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This page contains philatelic information on the Skynet (SKY NETwork) 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.

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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Skynet (UK)
Isle of Man (Great Britain)984 (Mi1036-1037)Strip of 2 (984 (a-b))2003"Loral Skynet" [company] (but Telstar depicted)
Malagasy Republic1539e (Mi2495)
i1539e
One of MS6 (1539 (a-f)) (Mi2491-2496)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1539 (a-f))
2000"Skynet-4B"
Malagasy Republic1539 proofOn one of imperforate proof MS6
Malagasy Republic1539 fdcMS6 on FDC
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"Skynet-5D"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Skynet (UK)
1969-11-22: Skynet-1A
United States1969-11-21Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertSkynet-1A launch
United States1969-11-21Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue and red) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
United States1969-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertSkynet-1A launch
United States1969-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
United States1969-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson/DuBeau? magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
United States1970-07-24Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on cover"drifting towards its final station in space above the Indian Ocean" ("Skynet #2" in text)
1970-08-19: Skynet-1B
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL(Riser/Andromeda Cover no.14) cachet on (airmail) coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney red and blue) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on cover, also insertSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.?) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
1974-01-19: Skynet-2A [partial failure]
United States1974-01-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-19Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-19Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-18Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
1974-11-23: Skynet-2B
United States1974-11-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch; also "Skynet-1" (in text)
Great Britain1974-11-23London(Printed) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-23Cape Canaveral FL(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
1990-01-01: Skynet-4A (and JSCsat-2)
United States1989-12-31Cape Canaveral FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSkynet-4A launch
1988-12-11: Skynet-4B (and Astra-1A)
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Red and black and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Red and black and green rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Printed) cachet (different) on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSkynet-4B launch
Germany (West)1988-12-11none(Printed) cachet on launch cardSkynet-4B launch
1990-08-30: Skynet-4C (and Eutelsat-2-F1)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Green and black rubber-stamp) cachets on launch coverSkynet-4B launch (Meteosat depicted)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Printed) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Club philatélique de Kourou) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch; also "Skynet-4A" (in text)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
1999-02-26: Skynet-4E (and Arabsat-3A)
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
2001-02-07: Skynet-4F (and SICRAL-1)
French Guiana2001-02-07Kourou(?) cachet on coverSkynet-4F launch
2007-03-11: Skynet-5A (and Insat-4B)
French Guiana2007-03-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-5A launch
2007-11-14: Skynet-5B (and StarOne-C1)
French Guiana2007-11-14Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-5B launch
2008-06-12: Skynet-5C (and Turksat-3A)
French Guiana2008-06-12Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSkynet-5C launch (FR-1 depicted)
2012-12-29: Skynet-5D (and MexSat-3)
No launch cover images available yet


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