communications satellite

Communications
satellites


Below are checklists of communications satellites, including launch dates and images of the satellites. This is a work in progress, and completeness is our goal. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Communications satellites are often referred to as comsats, but the authors in general do not use this terminology.

Unlike most of our web pages, no attempt is made to be complete for the satellite series prefaced by "selected" on this page.


Satellite series covered:


US Echo-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Shotput-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1959-10-28ShotputEchoEcho
Shotput-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-01-16
Shotput-3 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-02-27
Shotput-4 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-04-01
Echo-1 [failed]1960-05-13Echo
Echo
Echo-1
Shotput-5 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-05-31Shotput
Echo-1A1960-08-12Echo-1
Big Shot-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket [failed]1962-01-15
Big Shot-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1962-07-18
Echo-2 (Echo-C)1964-01-25Echo-2

US Courier-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Courier-1A [failed]1960-08-18Courier-1ACourier-1A
Courier-1B1960-10-04Courier-1BCourier-1B
Courier-1B

US Telstar-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Telstar-11962-07-10Telstar-1
Telstar-1
Telstar
Telstar
Telstar
Telstar
Telstar
Telstar-1
TelstarTelstar
Telstar-21963-05-07
Telstar-301 / Telstar-3A / Arabsat-1E1983-07-28Telstar-301
Telstar-3
Telstar-3
Telstar-302 / Telstar-3C [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30
Telstar-303 / Telstar-3D1 [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17
Telstar-4011993-12-16Telstar-401
Telstar-4021994-09-09
Telstar-402R / Telstar-41995-09-23
Telstar-5 / Intelsat Americas-5 / Galaxy-251997-05-24Telstar-5/6/7 type
Telstar-6 / Intelsat Americas-6 / Galaxy-261999-02-15
Telstar-7 / Intelsat Americas-7 / Galaxy-271999-09-25
Telstar-8 / Intelsat Americas-8 / Galaxy-282005-06-23Telstar-8
Telstar-9Canceled
Telstar-10 / APStar-2R1997-10-17Telstar-10
Telstar-11 / Orion-11994-11-29Telstar-11
Telstar-12 / Orion-21999-10-19Telstar-12
Telstar-13 / Intelsat Americas-13 / Galaxy-23 / Echostar-92003-08-08Telstar-13
Telstar-14 / Estrela do Sul-12004-01-11Telstar-14
Telstar-18 / APStar-52004-06-29Telstar-18
Telstar-11N2009-02-26Telstar-11N
Telstar-14R / Estrela do Sul-22011-05-20Telstar-14R

1There is disagreement among various sources on whether this should be called Telstar-3D or Telstar-3B!

US Relay-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Relay-11962-12-13Relay-1RelayRelay
Relay-21964-01-21

US SYNchronous COMmunications satellite (Syncom) / LEAsed SATellite (Leasat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Syncom-11963-02-14Syncom-1
Syncom-1
Syncom
Syncom
SyncomSyncom
Syncom-21963-07-26
Syncom-31964-08-19
Syncom-4-2 / Leasat-F1 [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30Leasat
Syncom-4-1 / Leasat-F2 [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Syncom-4-3 / Leasat-F3 [STS-51D/Discovery-deployed]1985-04-12
Syncom-4-3 / Leasat-F3 [STS-51I/Discovery-repaired]1985-08-29
Syncom-4-4 / Leasat-F4 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-29
Syncom-4-5 / Leasat-F5 [STS-32R/Columbia-deployed]1990-01-09

(Selected) INternational TELecommunications SATellite consortium (Intelsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Intelsat-1 / Early Bird1965-04-06Intelsat-1
Intelsat-1
Intelsat-1+2+3+4+4A
Early Bird (Intelsat-1)Early Bird (Intelsat-1), Bird-named Intelsat-2s, and Intelsat-2-4
Intelsat-2-1 / Blue Bird / Atlantic-1 [partial failure]1966-10-26Intelsat-2
Intelsat-2
Blue Bird (Intelsat-2-1)
Intelsat-2-2 / Lani Bird / Pacific-11967-01-11Lani Bird (Intelsat-2-2)
Intelsat-2-3 / Canary Bird / Atlantic-21967-03-23Canary Bird (Intelsat-2-3)
Intelsat-2-4 / Pacific-21967-09-28Intelsat-2-4
Intelsat-3 series (1 — 8)1968-09-19 — 1970-07-23Intelsat-3Intelsat-3 seriesIntelsat-3+4+4A+6 series
Intelsat-4 series (1 — 8)1971-01-25 — 1975-05-22Intelsat-4
Intelsat-4-4
Intelsat-4-8
Intelsat-4 series
Intelsat-4A series (1 — 6)1975-09-26 — 1978-03-31Intelsat-4A
Intelsat-4A
Intelsat-4A series
Intelsat-5 series (1 — 9)1980-12-06 — 1984-06-09Intelsat-5Intelsat-5 seriesIntelsat-5+7+later series
Intelsat-5A series (10 — 15)1985-03-23 — 1989-01-27Intelsat-5AIntelsat-5A series
Intelsat-6-11991-10-29Intelsat-6Intelsat-6 seriesIntelsat-3+4+4A+6 series
Intelsat-6-21989-10-27
Intelsat-6-3 [rocket-launched]1990-03-14
Intelsat-6-3 [STS-49/Endeavour-repaired and re-deployed]1992-05-07
Intelsat-6-41990-06-23
Intelsat-6-51991-08-14
Intelsat-K1992-06-09Intelsat-K
Intelsat-7 series (1 — 5, and 9)1993-10-22 — 1996-06-15Intelsat-7
Intelsat-7 (patch)
Intelsat-7 seriesIntelsat-5+7+later series
Intelsat-7A series (6 — 8)1995-05-17 — 1996-02-14Intelsat-7AIntelsat-7A series
Intelsat-24 / AMOS-11996-05-16AMOS-1AMOS-1AMOS
Intelsat-8 series (1 — 4)1997-03-01 — 1997-12-22Intelsat-8Intelsat-5+7+later series
Intelsat Americas series (5 — 9, 13)1997-05-24 — 2008-09-24
Intelsat-8A series (5 — 6)1998-06-18 — 1998-02-27Intelsat-8A
Intelsat-APR-2 / Insat-2E1999-04-03Insat-2EInsatInsat
Intelsat-9 series (1 — 7)2001-06-09 — 2003-02-15Intelsat-9Intelsat-5+7+later series
Intelsat-10-1Canceled
Intelsat-10-22004-06-16Intelsat-10-2
Intelsat-11 / Panamsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11Intelsat-11Intelsat-5+7+later series
Intelsat-1W / Thor-62009-10-29Thor-6
Intelsat-28 / New Dawn2011-04-22New DawnNew Dawn
New Dawn
New Dawn

US WEstern union STAR (Westar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Westar-1 (Westar-A)1974-04-13Westar-1
Westar
WestarWestar
Westar-2 (Westar-B)1974-10-10
Westar-3 (Westar-C)1979-08-10
Westar-41982-02-26Westar-4
Westar-51982-06-09
Westar-6 [STS-41B/Challenger-deployed]1984-02-03
Westar-6 [STS-51A/Discovery-recovered] / now AsiaSat-11984-11-08

