Superbird-A

Superbird-series satellites
(and other Japanese communications satellites)

N-Star-a
Superbird-AN-Star-a

This page contains philatelic information on Superbird series (and other Japanese communications satellites) 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)
Superbird
(Japan)
Superbird
(Japan)
Superbird
(Japan)
N-Star
(Japan)
N-Star
(Japan)
N-Star
(Japan)


Below is a list of Superbird-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Superbird (Japan)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
N-Star (Japan)
Chad690a (BL?, Mi1415)
i690a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (690)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i690)
1996"N-Star"
ChadBL466In (upper-left) margin of SS12012"[N-]Star-C"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Superbird (Japan)
1989-06-05: Superbird-A (and DFS-1)
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-A launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Cyan printed and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSuperbird-A launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverSuperbird-A launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-A launch
French Guiana1989-06-05Kourou(MBB-ERNO Philatelie) cachet on coverSuperbird-A launch
1992-12-01: Superbird-A1
French Guiana1992-12-01Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-A1 (not "Superbird-A" as in text) launch (Meteosat depicted)
1990-02-22: Supberbird-B (and Yuri-2x) [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-B launch
1992-02-26: Superbird-B1 (and Arabsat-1C)
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale) cachet (different) on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(PJ) cachet on cover, also backSuperbird-B1 launch
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(Lollini) cachet (and signature) on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
French Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
France Guiana1992-02-26Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
France1992-02-27Paris(Lollini black and blue printed) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
France1992-02-27Paris(Lollini printed) cachet (same except black only) on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
France1992-02-26Nice(Lollini) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
Gabon1992-02-27Libreville(Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverSuperbird-B1 launch
2000-02-18: Supberbird-4
French Guiana2000-02-17Kourou(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverSuperbird-4 launch
2008-08-14: Superbird-7 (and AMC-21)
French Guiana2008-08-14Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverSuperbird-7 launch
N-Star (Japan)
1995-08-29: N-Star-a
France Guiana1995-08-29Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverN-Star-a launch (SPOT depicted)
1996-02-05: N-Star-b
France Guiana1996-02-05Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverN-Star-b launch (TDF and TV-Sat prouulsion depicted)
2002-07-05: N-Star-c (and Stellat-5)
France Guiana2002-07-05Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverN-Star-c launch


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