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This page contains philatelic information on Satcom (SATellite COMmunications) 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.

Satcom is also known as RCA Satcom, in recognition of their being built by RCA Astro Electronics Division for operation by RCA Americom.

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 Satcom-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Satcom
Guinea Republic950 (Mi1063A)
i950 (Mi1063B)
1985Satcom-1/2/3/3R/4 type
Guinea Republic950a (BL173A)
i950a (BL173B)
On stamp of SS1 (950)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i950)
Guinea Republic1019 (Mi1136A)
i1019 (Mi1136B)
1986Satcom-1/2/3/3R/4 type
Guinea Republic1019a (BL243A)
i1019a (BL243B)
On stamp of SS1 (1019)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1019)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Satcom
1975-12-12: Satcom-1
United States1975-12-12Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverSatcom-1 launch
United States1975-12-12Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on coverSatcom-1 launch
United States1975-12-12Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney purple) cachet on (airmail) cover, also backSatcom-1 launch
United States1975-12-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSatcom-1 launch
United States1975-12-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSatcom-1 launch
United States1975-12-12Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSatcom-1 launch
1976-03-26: Satcom-2
United States1976-03-26Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSatcom-2 launch
United States1976-03-26Cape Canaveral FL(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSatcom-2 launch
United States1976-03-26Kennedy Space Center FL(RCA) cachet on coverSatcom-2 launch
1981-11-20: Satcom-3 [partial failure]
United States1979-12-06Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSatcom-3 launch [partial failure]
1981-11-20: Satcom-3R
United States1981-11-19Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSatcom-3R launch
United States1981-11-19Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSatcom-3R launch
United States1981-11-19Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney magenta) cachet on coverSatcom-3R launch
1982-01-16: Satcom-4
United States1982-01-15Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSatcom-4 launch
United States1982-01-15Patrick AFB, FL (inverted)(Whitney orange) cachet on coverSatcom-4 launch
United States1982-01-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue printed) cachet on coverSatcom-4 launch
1982-10-28: Satcom-5
United States1982-10-27Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSatcom-5 launch (also "Satcom-2R" in text)
United States1982-10-27Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet on coverSatcom-5 launch
United States1982-10-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSatcom-5 launch
1983-04-11: Satcom-1R
United States1983-04-11Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue) cachet on coverSatcom-1R launch
United States1983-04-11Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on coverSatcom-1R launch
1983-09-08: Satcom-2R
United States1983-09-08Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and purple) cachet on coverSatcom-2R launch
1985-11-26: Satcom-Ku2 (with Morelos-2 and Aussat-A2 and OEX-Target from STS-31 (61B))
United States1985-11-26Greenbelt MD(Black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-61B launch
United States1985-11-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Orange and green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch
United States1985-11-27Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet (different) on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Houston TX(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
United States1985-11-27
1985-06-17
Houston TX
Houston TX
(Black printed) cachet on coverSTS-61B launch; Aussat-A2 deployed; Morelos-2 deployed
STS-51G launch; Morelos-1 deployed
United States1985-11-28Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-11-28Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-11-28Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSatcom-Ku2 deployed
United States1985-12-03Edwards AFB, CA(SSC) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-61B landing
United States1985-12-03Edwards AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-61B landing
1986-01-12: Satcom-Ku1 (from STS-32 (61C))
United States1986-01-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed
United States1986-01-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.126) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed
United States1986-01-12Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed
United States1986-01-12Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed
United States1986-01-12Waimea HI(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed
United States1986-01-12Houston TX(Gray-green printed) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed (Leasat/Syncom-4 depicted)
United States1986-01-12
1986-01-18
Cape Canaveral FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Black printed) cachet on coverSTS-61C launch; Satcom-Ku1 deployed (manipulator arm and fantasy telescope1 depicted)
STS-61C landing
United States1986-01-18Edwards CA(Brown printed) cachet on coverSTS-61C landing
1990-11-20: Satcom-C1 (and GStar-4)
French Guiana1990-11-20Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSatcom-C1 launch
1992-09-10: Satcom-C3 (and Hispasat-1A)
French Guiana1991-09-10Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSatcom-C3 launch ("Satcom-C4" in text)

1An fantasy-design telescope somewhat similar to Chandra/CXO is shown in an early-design stage, most likely due to the pre-launch date of these items, when the design was not finalized. A good example of this satellite is found on Chad 435.


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