Iridium

Iridium-series
satellites

Iridium-NEXT
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This page contains philatelic information on the Iridium-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.

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 Iridium-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Iridium
BeninP218B10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
Burkina FasoP318Cq10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
Comoro IslandsBL504In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi?)2009Iridium
Guinea-BissauP918Sa10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
Ivory CoastP118A10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
Malagasy Republic1416b (Mi none)
i1416b
One of MS9 (1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
1999Iridium
Malagasy Republic1416bc (BL none)
i1416bc
On stamp of SS1 (1416b)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1416b)
Malagasy Republic1416a-1416i fdcOne of nine stamps on FDC
MaliP418D10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
NigerP618Hn10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ib (Mi?)One of imperforate MS3 (a-c)2006Iridium (upper-left)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdcImperforate MS3 on FDC
SenegalP718K10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
TogoP818T10,000 franc (banknote), also back2003-2011Iridium [also found on similar banknotes from 7 other West African States1]
Iridium-NEXT
No (non-launch cover) postal items found

1This 10,000 franc banknote from the West African States monetary union was issued by 8 countries: Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Guinea-Bissau.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Iridium
China (People's Republic)1998-03-26Kelang, Shangxi province; Sizhi Post Office 5(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-51 and 61 launch
Iridium-NEXT
United States2017-01-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-102-106+108-109+111-112+114 launch
United States2017-01-14Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-102-106+108-109+111-112+114 launch
United States2017-06-25Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-113+115+117-118+120-121+123-124+126+128 launch
United States2017-06-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-113+115+117-118+120-121+123-124+126+128 launch
United States2017-10-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backIridium-NEXT-107+119+122+125+127+129+132-133+136+139 launch
United States2017-10-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-107+119+122+125+127+129+132-133+136+139 launch
United States2017-10-09Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-107+119+122+125+127+129+132-133+136+139 launch
United States2017-12-22Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-116+130-131+134-135+137-138+141+151+153 launch
United States2017-12-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-116+130-131+134-135+137-138+141+151+153 launch
United States2018-03-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Lollini) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-140+142-146+148-150+157 launch
United States2018-05-22Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-110+147+152+161-162 launch (and GRACE-FO-1/2)
United States2018-05-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-110+147+152+161-162 launch (and GRACE-FO-1/2)
United States2018-07-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-154-156+158-160+163-166 launch
United States2019-01-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverIridium-NEXT-167-173+175-176+180 launch


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