Canadian Anik / Telesat series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Anik-A1 / Telesat-1 (Telesat-A)1972-11-10Anik-A
Anik-A
AnikAnik
Anik-A2 / Telesat-2 (Telesat-B)1973-04-19
Anik-A3 / Telesat-3 (Telesat-C)1975-05-07
Anik-B1 / Telesat-4 (Telesat-D)1978-12-15Anik-B1
Anik-C1 / Telesat-9 (Telesat-I) / Nahuel-I1 / Brazil-1T [STS-51D/Discovery-deployed]1985-04-12Anik-C/D type
Anik-C2 / Telesat-7 (Telesat-G) / Nahuel-I2 [STS-7/Challenger-deployed]1983-06-18
Anik-C3 / Telesat-6 (Telesat-E) [STS-5/Columbia-deployed]1982-11-11
Anik-D1 / Telesat-5 (Telesat-F)1982-08-26
Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 (Telesat-H) / Satcom-4R / Arabsat-1DR [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Anik-E11991-09-26Anik-E1
Anik-E21991-04-04
Anik-ER2 / formerly Galaxy-3R1995-12-15
Anik-F12000-11-21Anik-F1
Anik-F1R200?Anik-F1R
Anik-F22004-07-18Anik-F2
Anik-F32007-04-09Anik-F3
Anik-G12013-04-15Anik-G1

Indian National Satellite (Insat) series:

(Insat (with meteorological instrumentation) are hightlighted in pale yellow)

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Insat-1A1982-04-10Insat
Insat-1
Insat-1A
InsatInsat
Insat-1B [STS-8/Challenger-deployed]1983-08-30
Insat-1C1988-07-21
Insat-1D1990-06-12
Insat-2A / SARSAT1992-07-09Insat-2
Insat-2
Insat-2A
Insat-2B / SARSAT1993-07-22
Insat-2C / SARSAT1995-12-06Insat-2C
Insat-2D / SARSAT1997-06-04
Insat-2DT / Arabsat-1C1992-02-26
Insat-2E / Intelsat-APR-21999-04-03Insat-2E
Insat-3A / SARSAT2003-04-09Insat-3A
Insat-3B2000-03-31Insat-3B
Insat-3C2002-01-23Insat-3C
Insat-3D (meteorological only) / SARSAT2013-07-25Insat-3D
Insat-3E2003-09-27Insat-3E
Insat-4A2005-12-21Insat-4A
Insat-4B2007-03-11Insat-4B
Insat-4C [failed]2006-07-10Insat-4C
Insat-4CR2007-09-02
Insat-4D (GSat-5)20xx-?Insat-4D
Insat-4E (GSat-6)201x-?Insat-4E
Insat-4F (GSat-7)2013-08-09Insat-4F
Insat-4G (GSat-8)2011-05-20Insat-4G
GSat-8
Insat-3DR (meteorological only)2016-09-08Insat-3DR

China/PR Asia-Pacific STAR (APStar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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APStar-11994-07-21APStar-1APStar-1
APStar-1 (back)
APStar-1
APStar-1 (back)
APStar-1
APStar-1 (back)
APStar-1
APStar-1
APStar-1
APStar-1 (back)
APStar-1
APStar-1
"APStar-1"
APStar-21995-01-26APStar-2APStar-2
APStar-1A1996-07-03
APStar-2R / Telstar-101997-10-16APStar-2RTelstarTelstar
APStar-5 / Telstar-182004-06-29
APStar-62005-04-12APStar-6
APStar-72012-03-31APStar-7APStar-7
APStar-7
APStar-92015-10-16APStar-9APStar-9

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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NATO-1 (also known as IDCSP or DSCS-1)
NATO-2A1970-03-20NATO-2NATONATO
NATO-2B1971-02-03
NATO-3A1976-04-22NATO-3A
NATO-3B1977-01-28
NATO-3C1978-11-19
NATO-3D1984-11-14
NATO-4A1991-01-08NATO-4A
NATO-4B (USA-98)1993-12-08

French-German Symphonie-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Symphonie-1 (Symphonie-A)1974-12-19Symphonie-1
Symphonie-1
Symphonie (patch)
Symphonie (patch)
SymphonieSymphonie
Symphonie-2 (Symphonie-B)1975-08-27

Satellite Italiano Ricerca Industriale Orientata (SIRIO) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SIRIO-1 (SIRIO-A)1977-08-25SIRIO-1
SIRIO
SIRIOSIRIO
SIRIO-2 (SIRIO-B) [failed]1982-09-10SIRIO-2

German TeleVision SATellite (TV-Sat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TV-Sat-11987-11-21TV-Sat-1TV-SatTV-Sat
TV-Sat-21989-08-08

French TÚlÚDiffusion de France (TDF) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TDF-11988-10-28TDF-1TDFTDF
TDF-21990-07-24

European Orbital Test Satellite (OTS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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OTS-1 (OTS-A) [failed]1977-09-13OTS-1
OTS
OTSOTS
OTS-2 (OTS-B)1978-05-11

(Selected) Luxembourg Astra-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Astra-1A1988-12-11Astra-1AAstraAstra
Astra-1B1991-03-02Astra-1B
Astra-1C1993-05-12Astra-1C
Astra-1D1994-11-01
Astra-1E1995-10-19Astra-1E
Astra-1F1996-04-08
Astra-1G1997-12-02Astra-2A
Astra-1H1999-06-18
Astra-1K [partial failure]2002-11-25Astra-1K
Astra-1KR2006-04-20Astra-1KR
Astra-1L2007-05-05Astra-1L
Astra-1M2008-11-05Astra-1M
Astra-1N2011-08-06Astra-1N
Astra-2A1998-08-30Astra-2A
Astra-2B2000-09-14Astra-2B
Astra-2C2001-06-16Astra-2A
Astra-2D2000-12-20Astra-2D
Astra-2E2013-09-29Astra-2E
Astra-2F2012-09-28
Astra-2G2014-12-27
Astra-3A2002-03-29Astra-3A (similar to Astra-2D)
Astra-3B2010-05-21Astra-3B

Norway Thor-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thor-1 / MarcoPolo-21990-08-18Marcopolo-1"Thor"
"Thor"
Thor-21997-05-21Thor-2
Thor-31998-06-09
Thor-5 (Thor-2r)2008-02-11Thor-2r
Thor-6 / Intelsat-1W2009-10-29Thor-6
Thor-72015-04-26Thor-7

European HotBird-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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HotBird-11995-03-28HotBird-1 (with Brasilsat-B2)HotBird-1(+Brasilsat-B2)
HotBird-1(+Brasilsat-B2)
HotBird-1(+Brasilsat-B2)
HotBird-1(+Brasilsat-B2)
HotBird-21996-11-21
HotBird-31997-09-02HotBird-3 (with Meteosat-7)
HotBird-41998-02-27
HotBird-51998-10-09
HotBird-62002-08-21
HotBird-7A2006-03-11HotBird-7A (with SpainSat)

