Ulysses

Ulysses
satellite

Ulysses patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the Ulysses satellite. 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.

The spacecraft was originally named Odysseus, because of its lengthy and indirect trajectory to near Solar distance. At ESA's request, it was renamed Ulysses (the Latin translation of "Odysseus") in honour of Homer's mythical hero.

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)
Ulysses Ulysses Ulysses
Ulysses (on other than Ulysses launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Ulysses
Antigua and Barbuda2243f (Mi2927)
i2243f
One of MS6 (2243 (a-f)) (Mi2922-2927)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2243 (a-f))
1999"Ulysses"
Barbuda1790f (Mi2387)One of MS6 (1790 (a-f)) (Mi2382-2387), Antigua and Barbuda 2243f overprinted2000"Ulysses"
Central African RepublicC278 (Mi866A)
iC278 (Mi866B)

Imperforate
1982
Central African RepublicC278a (BL207)On stamp of SS1 (C278)
ChadUnknown (Mi?)
Unknown imperf

Imperforate
2005
ChadUnknown fdc1
Unknown imperf fdc1
One of four stamps and cachet on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps and cachet on FDC
ChadUnknown fdc2
Unknown imperf fdc2
Cachet (different) on FDC
Cachet (different) on imperforate FDC
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On one of MS4
On one of imperforate MS4
ChadUnknown ms fdc1
Unknown ims fdc1
MS4 and cachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC
ChadUnknown ms fdc2
Unknown ims fdc2
MS4 and cachet (with reproduction of Cyprus 779) on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet (with reproduction of Cyprus 779) on FDC
Shown with booster attached (in cachet)
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On one of MS8 (a-h)
On one of imperforate MS8 (a-h)
ChadUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS8 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS8 and cachet on FDC
Congo (Republic)924 (Mi1279A)
i924 (Mi1279B)
One of MS3 (924b (922-924)) (Mi1277A-1279A)
One of imperforate MS3 (i924b (i922-i924)) (Mi1277B-1279B)
1991"Ulysses"
Congo (Republic)924a (BL75A)On stamp of SS1 (924)
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12009"Ulysses"
Congo RepublicUnknown ss fdcSS1 on FDC
Cyprus779 (Mi771)From MS20 (779a (20x 779))1991"Ulysses" (with booster attached)
Cyprus779 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Cyprus779 fdoiFDOI card, also back
Cyprus779 maxi1Maxicard, also back
Cyprus779 maxi2Maxicard (different), also back
Cyprus779-780 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
Cyprus779-780 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC (slightly different)
Cyprus779-780 fdc3One of two stamps on FDC (different)
Cyprus779-780 fdoiFDOI card
Cyprus779-780 folderFolder, also back
Djibouti589a (BL109)In (upper-right) margin of MS2 (588-589)1984"Ulysses"
Great Britain1375 fdc (Mi1338 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back1991"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi4543A
Mi4543B

Imperforate
2006"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi4541A-4544A fdc
Mi4541B-4544B fdc
One of four stamps on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps on FDC
(As above for stamps)
Guinea RepublicBL1118A
BL1118B
On one of MS2 (Mi4543A-4544A)
On one of imperforate MS2 (Mi4543B-4544B)
"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicBL1117A-1118A fdc
BL1117B-1118B fdc
On one of two MS2 on FDC
On one of two imperforate MS2 on FDC
(As above for stamps)
Guinea RepublicBL1391In (lower-left) margin of SS12007"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicBL1391 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5733-5738 ms6In (upper-right) margin of MS6 (Mi5733-5738)2008"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi5733-5738_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea-BissauMi4546One of MS5 (Mi4545-4549)2010"Ulysses"
Guinea-BissauMi4545-4549_ms5 fdcOne of MS5 and cachet on FDC
Guyana2874h (Mi4927)
i2874b
One of MS9 (2874 (a-i)) (Mi4920-4928)
One of imperforate MS9 (i2874 (a-i))
1994"Ulysses"
Hungary3286 (Mi4133)1991"Ulysses" and trajectory
Hungary3286-3287 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
MaliUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS2 (a-b)
One of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2006"Ulysses" (with booster attached)
MozambiqueBL201-203 fdcCachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC2005
RomaniaNoneCancel2005"Ulysses"
RwandaUnknown j (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010"Ulysses"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1: stamp-on-stamp: Hungary 3286
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2005
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Vincent1563a (Mi1883)One of MS8 (1563 (a-h)) (Mi1883-1890)1991
St. Vincent1563a specimenOne of MS8 (1563 specimen (a-h))
St. Vincent1563 proofMS8 imperforate proof
St. Vincent2791c (Mi4930)
i2791c
One of MS6 (2791 (a-f)) (Mi4928-4933)
One of MS6 (i2791 (a-f))
2000"Ulysses"
San Marino1308 (Mi1575)1994"Ulysses" and trajectory
San Marino1309 (Mi1576)
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298b (Mi304)One of MS2 (298 (a-b + label)) (BL9)1991"Ulysses"
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298 fdcMS2 on FDC
United StatesNone(Mission patch) cachet on cover1993"Ulysses" patch
United StatesNoneCancel2000"Ulysses" (with Space Shuttle, "10th anniv." STS-41/Discovery-deployment)
United States3410a fdc (Mi3367 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC2000"Ulysses"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1990-10-06: Ulysses (from STS-41)
Netherlands1990-10-06NoordwijkMeter and (ESA) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
Spain1990-10-06Madrid(ESA) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Houston TX(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Lollini) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-06Downey CA(Pictorial) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch: Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Blue and purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch: Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Cape Canaveral FL(Black and purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch: Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Patrick AFB, FL(Black and blue and purple and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch: Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06
1990-10-06
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(?) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery) deployed
United States1990-10-10Edwards AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 landing
United States1990-10-10Edwards AFB, CA(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-41 landing
Ulysses (anniversaries)
United States2000-07-06Houston TX(Solar Study Station) cancel on cover"10th anniv." deployment Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery deployment)
United States2000-07-08Houston TX(Solar Study Station) cancel on cover"10th anniv." begin boost? Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery deployment)
United States2000-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL rubber-stamp) cachet on cover"10th anniv." deployment Ulysses (STS-41/Discovery deployment)
Ulysses (events)
United States2007-02-07Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on cover"Ulysses Observes Sun's South Pole"
Ulysses (on other than Ulysses launch covers)
United States1994-09-09Kennedy Space Center FLInsert from SPARTAN-201-F2 launch cover (Mission patch cachet), also frontwill "measure aspects of the Sun's corona in support of the Ulysses spacecraft's south polar pass of the Sun"
United States1995-09-10Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Printed) cachet on SPARTAN-201-F3 recovery cover"Earth-Sun relationship during joint ...Ulysses operations"


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