1983-03-28
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-8 launch cover"Intelsat"-5-6 (and launch date)
USA 2277 FDC

1Three-axis stabilization is a method of spacecraft attitude control in which the spacecraft is held fixed in the desired orientation without any rotation. This is often used for communications satellites, often those with large solar panels on each side of the spacecraft.
2This Intelsat-5-5 cover was canceled on 1982-10-28 (October 28), instead of the launch date 1982-09-28 (September 28) as noted in the rubber-stamp cachet.


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