Skynet-1A

Skynet-series
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Skynet-5A
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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)
Skynet
(UK armed forces)
Skynet
(UK armed forces)
Skynet
(UK armed forces)


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 armed forces)
FranceNone1+label1On label with (Historiaphil) private post stamp2012Skynet-5D launch (with launch date)
FranceNone2+label2On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone6+label2On label (same) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone3+label3On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone4+label4On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone5+label5On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
Great BritainNoneCancel on cover1986"Skynet-4A"; also Space Shuttle, but there is no connection to the Skynet series)
Guinea Republic2252 (BL837)
i2252
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003Skynet-4 (but "Arabsat-3A" in text)
Isle of Man (Great Britain)984 (Mi1036-1037)Strip of 2 (984 (a-b))2003"Loral Skynet" [company] (but "Telstar-1" and "Telstar-8" depicted)
Isle of Man (Great Britain)981-984 fdcOne of four strips of 2 on FDC
Korea (North)4394 (BL600)In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (4394 (a-d))2004Skynet-5
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
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Skynet-5D"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL?)In (upper) margin of imperforate SS12005Skynet-5


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 armed forces)
1969-11-22: Skynet-1A
United States1969-11-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Carlos Altgelt) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
United States1969-11-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Orange sticker) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
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(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 States1969-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSkynet-1A launch
Skynet-1A (events)
United States1970-07-24Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on cover"drifting towards its final station in space above the Indian Ocean" ("Skynet #2" (Skynet-1B) in text is an error, since it was launched almost a month after the date of this cover)
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(Centennial) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.?) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.?) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.?) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Carlos Altgelt purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Carlos Altgelt blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson/DuBeau? blue and magenta rubber-stamp) 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 States1974-01-18Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Typed) cachet on (airmail) coverSkynet-2A launch [partial failure]
United States1974-01-18Merritt Island FL(Red rubber-stamp) 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 States1974-01-19Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney green and purple) cachet 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"
United States1974-11-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Satellite Beach FL(Whitney blue and magenta) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Greenbelt MD(Marconi Space & Defence Systems Ltd.) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Marconi Space & Defence Systems Ltd.) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
United States1974-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverSkynet-2B launch
Great Britain1974-11-23London(Marconi Space & Defence Systems Ltd.) 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(CPK red and black and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(CPK red and black and green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Space Medal Cover) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(MBB-ERNO Philatelie) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(CPK red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(CPK?) cachet on cardSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(Aérosptatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(CPK?) cachet on coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1988-12-10Kourou(CPK?) cachet (different) 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) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch (Meteosat depicted)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Printed) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK printed) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK printed) cachet (different) on launch cardSkynet-4B launch; also "Skynet-4A"
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(CPK printed and rubber-stamp) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(MBB/ERNO) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Aérospatiale) cachet on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)1 cachet on launch cover, also backSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)1 cachet (different) on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)1 cachet (different) on launch coverSkynet-4B launch
1999-02-26: Skynet-4E (and Arabsat-3A)
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Kourou Philatélie Spatiale) cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)2 cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)2 cachet (different) on coverSkynet-4E launch
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Association Philatélique du CNES)2 cachet (different) on coverSkynet-4E launch
French Guiana1999-02-26Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
Gabon1999-02-27Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-4E launch
2001-02-07: Skynet-4F (and SICRAL-1)
French Guiana2001-02-07Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverSkynet-4F launch
French Guiana2001-02-07Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverSkynet-4F launch
French Guiana2001-02-07Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-4F launch
Gabon2001-02-08Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-4F launch
2007-03-11: Skynet-5A (and Insat-4B)
French Guiana2007-03-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-5A launch
French Guiana2007-03-11Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverSkynet-5A launch
2007-11-14: Skynet-5B (and StarOne-C1)
French Guiana2007-11-14Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSkynet-5B launch
French Guiana2007-11-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverSkynet-5B launch
French Guiana2007-11-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on cover (different cancel)Skynet-5B launch
French Guiana2007-11-14Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverSkynet-5B launch
2008-06-12: Skynet-5C (and Turksat-3A)
French Guiana2008-06-12Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverSkynet-5C launch (FR-1 depicted)
French Guiana2008-06-12Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverSkynet-5C launch
French Guiana2008-06-12Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on cover (different cancel)Skynet-5C launch
2012-12-19: Skynet-5D (and MexSat-3)
French Guiana2012-12-19Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverSkynet-5D launch
French Guiana2012-12-19Kourou(Historiaphil) cachet on coverSkynet-5D launch
French Guiana2012-12-19Kourou(Historiaphil) cachet (same) on cover (different cancel)Skynet-5D launch

1From a packet of three covers for the Ariane V38 launch, also back.
2From a packet of three covers for the Ariane V116 launch.


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