MARitime communications SATellite (Marisat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Marisat-1 (Marisat-A)1976-02-19Marisat-1
Marisat-1
MarisatMarisat
Marisat-2 (Marisat-B)1976-06-09
Marisat-3 (Marisat-C)1976-10-14

MARitime European Communications Satellite (Marecs) / MARitime Orbital Test Satellite (MARots) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Marecs-1 (Marecs-A)1981-12-20MarecsMarecsMarecs
Marecs-B [failed]1982-09-10
Marecs-2 (Marecs-B2)1984-11-10

INternational MARitime SATellite (Inmarsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Inmarsat-2-F11990-10-30Inmarsat-2InmarsatInmarsat
Inmarsat-2-F21991-03-08
Inmarsat-2-F31991-12-16
Inmarsat-2-F41992-04-15
Inmarsat-3-F11996-04-03Inmarsat-3
Inmarsat-3-F21996-09-06
Inmarsat-3-F31996-12-18
Inmarsat-3-F41997-06-03
Inmarsat-3-F51998-02-04
Inmarsat-4-F12005-03-11Inmarsat-4
Inmarsat-4-F22005-11-08
Inmarsat-4-F32008-08-19
Inmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat2013-07-25Alphasat
Inmarsat-5-F12013-12-08Inmarsat-5
Inmarsat-5-F22015-02-01
Inmarsat-5-F32015-08-28
Inmarsat-5-F42017-05-15

COMmunications STAR (Comstar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Comstar-1A (Comstar-D1)1976-05-13Comstar-1ComstarComstar
Comstar-1B (Comstar-D2)1976-07-22
Comstar-1C (Comstar-D3)1978-06-29
Comstar-1D (Comstar-D4)1981-02-21

(Selected) ECHO STAR (Echostar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Echostar-11995-12-28Echostar-1Echostar-1
Echostar-21996-09-11Echostar-2
Echostar-31997-10-05Echostar-3Echostar-3
Echostar-41998-05-07
Echostar-51999-09-23
Echostar-62000-07-14Echostar-6
Echostar-72002-02-21
Echostar-82002-08-22Echostar-8
Echostar-9 / Telstar-132003-08-08TelstarTelstar
Echostar-192016-12-18Echostar-19

Spacenet-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Spacenet-1 / now ChinaSat-51984-05-23Spacenet-1"Spacenet"
Spacenet-2 / now ChinaSat-5R1984-11-10Spacenet-2 (with Marecs-2)
Spacenet-3 [failed]1985-09-12Spacenet-3 (with Eutelsat-1-F3)
Spacenet-3R1988-03-11Spacenet-3R (with TÚlÚcom-1C)
Spacenet-4 / formerly ASC-21991-04-13ASC-2Spacenet-4

Brazilian Brasilsat series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Brasilsat-A11985-02-08Brasilsat-A1Brasilsat-A1(+Arabsat-1A)"Brasilsat"
"Brasilsat"
Brasilsat
Brasilsat
Brasilsat
"Brasilsat"
"Brasilsat"
Brasilsat-A21986-03-28
Brasilsat-B11994-08-10Brasilsat-BBrasilsat-B (upper-left margin)
Brasilsat-B (upper-left margin)
Brasilsat-B (left margin)
Brasilsat-B
Brasilsat-B21995-03-28Brasilsat-B2 (with HotBird-1)Brasilsat-B2(+HotBird-1)
Brasilsat-B2(+HotBird-1)
Brasilsat-B2(+HotBird-1)
Brasilsat-B2(+HotBird-1)
Brasilsat-B31998-01-22Brasilsat-B3 (with Inmarsat-3-F5)
Brasilsat-B42000-08-17

Indonesian Palapa-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Palapa-A11976-07-08Palapa-A1PalapaPalapa
Palapa-A21977-03-10
Palapa-B1 [STS-7/Challenger-deployed]1983-06-18Palapa-B1
Palapa-B2 [STS-41B/Challenger-deployed]1984-02-03
Palapa-B2 [STS-51A/Discovery-recovered]1984-11-08
Palapa-B2P1987-03-20
Palapa-B2R1990-04-13
Palapa-B41992-05-14
Palapa-C1 / HGS-3 / Anatolia-1 / Paksat-11996-02-01Palapa-C
Palapa-C21996-05-16
Palapa-D12009-08-31Palapa-D

UK Skynet (SKY NETwork) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Skynet-1A1969-11-22Skynet-1ASkynetSkynet
Skynet-1B1970-08-19
Skynet-2A1974-01-19Skynet-2A
Skynet-2B1974-11-23
Skynet-3Canceled
Skynet-4A1990-01-01Skynet-4A
Skynet-4B1988-12-11
Skynet-4C1990-08-30
Skynet-4D1998-01-10
Skynet-4E1999-02-26
Skynet-4F2001-02-07
Skynet-5A2007-03-11Skynet-5A
Skynet-5B2007-11-14
Skynet-5C2008-06-12
Skynet-5D2012-12-19

UK Marcopolo / British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Marcopolo-1 / BSB-R1 / Sirius-11989-08-27Marcopolo-1"Marcopolo-1"
"Marcopolo-1"
Marcopolo-2 / BSB-R2 / Thor-11990-08-18

German Deutscher Fernmelde Satellit (DFS) / Kopernikus-series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DFS-1 / Kopernikus-11989-06-05DFSDFSDFS
DFS-2 / Kopernikus-21990-07-24
DFS-3 / Kopernikus-3 / HellasSat-11992-10-12

Japanese Ayame / Experimental Communications Satellite (ECS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Ayame-1 (ECS-A) [failed]1979-02-06Ayame-1Ayame-1
Ayame-1
Ayame-2 (ECS-B)1980-02-22Ayame-2
Ayame-2
Ayame-2
Ayame-2 (insert)

(Selected) Japanese Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (BS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Yuri-1 / BSE1978-04-07Yuri / BSYuri / BS
Yuri-2a / BS-2a1984-01-23BS-2a
Yuri-2b / BS-2b1986-02-12
Yuri-2x / BS-2x [failed]1990-02-23
Yuri-3a / BS-3a1990-08-28BS-3a
Yuri-3h / BS-3h [failed]1991-04-19BS-3h
Yuri-3b / BS-3b1991-08-25
Yuri-3n / BS-3n1994-07-08

(Selected) Japanese Broadcasting Satellite (BSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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BSat-1a1997-04-16BSat-1a
BSat-1b1998-04-28
BSat-2a2001-03-08BSat-2a
BSat-2b2001-07-12
BSat-2c2003-06-11
BSat-3a2007-08-14BSat-3aBSat-3a (with Spaceway-3)
BSat-3c / JCSat-110R2011-08-06BSat-3cBSat-3c (with Astra-1N)"BSat-3c"

