SPOT

SPOT and
IRS series


This page contains philatelic information on the SPOT (Satellite Probatoire de l'Observation de la Terre / Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre) series and the IRS (Indian Remote Sensing) 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.

Some of the IRS satellites have other names: OceanSat, ResourceSat, and CartoSat.

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)
SPOT (France) SPOT (France) SPOT (France)
IRS (India) IRS (India) IRS (India)


Below is a list of SPOT and IRS series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
SPOT (France)
Altai RepublicLocalCuba 3023 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5199?SPOT-1/2/3 type
Altai RepublicLocalCuba 3023 overprinted on 4x Russia 57261 (Mi5897), from strip of 5
Altai RepublicLocalCuba 3023 overprinted on 4x Russia 57281 (Mi5899), from strip of 5
Altai RepublicLocalCuba 3023 overprinted on 4x Russia 6067 (Mi251), from strip of 5
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2013"SPOT-5"
Central African Republic535 (Mi862A)
i535 (Mi862B)

Imperforate
1982SPOT-1/2/3 type
Central African Republic535a (BL203)On stamp of SS1 (535)
ChadUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2013"SPOT-5"
Comoro Islands386 (Mi487)
i386

Imperforate
1978SPOT-1/2/3 type
Comoro Islands386a (BL184)
i386a
On stamp of SS1 (386)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i386)
Congo (Republic)961b (BL89)
i961b
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (961)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i961)
1992"SPOT-2"
Cuba3023 (Mi3179)1988SPOT-1/2/3 type
Djibouti702 (Mi572)1992SPOT-1/2/3 type (in launch configuration)
Dominica2240 (BL406)In (left) margin of SS12000SPOT-1/2/3 type
FranceNoneCancel1984SPOT-1/2/3 type
FranceNoneCancel1985SPOT-1/2/3 type
FranceNoneMeter2001SPOT-4/5 type
France3358 (Mi4323)2007SPOT-4/5 type
France3358 fdcStamp on FDC
France3358 maxiMaxicard
FranceNoneCachet on envelope200?Réunion Island from SPOT at 830 km altitude
FranceNoneMeter and cachet (return address) on cover2010SPOT Image (Corp.)
French Polynesia587 (Mi605)1992"SPOT" high-resolution false-color images
French Polynesia587 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
French Polynesia588 (Mi606)
French Polynesia588 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
French Polynesia589 (Mi607)
French Polynesia589 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
French Polynesia590 (BL19)Imperforate SS1SPOT-1/2/3 type
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 (Mi219)From MS10 (C95a (10x C95))1986SPOT-1/2/3 type (on stamp); SPOT-1 false-color detail image (on FDC1 cachet), composed of pixels, of La Camargue (a region of France on the Mediterranean coast)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 dsDeluxe sheet (C95)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 scSouvenir card
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 maxiMaxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 fdc1Stamp and (Éditions J. F. Courbevoie/'FDC') cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC95 fdc2Stamp on FDC (PJ cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC130 (Mi326)1994SPOT-4/5 type
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC130 maxi1Maxicard
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC130 maxi2Maxicard (different cancel)
Gabon597 (Mi959)1986SPOT-1/2/3 type
Guinea Republic1189a (BL393)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1189)1992"SPOT-2"
Guinea RepublicMi4186A
Mi4186B
From SS1 (BL895A), or from MS4 (4x Mi4186A)
From imperforate SS1 (BL895B), or from imperforate MS4 (4x Mi4186B)
2005"SPOT-5"
Guinea RepublicMi4186A-4189A fdc
Mi4186B-4189B fdc
One of four stamps on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi4186A_ms4+4188A_ms4 fdc
Mi4186B_ms4+4188B_ms4 fdc
One of two MS4 on FDC
One of two imperforate MS4 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL899A
BL899B
On one of MS2 (Mi4186A-4187A)
On one of imperforate MS2 (Mi4186B-4187B)
Guinea RepublicBL899B fdcImperforate MS2 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1535In (upper-right) margin of SS12008SPOT-4/5 type
Jersey (Great Britain)559-562 fdc (Mi539-542 fdc)Cachet on FDC1991SPOT-1/2/3 type
LiberiaUnknown stamp (Mi?)Stamp from SS12016SPOT-1 launch (based on date on stamp)
Libya1633c (Mi2689)One of MS5 (1633 (a-f)) (Mi2687-2692)1999SPOT-1/2/3 type
Malagasy Republic1415h (Mi?)
i1415h
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999SPOT-1/2/3 type
Malagasy Republic1415hi (BL?)On stamp of SS1 (1415h)
Portugal (Madeira)151 maxi (Mi147 maxi)Cachet on maxicard1991(possible) SPOT-1/2/3 type
Portugal (Madeira)152a (Mi?)One of MS4 (152 (2x (151, 152a)))SPOT-1/2/3 type
St. Vincent3826a (Mi7069)
i3826a
One of MS4 (3826 (a-d)) (Mi7069-7072)
One of imperforate MS4 (i3826 (a-d))
2012"SPOT"-1/2/3 type
St. Vincent3826 fdc
i3826 fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
St. Vincent3826 proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
St. Vincent3827b (Mi7074)
i3827b
One of MS4 (3827 (a-d)) (Mi7073-7076)
One of imperforate MS4 (i3827 (a-d))
"SPOT"-4/5 type
St. Vincent3827 proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
St. Vincent3827 fdc
i3827 fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
St. Vincent3827a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
IRS / OceanSat / ResourceSat / CartoSat (India)
IndiaNoneCancel and cachet on cover1988IRS-1A and remote-sensing image
India1352 (Mi1295)1991"IRS-1A"
India1352 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
India1352 folderFolder
India1847 (Mi1782)2000"OceanSat-1" (IRS-P4)
India1847-1850 fdc (Mi1782-1785 fdc)One of four stamps and cancel on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1977 (BL679)In (upper-left) margin of SS12009"ResourceSat-1" (IRS-P6)

