ZY-1

ZY-1/CBERS,
ZY-2/Resource-2,
and ZY-3/Resource-3
series satellites

ZY-2 ZY-3
ZY-1ZY-2ZY-3

This page contains philatelic information on the ZY-1/CBERS, ZY-2/Resource-2, and ZY-3/Resource-3 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.

ZY-1 is also known at China Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS).

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)
ZY-1/CBERS (China/PRC-Brazil) ZY-1/CBERS (China/PRC-Brazil) ZY-1/CBERS (China/PRC-Brazil)
ZY-1 (on other than ZY-1 launch covers)
ZY-2/Resource-2 and ZY-3/Resource-3 (China/PRC) ZY-2/Resource-2 and ZY-3/Resource-3 (China/PRC) ZY-2/Resource-2 and ZY-3/Resource-3 (China/PRC)


Below is a list of ZY-1/CBERS, ZY-2, and ZY-4 series satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
ZY-1/CBERS (China/PRC-Brazil)
Brazil2933 (Mi3382)2004"CBERS-2"
Brazil2933 maxiStamp and cancel on maxicard
China (People's Republic)NonePostcard1997ZY-1/CBERS
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front1999ZY-1/CBERS
China (People's Republic)NoneCachet on stamped envelope2001ZY-1/CBERS
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2001ZY-1/CBERS
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown ss fdc (BL? fdc)Cachet on FDC2006ZY-1/CBERS
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013"China-Brazil Earth Observation Satellite" / "CBERS-3" logo
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"China-Brazil Earth Observation Satellite" / "CBERS-3" logo
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"China-Brazil Earth Observation Satellite" / "CBERS-3" logo
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"China-Brazil Earth Observation Satellite" / "CBERS-3" logo (also "CBERS-2" launch sequence)
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013"China-Brazil Earth Observation Satellite" / "CBERS-3" logo
ZY-2/Resource-2 and ZY-3/Resource-3 (China/PRC)
China (People's Republic)3684 (Mi3979)2008ZY-2/Resource-2

1Sich was an Earth-orbiting environmental-observing satellite. One side of the coin shows the satellite above the lunar surface, but that is incorrect. Sich was never anywhere near the Moon.
2Later Almaz reconnaissance satellites only, not earlier Almaz space stations.
3Ofeq military/reconnaissance satellites are included because of the similarity of Ofeq-3+ to EROS.


Below is a list of ZY-1/CBERS, ZY-2, and ZY-4 series satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
ZY-1/CBERS (China/PRC-Brazil)
1999-10-14: ZY-1-01/CBERS-1 (and SACI-1)
China (People's Republic)1999-10-14?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverZY-1-01 launch
China (People's Republic)1999-10-14?(Printed) cachet (different) on coverZY-1-01 launch
China (People's Republic)1999-10-14?(Printed) cachet (different) on coverZY-1-01 launch
China (People's Republic)1999-10-14?(Printed) cachet (different) on coverZY-1-01 launch (FY-1 depicted)
2003-10-21: ZY-1-02/CBERS-2 (and CX-1-01)
China (People's Republic)2003-10-21?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverZY-1-02 launch
2007-09-19: ZY-1-02B/CBERS-2B
United States2007-09-18Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverZY-1-02B launch
China (People's Republic)2007-09-19?(Printed) cachet on coverZY-1-02B launch
China (People's Republic)2007-09-19?(Printed) cachet (different) on coverZY-1-02B launch
China (People's Republic)2007-09-19?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on coverZY-1-02B launch
China (People's Republic)2007-09-19?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on coverZY-1-02B launch
2011-12-22: ZY-1-02C
China (People's Republic)2011-12-22?(Printed) cachet on coverZY-1-02C launch
2013-12-09: ZY-1-03/CBERS-3 [failed]
China (People's Republic)2013-12-09?(Printed) cachet on coverZY-1-03 launch [failed]
2014-12-07: ZY-1-04/CBERS-4
No launch cover images available yet
ZY-1 (on other than ZY-1 launch covers)
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on FY-3A launch coverZY-1/CBERS
China (People's Republic)2008-05-27?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on FY-3A launch coverZY-1/CBERS
ZY-2/Resource-2 (China/PRC)
2000-09-01: ZY-2-01
No launch cover images available yet
2002-10-27: ZY-2-02
China (People's Republic)2002-10-27?(Printed) cachet on coverZY-2-02 launch
2004-11-06: ZY-2-03
China (People's Republic)2004-11-06?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on cover, also backZY-2-03 launch
ZY-3/Resource-3 (China/PRC)
2012-01-09: ZY-3-01 (and VesselSat-2)
No launch cover images available yet
2016-05-30: ZY-3-02 (and OSCAR-87 and NuSat-2)
China (People's Republic)2016-05-30Kelan, ShanXi province(Printed) cachet on coverZY-3-02 launch


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