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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


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) cachet (and signature) on cover, also SBS-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
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 States1982-11-12Cape 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 States1982-11-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-5 spacewalk canceled
United States1982-11-16Houston TX(Zaso/IASP no.51) cachet on coverSTS-5 landing
United States1982-11-16Edwards CA(Centennial) 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
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(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 States1984-08-30
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(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(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverTelstar-3C deployed
United States1984-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(Rockwell International) 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
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(Printed) cachet on coverSBS-5 launch
French Guiana1988-09-08Kourou(Printed) cachet (different) on coverSBS-5 launch
1990-10-12: SBS-6 (and Galaxy-6)
United States1990-10-12Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSBS-6 launch


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