Japanese Communications Satellite (CS) / Sakura series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Sakura-1 / CS-11977-12-15CS-1Sakura / CSSakura / CS
Sakura-2A / CS-2A1983-02-04CS-2a
Sakura-2B / CS-2B1983-08-05
Sakura-3A / CS-3A1988-02-19CS-3a
Sakura-3B / CS-3B1988-09-16

(Selected) Japanese Communications SATellite (JCSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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JCSat-11989-03-06JCSat-1JCSat-1 (with Meteosat-4)
JCSat-21990-01-01JCSat-2 (with Skynet-4A)
JCSat-31995-08-29JCSat-3/4 type
JCSat-41997-02-18
JCSat-51997-12-02JCSat-5/6 type
JCSat-61999-02-16
JCSat-82002-03-29JCSat-8
JCSat-9 (JCSat-5a) / N-Star-d2006-04-12JCSat-9
JCSat-102006-08-11JCSat-10
JCSat-11 [failed]2007-05-09
JCSat-122009-08-21
JCSat-132012-05-15JCSat-13
JCSat-110R / BSat-3c2011-08-06BSat-3cJCSat-110R (with Astra-1N)"BSat-3c"
JCSat-142016-05-06JCSat-14JCSat-14
JCSat-152016-12-21JCSat-15JCSat-15 (with StarOne-D1)
JCSat-15 (with StarOne-D1)
JCSat-15 (with StarOne-D1)
JCSat-162016-08-14JCSat-16
JCSat-172019-?

(Selected) EUropen TELcommunications SATellite (Eutelsat) / European Communications Satellite (ECS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Eutelsat-1-F1 / ECS-11983-06-16Eutelsat-1EutelsatEutelsat
Eutelsat-1-F2 / ECS-21984-08-04
Eutelsat-1-F3 / ECS-3 [failed]1985-09-12
Eutelsat-1-F4 / ECS-41987-09-16
Eutelsat-1-F5 / ECS-51988-07-21
Eutelsat-2-F11990-08-30Eutelsat-2
Eutelsat-2-F21991-01-16
Eutelsat-2-F31991-12-07
Eutelsat-2-F41992-07-10
Eutelsat-2-F51994-01-24
Eutelsat-16C / SESAT2000-04-17SESAT
Eutelsat-12-West-A / Atlantic Bird-12002-08-28
eBird-1 / Eutelsat-33A/31A2003-09-27eBird-1
Eutelsat-25B / Es'hail-12013-08-29Eutelsat-25B
Eutelsat-9B / EDRS-A2016-01-29Eutelsat-9B

French TELECOMmunications (TÚlÚcom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TÚlÚcom-1A1984-08-04TÚlÚcom-1ATÚlÚcomTÚlÚcom
TÚlÚcom-1B1985-05-08
TÚlÚcom-1C1988-03-11
TÚlÚcom-2A1991-12-16TÚlÚcom-2A
TÚlÚcom-2B1992-04-15
TÚlÚcom-2C1995-12-06
TÚlÚcom-2D1996-08-08

Indonesian TELeKOMmunications (Telkom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Telkom-11999-08-12Telkom-1Telkom-1
Telkom-22005-11-16Telkom-2Telkom-2
Telkom-32012-08-06Telkom-3

(Selected) AUStralian communications SATellite (Aussat) / Optus series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Aussat-A1 / Optus-A1 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-27Aussat-AAussatAussat
Aussat-A2 / Optus-A2 [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27
Aussat-A3 / Optus-A31987-09-16
Aussat-B1 / Optus-B11992-08-13Optus-B
Aussat-B2 / Optus-B21992-12-21
Aussat-B3 / Optus-B31994-08-27
Optus-D12006-10-13Optus-D1
Optus-D22007-10-05Optus-D2
Optus-D32009-08-21

Mexican Morelos-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Morelos-1 (Morelos-A) [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17Morelos-1Morelos-1"Morelos"
Morelos-2 (Morelos-B) [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27Morelos-2"Morelos-2"

Satellite Mexico (SatMex) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SatMex-51998-12-06SatMex-5SatMex-5 (in cachet)
SatMex-62006-05-27SatMex-6"SatMex-6"
SatMex-7CanceledSatMex-7
SatMex-8 / Eutelsat 117 West A2013-03-26SatMex-8"SatMex-8"
SatMex-9 / Eutelsat 117 West B2016-06-15SatMex-9

Spanish HISPAnic SATellite (Hispasat) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Hispasat-1A1992-09-10Hispasat-1A"Hispasat"
"Hispasat"
"Hispasat"
"Hispasat"
"Hispasat"
"Hispasat"
Hispasat-1B1993-07-22Hispasat-1B (with Insat-2B)
Hispasat-1C2000-03-02Hispasat-1DHispasat-1C/D type
Hispasat-1D2002-09-18
Hispasat-1E2012-10-25Hispasat-1E
Hispasat-AG1 / Hispasat 36W-12017-01-28Hispasat-AG1

ITALian SATellite (Italsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Italsat-11991-01-15Italsat-1Italsat-1 (with Eutelsat-2-F2)"Italsat"
"Italsat"
"Italsat"
"Italsat"
"Italsat"
"Italsat-F1"
"Italsat-F1"
"Italsat-F1"
"Italsat-F1"
Italsat-21996-08-08Italsat-2 (with TÚlÚcom-2D)

Middle East Asia SATellite (Measat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Measat-1 / Africasat-11996-01-13Measat-1"Measat"-1/2 type
"Measat"-1/2 type
Measat-2 / Africasat-21996-11-13
Measat-32006-12-11Measat-3
Measat-3a2009-06-21Measat-3a
Measat-3b / Jabiru-22014-09-11Measat-3b

ARABian SATellite (Arabsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Arabsat-1E / Telstar-301 / Telstar-3A1983-07-28Telstar-301
Telstar-3
Telstar-3
TelstarTelstar
Arabsat-1A1985-02-08Arabsat-1Arabsat-1A(+Brasilsat-A1)Arabsat-1
Arabsat-1
Meteosat+EXOSAT+Intelsat-5+Arabsat+Turksat
Arabsat-1
Arabsat-1
Arabsat
Arabsat (only one dish)
Arabsat-1
Arabsat-1DR / Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 / Satcom-4R [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08AnikAnik
Arabsat-1B [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17Arabsat-1B
Arabsat-1C / Insat-2DT1992-02-26
Arabsat-2A1996-07-09Arabsat-2
Arabsat-2B1996-11-13
Arabsat-3A1999-02-26Arabsat-3AArabsat-3A
Arabsat-4AR2008-07-07Arabsat-4AR

TURKish SATellite (Turksat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Turksat-1A1994-01-24Turksat-1AMeteosat+EXOSAT+Intelsat-5+Arabsat+Turksat
"Turksat"
"Turksat"
"Turksat"
"Turksat"
Turksat-1B1994-08-11
Turksat-1C1996-07-09
Turksat-2A / Eurasiasat-12001-01-10Turksat-2A"Turksat-2A"
"Turksat-2A"
"Turksat-2A"
Turksat-3A2008-06-12Turksat-3A (with Skynet-5C)
Turksat-3uSat2013-04-26Turksat-3uSat"Turksat-3uSat" (in text, fantasy depiction)
Turksat-4A2014-02-14Turksat-4A
Turksat-4B2015-10-16Turksat-4B
Turksat-5A201x-?Turksat-5A
Turksat-6A2020-?Turksat-6A

