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This page contains philatelic information on SBS (Satellite Business Systems) series. 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 SBS-series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Satellite Business Systems (SBS)
Angola1115 (BL70)On stamp of SS11999"SBS-4" (being deployed from STS-16 (41D) / Discovery)
DjiboutiC234a (BL142)
iC234a
In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (C234)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC234)
1987"SBS"
DjiboutiC234a fdcSS1 on FDC
United States1557 cover
2114 cover
(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also detail1981
1986
SBS-3 ("First satellite launch from Shuttle STS-5")


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Satellite Business Systems (SBS)
1980-11-15: SBS-1
United States1980-11-15Cape Canaveral FL(Orange and green printed) cachet (and signature) on coverSBS-1 launch
United States1980-11-15Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney purple and blue) cachet on coverSBS-1 launch
United States1980-11-15Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on (airmail) coverSBS-1 launch
United States1980-11-15Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSBS-1 launch
1981-09-24: SBS-2
United States1981-09-24Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSBS-2 launch
United States1981-09-24Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS ser.82/5) cachet (and signature) on cover, also backSBS-2 launch
United States1981-09-24Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet on coverSBS-2 launch
United States1981-09-24Satellite Beach FL(Whitney blue and purple) cachet on coverSBS-2 launch
United States1981-09-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSBS-2 launch
United States1981-09-24Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSBS-2 launch
1982-11-11: SBS-3 (and Anik-C3 from STS-5)
United States1982-09-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 rollout
United States1982-10-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSBS-3 and Anik-C3 loaded aboard Columbia
United States1982-11-07Houston TX(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 final countdown begins
United States1982-11-11Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Mountain View CA(NASA Ames Research Center) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Boulder CO(NOAA-SEL black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-11Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-5 launch; SBS-3 deployed
United States1982-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverAnik-C3 (Telesat-6) deployed
United States1982-11-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverAnik-C3 (Telesat-6) deployed
United States1982-11-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverAnik-C3 (Telesat-6) deployed
United States1982-11-12Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverAnik-C3 (Telesat-6) deployed
United States1982-11-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 spacewalk canceled
United States1982-11-16Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.51) cachet on coverSTS-5 landing
United States1982-11-16Edwards CA(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 landing
United States1982-11-16Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-5 landing
United States1982-11-22Edwards CA(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 leaves for KSC
1984-08-30: SBS-4 (and Telstar-3C and Syncom-4-2 from STS-16 (41D))
United States1984-08-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41D second rollout
Ascension Island1984-08-30Ascension(Space Voyage purple and red) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
Chile1984-08-30Santiago(Space Voyage brown and red) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Sticker and printed) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed ("SB-4" in text)
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(KSC Philatelic Society) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Cape Canaveral FL(Red and magenta and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Brown and magenta and black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Signature only) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
United States1984-08-30
1984-08-31
Kennedy Space Center FL
Houston TX
(Hughes mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
Leasat-F1 (Syncom-4-2) deployed
United States1984-08-30
1981-05-21
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-41D launch; SBS-4 deployed
USA 1917 FDC
United States1984-08-31Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.79) cachet on coverLeasat-F1 (Syncom-4-2, not "Syncom-4-1", as in text) deployed
United States1984-08-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLeasat-F1 (Syncom-4-2) deployed
United States1984-08-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLeasat-F1 (Syncom-4-2) deployed
United States1984-09-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red printed and magenta rubber-stamp) cachets on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet (and signatures) on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Hughes black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"OAST-1 solar array unfolded"
United States1984-09-01Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.80) cachet on cover"the 1st extension test of the Advanced Solar Array Technology Panel (OAST-1)" and "AT&T's Telstar-3B/Skynet satellite was deployed today" (but Telstar-3C, not Telstar-3B)
Japan1984-09-05Kadena, Okinawa(Space Voyage black and red) cachet on coverSTS-41D landing
United States1984-09-05WSMR Branch, NM(Space Voyage blue and red) cachet on coverSTS-41D landing
United States1984-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41D landing
United States1984-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backSTS-41D landing
United States1984-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(Black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on (airmail) coverSTS-41D landing
United States1984-09-05Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-41D landing
1988-09-08: SBS-5 (and GStar-3)
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(Red and green and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(Black and blue and red and yellow printed) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(MBB/ERNO) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(KPS?) cachet on cardSBS-5 launch
1990-10-12: SBS-6 (and Galaxy-6)
French Guiana1990-10-12Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverSBS-6 launch
French Guiana1990-10-12Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSBS-6 launch


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