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This page contains philatelic information on the Meteor-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)
Meteor
(Russia/USSR)
Meteor (Russia/USSR) Meteor (Russia/USSR)
Meteor (on other than Meteor launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Meteor (Russia/USSR)
Altai RepublicLocal (350 value)Cuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 45173 (Mi4494), from strip of 51996Meteor
Altai RepublicLocal (800 value)
Altai RepublicLocal (350 value)Cuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 45203 (Mi4497), from strip of 5
Altai RepublicLocal (800 value)
Altai RepublicLocal (350 value)Cuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 57273 (Mi5898), from strip of 5
Altai RepublicLocal (800 value)
Armenia873 (Mi745)2011Meteor
BashkortostanLocalCuba 2186 overprinted on 2x Russia 6064 (Mi261), from a strip of 5 such overprints, also overprint template1996Meteor
BashkortostanLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 2x Russia 6061 (Mi225), from a strip of 5 such overprints, also overprint templateMeteor
Buriatia RepublicLocalMongolia 1686 overprinted on 2x Russia 57253 (Mi5896), from strip of 51994
Buriatia RepublicLocalMongolia 1686 overprinted on 2x Russia 57333 (Mi5904), from strip of 5
Buriatia RepublicLocalMongolia 1686 overprinted on 2x Russia 5987 (Mi6180), from strip of 5
Cambodia778 (Mi856)1987Meteor
China (People's Republic)2021 fdc (Mi2047 fdc)(Blue and cyan printed) cachet on FDC1986(likely) Meteor
Cuba1592 (Mi1666)1971Kosmos-Meteor
Cuba1589-1592 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Cuba2186 (Mi2289)1978"Cosmos" (Kosmos-Meteor)
Cuba2185-2186+C278 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Cuba2324 (Mi2473)1980Meteor
Cuba2502 (Mi2651)1982Meteor
Cuba2587 (Mi2736)1983Meteor
Czechoslovakia2304 (Mi2559)1980Meteor
Czechoslovakia2304 proofSigned proof
Czechoslovakia2304+2307 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Czechoslovakia2304+2307 cardFDC card
DjiboutiUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS3 (a-c)
One of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2014"Meteor"
DjiboutiUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
Germany (East)1364 (BL36)SS11972Meteor
Germany (East)1364 fdc1SS1 on FDC
Germany (East)1364 fdc2SS1 on FDC (different cancel)
Germany (East)Local11975?Meteor
Germany (East)Local2Also with arrow
Germany (East)1900 (Mi2312)1978Meteor
Germany (East)1900 fdcStamp on FDC
Germany (East)1898-1900 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Germany (East)NoneCancel and (two) cachets on cover1981Meteor-1, "Meteor-25" (Meteor-1-25)
Germany (East)NoneCancel and cachet on cover1984Meteor-1
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1997Meteor
Guinea-Bissau469 (Mi670)1983Meteor-1
Guinea-Bissau466+469 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
KomiLocal (450 value)Cuba 2324 overprinted on 4x Russia 45193 (Mi4496), from strip of 5199?Meteor
KomiLocal (950 value)
KomiLocal (450 value)Cuba 2324 overprinted on 4x Russia 45213 (Mi4498), from strip of 5
KomiLocal (950 value)
KomiLocal (450 value)Cuba 2324 overprinted on 4x Russia 57243 (Mi5895), from strip of 5
KomiLocal (950 value)
KomiLocal (450 value)Cuba 2324 overprinted on 4x Russia 57253 (Mi5896), from strip of 5
KomiLocal (950 value)
Korea (North)2430 (Mi2523)
i2430

Imperforate
1984Meteor-Priroda
Korea (North)2430 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Laos784 (Mi991)
i784