(Selected) PAN-AMerican SATellite (Panamsat / PAS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Panamsat-11988-06-15Panamsat-1 (with Meteosat-3 and OSCAR-13)"Panamsat"
"Panamsat"
Panamsat-2 / (new) Intelsat-21994-07-08Panamsat-2/3/4 typePanamsat-2 (with Yuri-3n)
Panamsat-4 / (new) Intelsat-41995-08-03
Panamsat-3R / (new) Intelsat-3R1996-01-12
Panamsat-61997-08-07Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-51997-08-28Panamsat-5"PAS-5"
"PAS-5"
"PAS-5"
Panamsat-22 / AsiaSat-3 / HGS-11997-12-24
Panamsat-71998-09-16Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-81998-11-04
Panamsat-6B1998-12-22Panamsat-6B
Panamsat-92000-07-28Panamsat-9
Panamsat-1R2000-11-16Panamsat-1RPanamsat-1R (with OSCAR-40)"PAS-1R"
"PAS-1R"
"PAS-1R"
Panamsat-102001-05-15
Panamsat-11 / Intelsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11Intelsat-11

American Satellite Company (ASC) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ASC-1 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-27ASC-1
ASC-2 / now Spacnet-41991-04-13ASC-2Spacenet-4

Gte STAR (GStar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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GStar-11985-05-08GStar-1GStar-1 (with TÚlÚcom-1B)
GStar-21986-03-28
GStar-31988-09-08GStar-3 (with SBS-5)
GStar-41990-11-20

Satellite Business Systems (SBS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SBS-1 (SBS-A)1980-11-15SBS-1SBS-1
SBS-1
SBS-1
"SBS"
"SBS"
SBS-2 (SBS-B)1981-09-24SBS-2
SBS-2
SBS-2 (back)
SBS-2
SBS-3 (SBS-C) [STS-5/Columbia-deployed]1982-11-11SBS-3
SBS-4 (SBS-D) [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30SBS-4SBS-4 (STS-41D/Discovery-deployment)
SBS-51988-09-08SBS-5 (with GStar-3)
SBS-61990-10-12SBS-6

US Air Force (USAF) Satellite Data System (SDS) / Quasar series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SDS-1 / Quasar-11976-06-02SDS-1
SDS-1
SDS-2 / Quasar-21976-08-06SDS-2
SDS-3 / Quasar-31978-08-05SDS-3
SDS-4 / Quasar-41980-12-13
SDS-5 / Quasar-5 / USA-41984-08-28
SDS-6 / Quasar-6 / USA-91985-02-08
SDS-7 / Quasar-7 / USA-211987-02-12
SDS-2-1 / Quasar-8 / USA-40 [STS-28R/Columbia-deployed]1989-08-08SDS-2SDS-2-1
SDS-2-2 / Quasar-9 / USA-67 [STS-38/Atlantis-deployed]1990-11-16SDS-2-2
SDS-2-3 / Quasar-10 / USA-87 [STS-53/Discovery-deployed]1992-12-02SDS-2-3
SDS-2-4 / Quasar-11 / USA-1251996-07-03
SDS-3-1 / Quasar-12 / USA-1371998-01-29
SDS-3-2 / Quasar-13 / USA-1552000-12-06
SDS-3-3 / Quasar-14 / USA-1622001-10-11
SDS-3-4 / Quasar-15 / USA-1792004-08-31
SDS-3-5 / Quasar-16 / USA-1982007-12-10
SDS-3-6 / Quasar-17 / NROL-27 / USA-2272011-03-11SDS-3-6 / NROL-27
SDS-3-6 / NROL-27
SDS-3-7 / Quasar-18 / NROL-38 / USA-2362012-06-20
SDS-3-8 / Quasar-19 / NROL-33 / USA-2522014-05-23
SDS-4-1 / Quasar-20 / NROL-61 / USA-2692016-07-28SDS-4-1 / NROL-61
SDS-4-2 / Quasar-21 / NROL-52 / USA-2792017-10-15SDS-4-2 / NROL-52

Radio Corporation of America (RCA) SATellite COMmunications (Satcom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Satcom-1 (Satcom-A)1975-12-12Satcom-1SatcomSatcom
Satcom-2 (Satcom-B)1976-03-26
Satcom-3 (Satcom-C) [partial failure]1979-12-07
Satcom-3R (Satcom-D)1981-11-20
Satcom-41982-01-16
Satcom-51982-10-28
Satcom-1R (Satcom-F)1983-04-11
Satcom-2R (Satcom-H)1983-09-08
Satcom-4R / Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 / Arabsat-1DR [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Satcom-Ku2 [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27
Satcom-Ku1 [STS-61C/Columbia-deployed]1986-01-12
Satcom-C11990-11-20
Satcom-C2Canceled
Satcom-C51991-05-29Satcom-C5
Satcom-C41992-08-31
Satcom-C31992-09-10

FLeeT SATellite COMmunications (FltSatCom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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FltSatCom-11978-02-09FltSatCom-1"FltSatCom"
"FltSatCom"
FltSatCom-21979-05-04FltSatCom-2
FltSatCom-31980-01-18FltSatCom-3
FltSatCom-41980-10-31FltSatCom-4
FltSatCom-4
FltSatCom-5 [partial failure]1981-08-06FltSatCom-5
FltSatCom-5
FltSatCom-6 [failed]1987-03-26
FltSatCom-71986-12-05FltSatCom-7
FltSatCom-81989-09-25

Orion-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Orion-1 / Telstar-111994-11-29Telstar-11TelstarTelstar
Orion-2 / Telstar-121999-10-19Telstar-12
Orion-31999-05-05Orion-3

Estrela do Sul-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Estrela do Sul-1 / Telstar-142004-01-11Telstar-14TelstarTelstar
Estrela do Sul-2 / Telstar-14R2011-05-20Telstar-14R

(Selected) Galaxy-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Galaxy-11983-06-28Galaxy-1
Galaxy-1
Galaxy-21983-09-22Galaxy-2
Galaxy-51992-03-13Galaxy-5
Galaxy-3R (Galaxy-8, now Anik-ER2)1995-12-15AnikAnik
Galaxy-25 / Telstar-5 / Intelsat Americas-51997-05-24Telstar-5/6/7 typeTelstarTelstar
Galaxy-26 / Telstar-6 / Intelsat Americas-61999-02-15
Galaxy-27 / Telstar-7 / Intelsat Americas-71999-09-25
Galaxy-28 / Telstar-8 / Intelsat Americas-82005-06-23Telstar-8
Galaxy-23 / Telstar-13 / Intelsat Americas-13 / Echostar-92003-08-08Telstar-13
Galaxy-172007-05-05Galaxy-17 (with Astra-1L)
Galaxy-19 / Intelsat Americas-92008-09-24Galaxy-19

