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Palapa-series
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This page contains philatelic information on the Palapa-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)
Palapa (Indonesia) Palapa (Indonesia) Palapa (Indonesia)
Palapa (on other than Palapa launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Palapa (Indonesia)
Central African Republic761 (Mi1165A)
i761 (Mi1165B)

Imperforate
1985"Palapa-B2 recovery" (in French text), with Space Shuttle manipulator arm
Central African Republic761a (BL347A)
i761a (BL347B)
On stamp of SS1 (761)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i761)
Guinea Republic931 (BL135A)
i931 (BL135B)
SS1
Imperforate SS1
1985"Récupération du satellite Palapa B2, novembre 1984" (with Space Shuttle manipulator arm)
Guinea Republic2253 (BL833)
i2253
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Anatolia-1" (formerly Palapa-C1)
Guinea Republic2253 fdcSS1 on FDC
Indonesia977 (Mi845)1976
Indonesia977a (Mi845+?)From booklet pane of 9 (4x 977 + 5x 987)1978
Indonesia1006 (Mi879)1977
Indonesia1174 (Mi1051)1982
Indonesia1175 (Mi1052)
Indonesia1174-1175 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
Indonesia1192 (Mi1094)1983
Indonesia1199 (Mi1101)1983"Palapa-B"
Indonesia1215 (BL52)On stamp of SS11983
Indonesia1295 (Mi199)1986
Indonesia1313 (Mi1220)1987"Palapa-B2"
Indonesia1314 (Mi1221)
Indonesia1366 (Mi1279)1988
Indonesia1519 (Mi1440)1992"Palapa-B4"
Indonesia1520 (Mi1441)
Indonesia1519-1521 fdcTwo of three stamps and cachet on FDC(As above)
Indonesia1643 (Mi1597)1996"Palapa-C"
Indonesia1644 (Mi1598)
Indonesia1694 (Mi1681)1997(likely) Palapa-C
Indonesia1693-1694 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
IndonesiaUnknown (Mi?)One of strip of 6 (a-f)2016"Palapa-D"
Sierra Leone1074h (Mi1264)One of MS9 (1074 (a-f)) (Mi1257-1265)1989Either Palapa-B2 or Westar-6 (based on "STS-10, 1984" (in text, probably referring to 10th Shuttle launch, STS-11)
Sierra Leone1074h specimenOne of MS9 (1074 specimen (a-f)), overprinted "specimen"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Palapa (Indonesia)
1976-07-08: Palapa-A1
United States1976-07-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverPalapa-A1 launch
United States1976-07-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverPalapa-A1 launch
1977-03-10: Palapa-A2
United States1977-03-10Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverPalapa-A2 launch (mis-labeled "Palapa-B" in text)1 (Palapa-A1/A2 type or Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted3)
United States1977-03-10Kennedy Space Center FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverPalapa-A2 launch (mis-labeled "Palapa-B" in text)1 (Palapa-A1/A2 type or Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted3)
United States1977-03-10Patrick AFB, FL(Typed and black and cyan rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverPalapa-A2 launch (mis-labeled "Palapa-B" in text)1
United States1977-03-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial covers, with logo)2 cachet on coverPalapa-A2 launch (mis-labeled "Palapa-B" in text)1
United States1977-03-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial covers, with logo)2 cachet on coverPalapa-A2 launch (mis-labeled "Palapa-B" in text)1
United States1977-03-10Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverPalapa-A2 launch
1983-06-18: Palapa-B1 (and Anik-C2 and SPAS-1 from STS-7)
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
United States1983-06-18
1983-10-08
Detroit MI
Dearborn Heights MI
(Sally Ride Paper Doll) cachet on coverSTS-7 launch; Anik-C2 (Telesat-7) deployed
Wolvpex 1982
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.58) cachet on coverPalapa-B1 deployed; ("Amik-C" mis-spelled in text)
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverPalapa-B1 deployed
United States1983-06-22Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
United States1983-06-22Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.59) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
United States1983-06-22
1981-05-21
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSPAS-1 deployed
USA 1914 FDC
United States1983-06-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-7 landing
1984-02-03: Palapa-B2 (and Westar-6 and SPAS-1A from STS-11 (41B))
United States1984-02-03Downey CA(Pictorial) cancel and (printed) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-03
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Blue and red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-06
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(Green and red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
Palapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-11
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Green and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover, also back and (Rockwell International) insert and (Rockwell International) insert backSTS-41B launch; Westar-6 deployed
STS-41B landing
United States1984-02-06Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet (different) on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-06Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-02-06
1984-11-12
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 deployed
Palapa-B2 recovered
1984-11-08: Palapa-B2 recovered (and Anik-D2 and Leasat-F2 and Westar-6 recovered by STS-19 (51A))
United States1984-11-08Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-08Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.86) cachet on coverSTS-51A launch
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverAnik-D2 (Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-09Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverAnik-D2 ("Telesat-H" / Telesat-8) deployed
United States1984-11-10Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLeasat-F2 (Syncom-4-1) deployed
United States1984-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.87) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
United States1984-11-12
1984-02-06
Houston TX
Houston TX
(SCCS) cachet on coverPalapa-B2 recovered
Palapa-B2 deployed
United States1984-11-14Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club/mission patch) cachet on coverWestar-6 recovered
United States1984-11-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.89) cachet on coverSTS-51A landing
1987-03-20: Palapa-B2P
Spain1987-03-20Madrid(Space Voyage) cachet on coverPalapa-B2P launch
1992-05-14: Palapa-B4
United States1992-05-13Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverPalapa-B4 launch
1996-02-01: Palapa-C1
United States1996-01-31Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverPalapa-C1 launch
1996-05-15: Palapa-C2 (and AMOS-1)
French Guiana1996-05-15Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverPalapa-C2 launch
French Guiana1996-05-15Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale) cachet on coverPalapa-C2 launch
2009-08-31: Palapa-D
China (People's Republic)2009-08-31Sha Ba Post Office 1 in Mian Ning, Sichuan(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPalapa-D launch
Palapa (on other than Palapa launch covers)
See Westar4 (on other than Westar launch covers)

1Palapa-A2 appears to have been called Palapa-B at the time these covers were issued.
2Rare/exceptional launch cover with a "Centennial Covers" text logo.
3The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover; the comsat design is similar to that of the Palapa-A1/A2 type or Westar-1/2/3 type satellites.
4The Palapa-A1/A2 type and Westar-1/2/3 type are essentially identical.


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