BS-2a

Yuri / BS-series
and BSat-series
satellites

BS-3a
Yuri-2a / BS-2aYuri-3a / BS-3a

This page contains philatelic information on Yuri / BS (Broadcasting Satellite) and BSat (Broadcasting 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)
Yuri / BS (Japan) Yuri / BS (Japan) Yuri / BS (Japan)
BSat (Japan) BSat (Japan) BSat (Japan)
BSat (on other than BSat launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (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"
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1997(possible) 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"
Broadcasting SATellite (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 (at left in cachet)


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (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 / BS-2x (and SuperBird-B) [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBS-2x launch
1994-07-08: Yuri-3n / BS-3n (and Panamsat-2)
French Guiana1994-07-08Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBS-3n launch
Broadcasting SATellite (BSat) (Japan)
1997-04-16: BSat-1a (and Thaicom-3)
French Guiana1997-04-16Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBSat-1a launch
1998-04-28: BSat-1b (and Nilesat-101)
French Guiana1998-04-28Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBSat-1b launch (incorrectly noted as "Insat-2E" in text)
2001-03-08: BSat-2a (and Eurobird-1)
French Guiana2001-03-08Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverBSat-2a launch
2001-07-12: BSat-2b (and ARTEMIS) [partial failure]
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Ruimtevaart Filatelie Club Nederland) cachet on cover, also insertBSat-2b launch [partial failure]; (SPOT-4/5 type also depicted)
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
2003-06-11: BSat-2C (and Optus-C1)
French Guiana2003-06-11Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-2c launch
2007-08-14: BSat-3a (and Spaceway-3)
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on cover (different cancel)BSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
2011-08-06: BSat-3c / JCSat-110R (and Astra-1N)
French Guiana2011-08-06Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-3c launch
BSat (on other than BSat launch covers)
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on Insat-2E launch coverReproduction of BSat-1b_and_Nilesat-101_cover


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