(Selected) Global Star (Globalstar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Globalstar-1/2/3/41998-02-14"Globalstar-2"
"Globalstar-11/16"
Globalstar-5+7+9+10+11+12+13+16+17+18+20+21 [failed]1998-09-09
Globalstar-6+8+14+151998-04-24GlobalstarGlobalstar-6+8+14+15

Asia SATellite (AsiaSat) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AsiaSat-1 / formerly Westar-61990-04-07AsiaSat-1 / WestarWestar
AsiaSat-2 / AMOS-5i1995-11-28AsiaSat-2AsiaSat-2AsiaSat-2
AsiaSat-2
AsiaSat-3 / HGS-1 / Panamsat-221997-12-24AsiaSat-3"Asiasat-3"
"Asiasat-3"
"Asiasat-3"
"Asiasat-3"
"Asiasat-3"
"Asiasat-3"
AsiaSat-3S1999-03-21
AsiaSat-42003-04-11AsiaSat-4"TelecomAsiasat-4"
"TelecomAsiasat-4"
"Asiasat-4"
"Asiasat-4"
"Asiasat-4"
Asiasat-4
Asiasat-4
AsiaSat-52009-08-11AsiaSat-5
AsiaSat-7 / Thaicom-6A2011-11-25
AsiaSat-6 / Thaicom-72014-09-07AsiaSat-6
AsiaSat-82014-08-05AsiaSat-8
AsiaSat-92017-09-28AsiaSat-9

(Selected) Indian Geostationary SATellite (GSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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GSat-1 (GramSat)2001-04-18GSat-1
GSat-22003-08-05GSat-2
GSat-3 (EduSat)2004-09-20GSat-3"Endusat" (EduSat)
"GSat-3"
"GSat-3"
GSat-4 (HealthSat) [failed]2010-04-15GSat-4
GSat-5 (Insat-4D)20xx-?Insat-4DInsatInsat
GSat-6 (Insat-4E)201x-?Insat-4E
GSat-7 (Insat-4F)2013-08-09Insat-4F
GSat-8 (Insat-4G)2011-05-20GSat-8
Insat-4G
GSat-102012-09-28GSat-10GSat-10 (with Astra-2F)
GSat-172017-06-28GSat-17GSat-17 (with HellasSat-3)
GSat-182016-10-05GSat-18GSat-18 (with Sky Muster-2)

THAIland COMmunicaions (Thaicom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thaicom-11994-12-18Thaicom-1Thaicom
Thaicom
Thaicom-21994-10-08
Thaicom-31997-04-17Thaicom-5
Thaicom-52006-05-27
Thaicom-4 / iPStar-12005-08-11iPStar-1Thaicom-4
Thaicom-4
Thaicom-6 / Africom-12014-01-06Thaicom-6
Thaicom-6A / AsiaSat-72011-11-25
Thaicom-7 / AsiaSat-62014-09-07AsiaSat-6
Thaicom-82016-05-27Thaicom-8

Japanese N-Star series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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N-Star-a1995-08-29N-Star-a"N-Star"
"N-Star"
N-Star-b1996-02-05
N-Star-c2002-07-05N-Star-c
N-Star-d / JCSat-9 (JCSat-5a)2006-04-12JCSat-9

US Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TDRS-1 (TDRS-A) [STS-6/Challenger-deployed]1983-04-04TDRS-1 (STS-6/Challenger-deployment)
TDRS-1
TDRS-1 (patch, with STS-6/Challenger)
TDRSTDRS
TDRS-2 (TDRS-B) [STS-51L/Challenger, failed]1986-01-28TDRS-2 (patch)
TDRS-3 (TDRS-C) [STS-26R/Discovery-deployed]1988-09-29
TDRS-4 (TDRS-D) [STS-29R/Discovery-deployed]1989-03-13
TDRS-5 (TDRS-E) [STS-43/Atlantis-deployed]1991-08-02
TDRS-6 (TDRS-F) [STS-54/Endeavour-deployed]1993-01-13
TDRS-7 (TDRS-G) [STS-70/Discovery-deployed]1995-07-13TDRS-7
TDRS-8 (TDRS-H)2000-06-30TDRS-8
TDRS-9 (TDRS-I)2002-03-08
TDRS-10 (TDRS-J)2002-12-05
TDRS-11 (TDRS-K)2013-01-30TDRS-11
TDRS-12 (TDRS-L)2014-01-24
TDRS-13 (TDRS-M)2017-08-18

Russian Molniya-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Molniya-1 series (1-1 — 1-31)1965-04-23 — 1975-09-02Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
MolniyaMolniya
Molniya-1S-11974-07-29Molniya-1S
Molniya-1T series (1-32 — 1-93)1976-01-22 — 2004-02-18
Molniya-2 series (2-1 — 2-17)1971-11-24 — 1977-02-11Molniya-2
Molniya-3 series (3-1 — 3-50)1974-11-21 — 1999-07-08Molniya-3
Molniya-3
Molniya-3K series (3K-1 — 3K-3)2001-07-20 — 2008-?Molniya-3K

Israeli Affordable Modular Optimized Satellite (AMOS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AMOS-5i / AsiaSat-21995-11-28AsiaSat-2
AMOS-1 / Intelsat-241996-05-16AMOS-1AMOS-1 (with Palapa-C2)AMOS
AMOS-22003-12-27AMOS-2
AMOS-32008-04-28AMOS-3
AMOS-42013-08-31AMOS-4"AMOS-4" (in text, but fantasy depiction)
AMOS-52011-12-11AMOS-5
AMOS-6 [destroyed]2016-09-01AMOS-6

KAZakhstan SATellite (KazSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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KazSat-12006-06-17KazSat-1KazSat-1
KazSat-1
KazSat-22011-07-15KazSat-2
KazSat-32014-04-28KazSat-3

Initial Defense Communications Satellite Program (IDCSP) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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IDCSP-1 — 7 / DSCS-1-1 — 7 (also known as NATO-1)1966-06-16IDCSP
IDCSP
IDCSPIDCSP
IDCSP-8 — 14 / DSCS-1-8 — 14 [failed]1966-08-26
IDCSP-8 — 15 / DSCS-1-8 — 15 [redo]1967-01-18
IDCSP-16 — 19 / DSCS-1-16 — 191967-07-01
IDCSP-20 — 27 / DSCS-1-20 — 271968-06-13

(Selected) Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DSCS-1 or IDCSP (also known as NATO-1)
DSCS-2-1/21971-11-03DSCS-2
DSCS-2
DSCSDSCS
DSCS-2-3/41973-12-13
DSCS-2-5/61975-05-20
DSCS-2-7/81977-05-12
DSCS-2-9/10 [failed]1978-03-25
DSCS-2-11/121978-12-13
DSCS-2-13/141979-11-21
DSCS-3-B4/B5 / USA-11/12 [STS-51J/Atlantis-deployed]1985-10-03DSCS-3
DSCS-3 (patch)
DSCS-2-E14 / USA-431989-09-04
DSCS-3-A2 / USA-441989-09-04
DSCS-3-B14 / USA-781992-02-11

