Olympus

Olympus / L-Sat


This page contains philatelic information on the Olympus / L-Sat. 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 Olympus satellite was originally named L-Sat (Large-SATellite).

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)
Olympus / L-Sat
(ESA)
Olympus / L-Sat
(ESA)
Olympus / L-Sat
(ESA)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Olympus / L-Sat (ESA)
AustraliaNone(ANPEX) cancel1982(possible early-design) Olympus
Andorra (Spanish)212 (Mi221)1991"Olympus"
Andorra (Spanish)213 (Mi222)
Belgium1399 (Mi2458)1991"Olympus"
Central African RepublicC279A (Mi868)
iC279A

From imperforate MS4 (4x iC279A)
1982"L-sat"
Central African RepublicC279Ac (BL208)On stamp of SS1 (C279A)
Central African Republic859a (BL423A)
i859a (BL423B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (859)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i859)
1987"Olympus"
Central African Republic860a (BL424A)
i860a (BL424B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (860)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i860)
"L-Sat"
Central African RepublicBL454A
BL454B
In (right) margin of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
1989"Olympus"
Chad706c (Mi1495A)
i706c (Mi1495B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (706 (a-f)) (Mi1493A-1498A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i706 (a-f)) (Mi1493B-1498B)
1997"L-sat" (in selvedge text)
Comoro Islands650a (BL252)
i650a
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (650)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i650)
1988
Comoro Islands651a (BL253)
i651a
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (651)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i651)
Comoro Islands698 (Mi890A)
i698 (Mi890B)

Imperforate
1989"Olympus"
Comoro Islands698a (BL299A)
i698a (BL299B)
On stamp of SS1 (698)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i698)
Congo (People's Republic)BL67A
BL67B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1991"Olympus"
Congo (Republic)988 (BL97A)
i988 (BL97B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1992"Olympus"
Congo (Republic)C418 (BL113)In (right) margin of SS11993
Congo (Republic)1033a (BL120A)
i1033a (BL120B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (1034)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1034)
1993"Olympus"
DjiboutiC215a (BL117A)
iC215a (BL117B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1985
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (lower-right) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987"Olympus"
Guinea Republic1032a (BL259A)
i1032a (BL259B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1032)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1032)
1987
Guinea Republic1035 (Mi1155)1987
Guinea Republic1035b (BL262)On stamp of SS1 (1035)
Guinea Republic1039a (Mi1154-1159)On one of MS6 (1039a (1034-1039))
Guinea Republic1055a (BL282A)
i1055a (BL282B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1055)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1055)
1987
Guinea Republic1187B (BL416)
i1187B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1992"Olympus"
Guinea Republic1251 (BL466A)
i1251 (BL466B)
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
1993Olympus (but "ECSC-2" in text)
Guinea Republic1252b (BL471A)
i1252b (BL471B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (1252), gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1252), gold foil
Guinea Republic1267E (BL490)In (upper) margin of SS1, 1251 overprinted in gold1994Olympus (but "ECSC-2" in text)
Italy1553a label (Mi1834-1837 label)On one of two labels with block of 4 (1553a (1550-1553 + 2 labels))1983
Jersey (Great Britain)562 (Mi542)1991"Olympus"
Jersey (Great Britain)559-562 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Liechtenstein955 (Mi1011)1991
Liechtenstein955 maxiMaxicard
Malagasy Republic804 (Mi1070A)
i804 (Mi1070B)

Imperforate
1987Intelsat-5
Malagasy Republic804a (BL55A)
i804a (BL55B)
On stamp of SS1 (804)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i804)
Malagasy Republic804b (Mi1065-1070)On one of MS6 (799-804)
Malagasy Republic978 (BL139A)
i978 (BL139B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1990"Olympus"
Malagasy Republic1145 (BL224A)
i1145 (BL224B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 978 overprinted in gold
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, i978 overprinted in gold
1993"Olympus"
Malagasy Republic1145 silver (BL224A silver)
i1145 silver (BL224B silver)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 978 overprinted in silver
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, i978 overprinted in silver
Malagasy Republic1173J (BL240A)
i1173J (BL240B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1994"Olympus"
Malagasy Republic1288E (BL260A)
i1288E (BL260B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 1173J overprinted in gold
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1, i1173J overprinted in gold
1994"Olympus"
Malagasy Republic1539c (Mi2493)
i1539c
One of MS6 (1539 (a-f)) (Mi2491-2496)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1539 (a-f))
2000"Olympus-1"
Malagasy Republic1539 proofOn one of imperforate proof MS6
Malagasy Republic1539 fdcMS6 and cachet on FDC
Malawi611 (Mi612)1991
Portugal1860a (Mi1863)1991"Olympus-1"
Portugal1860 (BL78)MS4 (2x (1859+1860a)) (Mi1862-1864)
Portugal1859 fdcCancel and cachet on FDC
Portugal1860 fdcMS4 and cancel (same) and cachet on FDC
Spain2649 (Mi2991)1991"Olympus"
Spain2648-2649 fdcOne of two stamps and (S.F.C. A797 (FNMT)) cachet on FDC
United StatesNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1984"Olympus"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Olympus / L-Sat pre-launch (events)
United States1984-10-30Pasadena CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOlympus "solar simulation tests at JPL"
1989-07-12: Olympus / L-Sat (ESA)
French Guiana1989-07-11Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOlympus-1 launch
French Guiana1989-07-11Kourou(Two black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverOlympus-1 launch
French Guiana1989-07-11Kourou(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOlympus-1 launch
French Guiana1989-07-11Kourou(Printed) cachet (different) on coverOlympus-1 launch
French Guiana1989-07-11Kourou(Green printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverOlympus-1 launch
France1989-07-12Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverOlympus-1 launch
Netherlands1989-07-12Noordwijk(Estec Philatelic Club) cachet on coverOlympus-1 launch


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