BS-2a

Yuri / BS-series
and BSat-series
satellites

BS-3a
Yuri-2aYuri-3a

This page contains philatelic information on Yuri / BS (Broadcasting Satellite) and BSat (Broadcasting SATellite) 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)
Yuri / BS (Japan) Yuri / BS (Japan) Yuri / BS (Japan)
BSat (Japan) BSat (Japan) BSat (Japan)


Below is a list of Yuri / BS and BSat-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Yuri / BS (Japan)
Central African Republic902a (BL453A)
i902a (BL453B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (902)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i902)
1987BS-2A/2B
Central African RepublicBL559A
BL559B
In (upper) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1994BS-3B (not "B5-3B" as in text)
Central African Republic1110b (BL_D580A)
i1110b (BL_D580B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1110)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1110)
1996"BS-3B"
Chad692 (BL264)
i692
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1996"BS-3B"
Congo (Republic)C411 (BL109A)
iC411 (BL109B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1992"BS-3B"
Congo (Republic)1034a (BL121A)
i1034a (BL121B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (1034)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1034)
1993"Yuri-2B"
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (lower-center) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (lower-center) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987"BS-3A"
Japan2135 (Mi2108)One of pair (2135a (2134-2135))1992BS-3A
Japan2135 mihonOne of pair (2135a mihon (2134-2135)) overprinted "mihon"
Japan2135a fdcOne of pair and cancel on (airmail) FDC
JapanNonePhonecard1992"Broadcasting Satellite-3"
Malagasy Republic799 (Mi1065A)
i799 (Mi1065B)

Imperforate
1987BS-2
Malagasy Republic799a (BL50A)
i799a (BL50B)
On stamp of SS1 (799)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i799)
Malagasy Republic804b (Mi1065-1070)On one of MS6 (799-804)
Malagasy Republic1173L (BL243A)
i1173L (BL243B)
In (upper) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1994"BS-3b"
Maldive Islands1578 (Mi1598)1991"Broadcasting Satellite-2 (BS-2a, 2b)"
Mali608 (BL35A)
i608 (BL35B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1994"Yuri-2B"
Mali681 (BL63A)
i681 (BL63B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, 608 overprinted
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, i608 overprinted
1994"Yuri-2B"
Mali852a (BL_A98A)
i852a (BL_A98B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (852)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i852)
1996"Yuri-3A"
Mali853a (BL_B98A)
i853a (BL_B98B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (853)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i853)
"BS-3B"
Mali854a (BL_C98A)
i854a (BL_C98B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (854)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i854)
"Yuri-2B"
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"BSE" (in text only)
ZaireMi1244A-1245A ms2
Mi1244B-1245B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1244A-1245A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1244B-1245B)
1996"Yuri-2B"
ZaireMi1248A-1249A ms2
Mi1248B-1249B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1248A-1249A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1248B-1249B)
"Yuri-3A"
BSat (Japan)
ChadMi2592+2594+2596_ms3In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (Mi2592+2594+2596)2012"BSat-2"
ChadUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2012"BSat-3c"
Guinea RepublicBL884A-885A fdcCachet on FDC2005BSat-2a/2b (left-hand satellite)


Below is a list of Yuri / BS and BSat-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Yuri / BS (Japan)
1978-04-07: Yuri-1 / BSE
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverBSE launch (but "Radio Astronomy Explorer" (Explorer-38/49 type) depicted)
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Hamilton Standard/United Technologies) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07GSFC, MD(GSFC) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on (airmail) coverBSE launch
1990-02-22: Yuri-2x (and SuperBird-B) [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBS-2x launch
1994-07-08: Yuri-3n (and Panamsat-2)
No launch cover images available yet
BSat (Japan)
2007-08-14: BSat-3a (and Spaceway-3)
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-3 launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on coverBSat-3 launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on cover (different cancel)BSat-3 launch
2011-08-06: BSat-3c (JCSat-110R) (and Astra-1N)
No launch cover images available yet


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