(Selected) Strela-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Strela-1 #1 / Kosmos-381964-08-18Kosmos-38 (Strela-1)
Strela-1 #2 / Kosmos-39
Strela-1 #3 / Kosmos-40
Strela-1 #4 / Kosmos-421964-08-22
Strela-1 #5 / Kosmos-43
Strela-1 #6 / Kosmos-(49) [failed]1964-10-23
Strela-1 #7 / Kosmos-(50) [failed]
Strela-1 #8 / Kosmos-(51) [failed]
Strela-1 #9 / Kosmos-541965-02-21
Strela-1 #10 / Kosmos-55
Strela-1 #11 / Kosmos-56
Strela-1 #12 / Kosmos-611965-03-15
Strela-1 #13 / Kosmos-62
Strela-1 #14 / Kosmos-63
Strela-1 #15 / Kosmos-711965-07-16
Strela-1 #16 / Kosmos-72
Strela-1 #17 / Kosmos-73
Strela-1 #18 / Kosmos-74
Strela-1 #19 / Kosmos-75
Strela-1 #20 / Kosmos-801965-09-03
Strela-1 #21 / Kosmos-81
Strela-1 #22 / Kosmos-82
Strela-1 #23 / Kosmos-83
Strela-1 #24 / Kosmos-84
Strela-1 #25 / Kosmos-861965-09-18
Strela-1 #26 / Kosmos-87
Strela-1 #27 / Kosmos-88
Strela-1 #28 / Kosmos-89
Strela-1 #29 / Kosmos-90
Strela-1M (series)1970-04-25 — 1992-06-03Strela-1M"Strela-M1" (Strela-1M)
Strela-3 #137 / Kosmos-24372008-05-23"Strela-3"
Strela-3 #138 / Kosmos-2438
Strela-3 #139 / Kosmos-2439
Strela-3 #140 / Kosmos-24512009-07-06
Strela-3 #141 / Kosmos-2453
Strela-3 #142 / Kosmos-24672010-09-08
Strela-3 #143 / Kosmos-24812012-05-17
Strela-3M #4 / Rodnik-S #4 / Kosmos-24822012-05-17
Strela-3M #5 / Rodnik-S #5 / Kosmos-2483
Strela-3M #6 / Rodnik-S #6 / Kosmos-2484

Europen HIghLy Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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HYLAS-12010-11-26HYLAS-1"HYLAS-Ariane"
"HYLAS-1"
HYLAS-22012-08-02HYLAS-2HYLAS-2
HYLAS-3 / EDRS-C2018-?HYLAS-3

China/PRC Dongfanghong / Dong Fang Hong (DFH) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
DFH-11970-04-23DFH-1DFHDFH
DFH-2 series (1 — 2)1984-01-29 — 1984-04-08DFH-2
DFH-2A series (1 — 5)1986-02-01 — 1991-12-28DFH-2A
DFH-3 series (1 — 2)1994-11-29 — 1997-05-11DFH-3

Sirius XM-radio series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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XM-1 / Roll2001-08-05XM-1"XM satellite"
"XM-1"
"XM-1"
"XM-1"
XM-2 / Rock2001-03-18
XM-3 / Rhythm2005-03-01XM-4
XM-4 / Blues2006-10-30XM-4
XM-52010-10-14XM-5

(Selected) Russian Ekspress-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
Ekspress-11994-10-13Ekspress
Ekspress-1
Ekspress-AT2
Ekspress-MD1
"Ekspress" (in Russian)
"Ekspress-AT2"
"Ekspress-MD2"
Ekspress-21996-09-26
Ekspress-A (series)1999-10-27 — 2000-06-24Ekspress-AEkspress-A
Ekspress-A
Ekspress-AM (series)2004-10-30 →Ekspress-AM"Ekspress-AM" (in Russian)
Ekspress-AM
Ekspress-AM

(Selected) Russian Luch-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Luch-11994-12-16LuchLuch
"Luch"
"Luch"
"Luch"
"Luch"
Luch
Luch-5A / GEOSAT2011-12-11Luch-5A"Luch-5A"
Luch-5B2012-11-02Luch-5B"Luch-5B"
Luch-5V / GEOSAT2014-04-28

Brazil Satelites de Coleta de Dados (SCD) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SCD-11993-02-09SCD-1"SCD-1"
"SCD-1"
SCD-2A [failed]1997-11-02SCD-2
SCD-21998-10-23
SCD-3canceledSCD-3

(Selected) SociÚtÚ EuropÚenne des Satellites (SES) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SES-12010-04-24SES-1
SES-22011-09-21SES-2
SES-32011-07-15
SES-62013-06-03SES-6"SES-6"
SES-82013-12-03SES-8"SES-8"
"SES-8"

ARgentina SATellite (Arsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Arsat-12014-10-16Arsat-1"Arsat-1"
"Arsat-1"
"Arsat-1"
Arsat-22015-09-30Arsat-2

KOREA SATellite (KoreaSat) / Mugungwha series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Koreasat-1 / Mugungwha-1 [failed]1995-08-05Koreasat-1Koreasat-1
Koreasat-2 / Mugungwha-21996-01-14Koreasat-2
Koreasat-3 / Mugungwha-31999-09-04Koreasat-3"Koreasat-3"
"Koreasat-3"
"Koreasat-3"
Koreasat-4 / Mugungwha-4?"Koreasat-4"
Koreasat-5 / Mugungwha-52006-08-22Koreasat-5
Koreasat-5A / Mugungwha-5A2017-10-30Koreasat-5A
Koreasat-5A (patch)
Koreasat-5A (but "Koreasat-1" in text)
Koreasat-6 / Mugungwha-62010-12-29Koreasat-6
Koreasat-7 / Mugungwha-72017-05-04Koreasat-7
Koreasat-8 / Mugungwha-82014-02-06Koreasat-8

(Selected) ORBital COMMunications (Orbcomm) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Orbcomm-X1991-07-17Orbcomm-XOrbcomm-X (with ERS-1 and OSCAR-22)
Orbcomm-FM05/121997-12-23Orbcomm-FMOrbcomm-FM05/12 (Bob Boyd cachet)
Orbcomm-FM03/041998-02-10Orbcomm-FM03/04 (with GFO)
Orbcomm-FM105/1192015-12-21Orbcomm-FM105/119

