TDF-1

TDF and TV-Sat
series

TV-Sat-1
TDF-1TV-Sat-1

This page contains philatelic information on TDF (Télédiffusion de France) and TV-Sat (TeleVision SATellite) 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.

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)
TDF (France) TDF (France) TDF (France)
TV-Sat (Germany) TV-Sat (Germany) TV-Sat (Germany)


Below is a list of TDF and TV-Sat series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
TDF (France)
Central African Republic862a (BL426A)
i862a (BL426B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (862)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i862)
1987"TDF-1"
Central African Republic896a (BL445A)
i896a (BL445B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (896)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i896)
1987"TDF-1"
Chad440B (BL151)
i440B
On stamp of SS1, gold foil
On stamp of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1983"TDF-1"
Congo (People's Republic)BL68A
BL68B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1991"TDF-2"
Congo (Republic)1035a (BL122A)
i1035a (BL122B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (1035)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1035)
1993"TDF-1"
Guinea Republic1108 (BL319)In (upper-left) margin of SS11988"TDF-1"
Guinea Republic1187Ab (BL415)
i1187Ab
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1187A), gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1187A), gold foil
1992"TDF-1"
Malagasy Republic1173Ft (BL241A)
i1173Ft (BL241B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (1173F)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1173F)
1994"TDF-2"
Malagasy Republic1335 (BL272)
i1335
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1997"TDF-1" (one dish antenna either hidden behind spacecraft body or missing)
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1998"TDF-2" (one dish antenna either hidden behind spacecraft body or missing)
TV-Sat (Germany)
Central African RepublicBL448A
BL448B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1988"TV-Sat"
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987"TV-Sat"
Guinea Republic1107a (BL325A)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1107)1988"TV-Sat"
TDF or TV-Sat (which?)
Andorra (French)403 (Mi423)1991TDF or TV-Sat
Central African Republic813 (Mi1235A)
i813 (Mi1235B)

Imperforate
1986TDF or TV-Sat
Central African Republic813a (BL388)On stamp of SS1 (813)
Central African Republic899a (BL450A)
i899a (BL450B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (899)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i899)
1987TDF or TV-Sat
Chad437 (Mi956A)
i437 (Mi956B)

Imperforate
1983TDF or TV-Sat (lower-left on stamp)
Chad437a (BL147A)
i437a (BL147B)
On stamp of SS1 (437)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i437)
Chad439b (Mi953A-958A)
i439b (Mi953B-958B)
On one of MS6 (434-439)
On one of imperforate MS6 (i434-i439)
Chad676Bc (Mi1421A)
i676Bc (Mi1421B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (676B)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i676B)
1996"Télé-Directe" (TDF or TV-Sat)
France2255 (Mi2835)1991TDF or TV-Sat
Germany1467 (Mi1290)1986"TDF-1" and "TV-Sat"
Guinea Republic1036 (Mi1156)1987TDF or TV-Sat
Guinea Republic1036b (BL263)On stamp of SS1 (1036)
Guinea Republic1039a (Mi1154-1159)On one of MS6 (1039a (1034-1039))
Guinea Republic1058a (BL285A)
i1058a (BL285B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1058)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1058)
1987TDF or TV-Sat
Malagasy Republic801 (Mi1067)1987TDF or TV-Sat
Malagasy Republic804Ab (BL56)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (804A), gold foil
Malagasy Republic804b (Mi1065-1070)On one of MS6 (799-804)


Below is a list of TDF and TV-Sat series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
TDF (France)
1988-10-28: TDF-1
French Guiana1988-10-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverTDF-1 launch
1990-07-24: TDF-2 (and DFS-2/Kopernikus-2)
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Photo and printed) cachet on coverTDF-2 launch
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverTDF-2 launch
French Guiana1990-07-24Kourou(Printed) cachet (different) on coverTDF-2 launch
TV-Sat (Germany)
1987-11-21: TV-Sat-1
No launch cover images available yet
1989-08-08: TV-Sat-2 (and HIPPARCOS)
French Guiana1989-08-08Kourou(Ariane) cachet on coverTV-Sat-2 launch
France1989-08-09Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverTV-Sat-2 launch
Germany1989-08-09Darmstadt(Printed) cachet on coverTV-Sat-2 launch
Netherlands1989-08-09Noordwijk(Estec Philatelic Club) cachet on coverTV-Sat-2 launch


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