1See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
SPOT (France)
1986-02-22: SPOT-1 (and Viking (Sweden))
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSPOT-1 launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-1 launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on coverSPOT-1 launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Aérospatiale philatélie) cachet on coverSPOT-1 launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Swedish Space Corp.) cachet on coverSPOT-1 launch
French Guiana1986-02-21Kourou(Ouley) cachet on coverSPOT-1 launch
1990-01-22: SPOT-2 (and OSCAR-14/19)
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSPOT-2 launch
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-2 launch
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-2 launch
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSPOT-2 launch
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSPOT-2 launch
French Guiana1990-01-21Kourou(Non-specific) cachets on coverSPOT-2 launch
1993-09-26: SPOT-3 (and OSCAR-25/28)
French Guiana1993-09-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSPOT-3 launch
French Guiana1993-09-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-3 launch
French Guiana1993-09-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-3 launch (wrong depiction)
1998-03-24: SPOT-4
French Guiana1998-03-23Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)SPOT-4 launch
French Guiana1998-03-23Kourou(Lollini) cachet (same) on cover (red cancel)SPOT-4 launch
French Guiana1998-03-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (same) on coverSPOT-4 launch
2002-05-03: SPOT-5 (and OSCAR-47+48)
French Guiana2002-05-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSPOT-5 launch
French Guiana2002-05-03Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverSPOT-5 launch
2012-09-09: SPOT-6 (and PROITERES and mRESINS)
French Guiana2012-09-09Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSPOT-6 launch
2014-06-30: SPOT-7 (and CanX-4 and CanX-5 and AiSat-1 and VELOX-1 and VELOX-P3)
No launch cover images available yet
IRS / OceanSat / ResourceSat / CartoSat (India)
2005-05-05: IRS-P5 (and OSCAR-52)
No launch cover images available yet
2017-02-15: CartoSat-2D (and OSCAR-88 and others)
No launch cover images available yet


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