Other (selected) US communications satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SCORE / Chatterbox1958-12-18SCORESCORE
SCORE
SCORE (launch)1
SCORE (launch)1
SCORE (launch)1
SCORE (launch)1
"SCORE"
AdventCanceledAdvent
Tacomsat-1 / Tacsat-11969-02-09TacsatTacomsat-1
Tacomsat-1
Tacomsat-1
Tacsat
BATSat / Teledesic-T11988-02-25BATSatBATSat (with Explorer-72)
ACTS [STS-51/Discovery-deployed]1993-09-12ACTSACTSACTS
ACTS
Iridium series (1 — 98)1995-05-05 — 2002-02-20IridiumIridium-51+61Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
MUBLCOM1999-05-18MUBLCOMMUBLCOM (with Explorer-76)
AMC-41999-11-13AMC-4"AMC-4"
PCSat-1 / OSCAR-442001-08-31OSCAR-44
OSCAR-44
PICOSat / OSCAR-44
DirectTV-4S2001-11-27DirectTV-4S"DirectTV-4S"
"DirectTV-4S"
"DirectTV-4S"
"DirectTV-4S"
"DirectTV-4S"
"DirectTV-4S"
WildBlue-12006-12-08WildBlue-1WildBlue-1 (with AMC-18)
AMC-182006-12-08AMC-18 (with WildBlue-1)
Spaceway-32007-04-18SpacewaySpaceway-3 (with BSat-3a)
Hermes [failed]2011-03-04HermesHermes (with Glory)
New Dawn / Intelsat-282011-04-22New DawnNew Dawn
New Dawn
New Dawn
MUOS-12012-02-24MUOS-1
MUOS-22013-07-19"MUOS-2"

1The Atlas-B launch rocket, without its booster engines, constituted the SCORE satellite. It is depicted in the upper part of the stamp.

Other (selected) non-US communications satellites:

SatelliteCountryLaunch DateImages
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CTS-A (CAS-C) / HermesUSA / Canada1976-01-17CTSCTS
CTS
CTS
Ekran / Statsionar (series)Russia (USSR)1976-10-26 — 2001-04-07Ekran"Ekran-M" (in Russian)
Molniya-3+Ekran+Gorizont-14+53+90+140
"Ekran"
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Ekran
Gorizont (series)Russia (USSR)1978-12-19 — 2000-06-06GorizontGorizontGorizont
APPLEIndia1981-06-19APPLE (with Meteosat-2)"APPLE"
Potok / Gezier (series)Russia1982-05-17 →Potok"Potok"
Tele-XSweden, Norway, and Finland1989-04-02Tele-X"Tele-X"
"Tele-X"
"Tele-X"
"Tele-X"
"Tele-X"
Superbird-AJapan1989-06-05Superbird-ASuperbird-A (with DFS-1)
Olympus / L-satEurope (ESA)1989-07-12OlympusOlympusOlympus
Superbird-B [failed]Japan1990-09-27Superbird-ASuperbird-B (with Yuri-2x)
Solidaridad-1Mexico1993-11-20Solidaridad-1Solidaridad-1 (with Meteosat-6)
Solidaridad-2Mexico1994-10-08Solidaridad-1Solidaridad-2 (with Thaicom-2)"Solidaridad-2"
AMSC-1 / MSat-2USA / Canada1995-04-07AMSC-1MSat-2 ("MSat-1")AMSC-1
"AMSC-1"
"AMSC-1"
"AMSC-1"
AMSC-1
Gonets (series)Russia1996-02-19 — 2001-12-28Gonets-D1"Gonets-D1"
AMSC-2 / MSat-1USA / Canada1996-04-20AMSC-1MSat-1
MSat-1 (back)
MSat-1
Sinosat (series)China/PRC1998-07-18 →Sinosat-1
Sinosat-2
Sinosat-3
Sinosat-2
Sinosat-2 (back)
"Sinosat-3"
"Sinosat-3"
"Sinosat-3"
"Sinosat-3"
Sinosat
Sinosat
Sinosat
Sinosat
"Sinosat-1A"
"Sinosat-1A"
"Sinosat-1A"
"Sinosat-1A"
Nimiq-1Canada1999-05-20Nimiq-1"Nimiq-1"
"Nimiq-1"
"Nimiq-1"
SESAT / Eutelsat-16CRussia2000-04-17SESAT"SESAT"
Thuraya-1United Arab Emirates2000-10-21Thuraya"Thuraya-1"
"Thuraya-1"
"Thuraya-1"
ARTEMISEurope (ESA)2001-07-12ARTEMISARTEMIS
ARTEMIS (insert)
"ARTEMIS" (mission)
ARTEMIS
ARTEMIS
APMTChina (PR)CanceledAPMTAPMT
APMT
Atlantic Bird-1 / Eutelsat-12-West-AEurope (Eutelsat)2002-08-28Atlantic Bird-1 (with MSG-1)
STENTOR [failed]France (CNES)2002-12-11STENTOR"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
"STENTOR"
Chinasat-20China/PRC2003-11-03Chinasat-20
AGORAFrance (CNES)Canceled"Sonde AGORA"
"Sonde AGORA"
SpainSat-1Spain2006-03-11SpainSat-1SpainSat (with HotBird-7A)
Chinasat-22AChina/PRC2006-09-13Chinasat-22A
Chinasat-22A (back)
Meridian (series)Russia2006-12-24 →Meridian"Meridian"
"Meridian"
"Meridian"
"Meridian"
Star One-C1Brazil2007-11-14StarOne-C1Star One-C1 (with Skynet-5B)
Raduga-1M-1Russia2007-12-09Raduga-M1Raduga-1M-1
Raduga-1M-1
Raduga-1M-1
Vinasat-1Vietnam2008-04-18Vinasat-1
Chinasat-9 / ZX-9China/PRC2008-06-09ZX-9"Chinasat/ZX-9"
"Chinasat/ZX-9"
"Chinasat/ZX-9"
Venesat-1 / Simon BolivarVenezuela2008-10-29Venesat-1"Simon Bolivar"
YahSat-1AUAE2011-04-22YahSat-1AYahSat-1A
YahSat-1A
YahSat-1A
YahSat-1BUAE2012-04-23YahSat-1B"YahSat-Y1B"
PakSat-1RPakistan2011-08-11PakSat-1R"PakSat-1R"
Yamal-300KRussia2012-11-02Yamal-300K"Yanal-300K"
Azerspace-1 / AfricaSat-1aAzerbaijan2013-02-07Azerspace-1"Azerspace-1"
"Azerspace-1"
"Azerspace-1"
Azerspace-1
Azerspace-1
O3b-FM1/2/4/5UK (Channel Islands)2013-06-25O3b"O3b"
Gonets-M5/6/7Russia2013-09-11Gonets-M"Gonets-M"
"Gonets-M"
TŘrkmen─lem-52E / MonacoSat-1Turkmenistan2015-04-27TŘrkmen─lem-52ETŘrkmen─lem-52E"MonacoSat"
Belintersat-1 / BelarusSat-1 / ZX-15 / ChinaSat-15Belarus / China/PRC2016-01-15Belintersat-1"Belintersat-1"
"Belintersat-1"
Belintersat-1
Sky Muster-2Australia2016-10-05SkyMuster-2SkyMuster-2 (with GSat-18)
StarOne-D1Brazil2016-12-21StarOne-D1StarOne-D1 (with JCSat-15)
StarOne-D1 (with JCSat-15)
StarOne-D1 (with JCSat-15)
BRIsatIndonesia2016-06-18BRIsat"BRIsat"
"BRIsat"
BY70-1China/PRC2016-12-28BY70-1BY70-1
BulgariaSat-1Bulgaria2017-06-23BulgariaSat-1BulgariaSat


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