Imperforate
1987Kosmos-Meteor
LiberiaC201 (BL70A)
iC201 (BL70B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1974(poorly-depicted) Meteor1
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Meteor-3"
MaliUnknown fdcMS3 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Meteor-M"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
Mari ElLocal (400 value)Overprint on Russia 45173 (Mi4494)1994Kosmos-Meteor
MongoliaC78 (Mi986)1976Meteor
MongoliaC90 (Mi1088)Also detail1977Meteor (at left)
Mongolia1686 (Mi1975)1988Meteor
Nicaragua1657 (Mi2819)1987Kosmos-Meteor
Romania2422 (Mi3128)From MS50 (2422a (50x 2422))1973Meteor
Romania2422 fdcStamp on FDC
RomaniaNoneCancel on WMD cover1982Meteosat
RomaniaNoneCancel (same) on WMD cover (different stamp)
Russia (USSR)3860 (Mi3891)1971Kosmos-Meteor
Russia (USSR)3860 cover1Stamp on cover
Russia (USSR)3860 cover2Stamp (3860) added to stamped envelope, with cachet of same design, and (black) cancel
Russia (USSR)3860 cover3Stamp (3860) added to stamped envelope, with cachet of same design, and (purple) cancel
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back, also front1971Kosmos-Meteor
Russia (USSR)4175 (Mi4216)1974Meteor
Russia (USSR)4175 card (Mi4216 card)Stamp and cachet on card1974Meteor
Russia (USSR)4175 card (Mi4216 card)Stamp and cachet on card19852Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet (design like Russia 4175) on stamped envelope1974Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneRussia 4175 and cachet on stamped envelope1974Meteor
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card1974Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1974(tiny) Meteor
Russia (USSR)4428 (Mi4461)1976Meteor
Russia (USSR)4591 fdc (Mi4650 fdc)Cachet on FDC1977Meteor
Russia (USSR)4595 (BL122)In (left) margin of SS1
Russia (USSR)4595 fdc1SS1 and (printed) cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)4595_stamp fdc(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC (of stamp from SS1), also back
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on cover back1977(possible) Meteor
Russia (USSR)4666 (Mi4730)1978Meteor
Russia (USSR)4666 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)4666 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4666 pinReproduction of stamp as metal pin
Russia (USSR)5058 fdc (Mi5189 fdc)Cachet on FDC, also detail1982Meteor
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp on postal card1982Meteor
Russia (USSR)None(Printed) cachet on stamped envelope1982Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1984Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on WMD stamped envelope1984Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on postal card (Moscow cancel)1984Meteor
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet (same) on postal card (Tallinn cancel)1984Meteor
Russia (USSR)5298 (Mi5440)1984Meteor
Russia (USSR)5299 (BL176)In (upper-right) margin of SS1
Russia (USSR)5299 fdcSS1 on FDC
Russia (USSR)5355a (Mi5496)In (right) margin of MS8 (8x 5355)1985Meteor
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1985Meteor
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet (same) on stamped envelope (different)
Russia (USSR)5246 cover (Mi5376 cover)Cachet on cover1986Meteor
Russia (USSR)5246 cover (Mi5376 cover)Cachet (same) on cover (different)1987Meteor
RussiaNoneCachet on cover, also detail1991Meteor
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope1992Meteor
RussiaNonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope1999(poorly-depicted) Meteor1
Russia6505 (BL25)In (lower-left) margin of SS11999(poorly-depicted) Meteor1
Russia6577 (BL31)In (upper-right) margin of SS12000Meteor
Russia6577 fdc1SS1 on FDC
Russia6577 fdc2SS1 on FDC (different)
Russia6788 cover (Mi1106 cover)(Two) cachets on cover2005(possible) Meteor
Russia7140 (Mi1549)From MS8 (7140a (4x (7139-7140)))2009Meteor-3M
Russia7140 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia7139-7140 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Russia7140a fdcMS8 on FDC
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope, also detail2011(tiny) Meteor
Sri Lanka1234 (Mi1187)1998Meteor
Sri Lanka1234 fdcStamp on FDC
United Nations (Vienna)261 (Mi295)One of block of 4 (263a (260-263)) (Mi294-297)1999(possible) Meteor
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 4520 (Mi225), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 5733 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6061 (Mi225), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6063 (Mi226), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6065 (Mi260), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6066 (Mi232), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6066A (Mi262), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6067 (Mi251), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocalCuba 2502 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068 (Mi233), from strip of 5, also overprint template
XhakasiaLocal fdc12 strips of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 4520 and 5733 on FDC(As above for stamps)
XhakasiaLocal fdc2Strip of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 on FDC

1Poorly-depicted Meteor items are similar to Meteor, but not necessarily in all aspects.
2Card cut from October page of International Kniga 1986 space calendar.
3See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
pre-Meteor (Russia/USSR)
1966-06-26: Kosmos-122
Russia (USSR)1966-06-26 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped) cover (AA no.116)2Kosmos-122 (pre-Meteor) launch
Russia (USSR)1966-06-26 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped) cover (AA no.116)2Kosmos-122 (pre-Meteor) launch
Meteor-1 (Russia/USSR)
1972-03-30: Meteor-1-11
Russia (USSR)1972-03-30Moscow International PO(Swanson) cachet on coverMeteor-1-11 launch; also APT
1972-10-26: Meteor-1-13
Russia (USSR)1972-10-26Moscow International PO(Swanson) cachet on coverMeteor-1-13 launch; also APT
1973-05-29: Meteor-1-15
Russia (USSR)1973-05-29Moscow International PO(W. Anklam) cachet on coverMeteor-1-15 launch (wrong depiction)1; also APT
1974-03-05: Meteor-1-16
Russia (USSR)1974-03-05Moscow International PO(W. Anklam) cachet on coverMeteor-1-16 launch
Meteor-2 (Russia/USSR)
No launch cover images available yet
Meteor-3 (Russia/USSR)
No launch cover images available yet
2001-12-10: Meteor-3M
No launch cover images available yet
Meteor-M (Russia)
2009-09-17: Meteor-M1 (and Sterkh-2 and IRIS and RS-28 and RS-38 and OSCAR-67 and BLITS)
Russia2009-09-17Kosmodrome Baikonur Kazakhstan(Printed) cachet on coverMeteor-M1 launch
2014-07-08: Meteor-M2
No launch cover images available yet
Meteor (on other than Meteor launch covers)
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Magenta and black printed) cachet on Geosat-1 launch coverMeteor-1
China (People's Republic)1994-04-02?(Printed) cachet on first FY-2A accident/explosion coverMeteor

1The satellite depicted on this item is no known spacecraft design.
2AA no. = Tartuski Klub Kollektsionerov (TKK) [Tartu Collector Club] "Astronautika Annaalid" number. See Jim Reichman's Philatelic Study Report on Tartu Space Club Covers, 1962-1978, 2011. (e-mail: jgreichman (at) datawest.net).


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