RS-2

Radio Sputnik (RS)
and Iskra
series satellites

RS-16
RS-1RS-16

This page contains philatelic information on the RS (Radio Sputnik) 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.

See also the amateur (ham) radio page, for items related to, but that do not include amateur radio satellites.

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)
RS
(Russia/USSR)
RS
(Russia/USSR)
RS
(Russia/USSR)
Iskra
(Russia/USSR)
Iskra
(Russia/USSR)
Iskra
(Russia/USSR)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Radio Sputnik (RS) (Russia/USSR)
Korea (North)2402 (Mi2495)1984RS
Korea (North)3267 (Mi3485)1993RS
Korea (North)3265-3269 proofsDeluxe proofs
Korea (North)3265a (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (3365-3266+3269)
Korea (North)3265b (BL?)On one stamp and in (upper-left) margin of MS3 (3265+3267-3268)
Korea (North)4597 (Mi5113)3267 surcharged2006RS
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (right and lower-left) margins of MS3 (a-c)
In (right and lower-left) margins of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Zeya" / RS-16 (in right margin); "Chibis-M" / RS-39 (in lower-left margin)
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Ioubileiny" (Yubileiny) / RS-30
MaliUnknown fdcMS3 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Mozhaes-5" (Mozhayets-5) / RS-25
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"RS-20"
Russia (USSR)4733 (Mi4820)1979RS-1, RS-2
Russia (USSR)4917 (Mi5048)1981RS
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1985RS
Russia (USSR)NoneQSL card back?"RS"
Russia (USSR)NoneQSL card back?"Radio Satellite", "RS-10", and "RS-11"
Iksra (Russia/USSR)
Russia (USSR)5138a label (Mi5267-5268 label)Label from strip of 2 (5138a (5137-5138 + label))1983"the radio-amateur satellites Iskra-2 and Iskra-3 were deployed" (translation of 5th bullet text)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Radio Sputnik (RS) (Russia/USSR)
1978-10-26: RS-2 / Iskra-4A (with Kosmos-1045)
No launch cover images available yet
1991-01-29: RS-14 (OSCAR-21)
No launch cover images available yet
1997-10-05 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M36]
1997-11-04 (deployed from Mir): RS-17a (Sputnik-40) (and Inspector-1)
No launch cover images available yet
1998-10-25 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M40]
1998-11-10 (deployed from Mir): RS-18 (Sputnik-41)
No launch cover images available yet
1999-04-02 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M41]
1999-04-16 (deployed from Mir): RS-19 (Sputnik-99)
No launch cover images available yet
2001-11-26 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M1-7]
2002-02-14 (deployed from ISS): RS-21 (Kolibri-2000)
Russia2001-11-26Kosmodrome Baikonur(Printed) cachet on coverRS-21 (Kolibri-2000) launch (to ISS)
Russia2002-02-14Korolev-1, 141071 Moscow Oblast(Printed) cachet on coverRS-21 (Kolibri-2000) deployed (from ISS)
2005-10-27: RS-25 (and OSCAR-53 and OSCAR-58 and others)
No launch cover images available yet
2009-09-17: RS-28 (and Meteor-M1 and Sterkh-2 and IRIS and OSCAR-67 and RS-38 and BLITS)
Russia2009-09-17Kosmodrome Baikonur Kazakhstan(Printed) cachet on coverRS-28 (UGATUSAT) launch
2008-05-23: RS-30 (and Kosmos-2437/2439)
Russia2008-05-23Kosmodrome Plesetsk(Printed) cachet on coverRS-30 (Yubileiny) launch
2009-09-17: RS-38 (and Meteor-M1 and Sterkh-2 and IRIS and OSCAR-67 and RS-28 and BLITS)
Russia2009-09-17Kosmodrome Baikonur Kazakhstan(Printed) cachet on coverRS-38 (Universitat-2 / Tatyana-2) launch
2011-10-30 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M-13M]
2012-01-23 (deployed from ISS): RS-39 (Chibis-M)
No launch cover images available yet
Iskra (Russia/USSR)
1981-07-10: Iskra-1 (and Meteor-1-31) [failed to deploy]
No launch cover images available yet
1982-05-14 (launched with Salyut-7)
1982-05-17 (deployed from Salyut-7): Iskra-2
No launch cover images available yet
1982-10-31 (launched to Salyut-7) [with Progress-16]
1982-11-18 (deployed from Salyut-7): Iskra-3
No launch cover images available yet
1978-10-26: Iskra-4A / RS-2 (with Kosmos-1045)
No launch cover images available yet


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