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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 accompanied 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
"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 and 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-K / NSS-K (like Astra-1B, ex Satcom-K4)1992-06-10Intelsat-K
Intelsat-7 series (1 — 5, and 9)1993-10-22 — 1996-06-15Intelsat-7
Intelsat-7 (patch)
Intelsat-7 seriesIntelsat-5+7 and 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 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and 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 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Intelsat-10-1Canceled
Intelsat-10-22004-06-16Intelsat-10-2
Intelsat-11 / Panamsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11
Intelsat-12 / formerly Panamsat-12 / formerly EuropeStar-12009-10-29EuropeStar-1
Intelsat-1W / Thor-62009-10-29Thor-6
Intelsat-152009-11-30Intelsat-15
Intelsat-16 / formerly Panamsat-11R2010-02-12Intelsat-16
Intelsat-28 / New Dawn2011-04-22New Dawn
Intelsat-202012-08-02Intelsat-20
Intelsat-232012-10-14Intelsat-23
Intelsat-25 / ProtoStar-12008-07-07ProtoStar-1

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
Anik / TelesatAnik / Telesat
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/PRC 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-6APStar-1
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-1A
Astra-1A
AstraAstra
Astra-1B (like Intelsat-K, ex Satcom-K3)1991-03-02Astra-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
Astra-5B2014-03-22Astra-5B

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

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SES-1 (ex AMC-4R)2010-04-24SES-1SESSES
SES-2 (ex AMC-5R)2011-09-21SES-2
SES-3 (ex AMC ground spare)2011-07-15
SES-62013-06-03SES-6
SES-82013-12-03SES-8
SES-11 / EchoStar-1052017-10-11EchoStar-105/SES-11
SES-14 / GOLD2018-01-25SES-14/GOLD

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-1 / formerly Eutelsat-2-F6X1995-03-28HotBird-1HotBirdHotBird
HotBird-21996-11-21HotBird-2
HotBird-31997-09-02
HotBird-41998-02-27
HotBird-51998-10-09
HotBird-62002-08-21HotBird-6
HotBird-7 [failed]2002-12-11HotBird-7
HotBird-7A2006-03-11HotBird-7A
HotBird-82006-08-04HotBird-8
HotBird-92006-12-02
HotBird-102009-02-12

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-8Echostar-8 (in cachet)
EchoStar-9 / Telstar-132003-08-08TelstarTelstar
EchoStar-172012-07-05EchoStar-17EchoStar-17 (with Meteosat-10)
EchoStar-192016-12-18EchoStar-19
EchoStar-105 / SES-112017-10-11EchoStar-105/SES-11SES-11

SPACE NETwork (Spacenet) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Spacenet-1 / now ChinaSat-51984-05-23Spacenet-1SpacenetSpacenet
Spacenet-2 / now ChinaSat-5R1984-11-10
Spacenet-3 [failed]1985-09-12
Spacenet-3R1988-03-11
Spacenet-4 / formerly ASC-21991-04-13ASC-2

Brazilian Brasilsat series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Brasilsat-A11985-02-08Brasilsat-A1BrasilsatBrasilsat
Brasilsat-A21986-03-28
Brasilsat-B11994-08-10Brasilsat-B
Brasilsat-B21995-03-28
Brasilsat-B31998-01-22
Brasilsat-B42000-08-17

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

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

(Selected) Brazilian StarOne (Star One) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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StarOne-C12007-11-14StarOne-C1StarOneStarOne
StarOne-C32012-11-10StarOne-C3
StarOne-C42015-07-15StarOne-C4
StarOne-D12016-12-21StarOne-D1

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-D2009-08-31Palapa-D

UK Skynet (SKY NETwork) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Skynet-1A1969-11-22Skynet-1ASkynetSkynet
Skynet-1B1970-08-19
Skynet-2A [partial failure]1974-01-19Skynet-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)

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-2"
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-14JCSat-14 (not "NigComSat-1")
JCSat-152016-12-21JCSat-15JCSat-15 (with StarOne-D1)
JCSat-162016-08-14JCSat-16
JCSat-172019-?

Japanese Superbird series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Superbird-A1989-06-05Superbird-ASuperbird-A (with DFS-1)
Superbird-A11992-12-01
Superbird-B [failed]1990-09-27Superbird-B (with Yuri-2x)
Superbird-B11992-02-26Superbird-B1 (with Arabsat-1C)

(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 115 West B (formerly SatMex-7)2015-03-02SatMex-7
Eutelsat 117 West A (formerly SatMex-8)2013-03-26SatMex-8
Eutelsat 117 West B (formerly SatMex-9)2016-06-15SatMex-9
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-AAussat / OptusAussat / Optus
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
Optus-102014-09-11Optus-10

Mexican Morelos-series satellites:

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

Mexican Solidaridad-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Solidaridad-11993-11-20Solidaridad-1
Solidaridad-1/2 type
SolidaridadSolidaridad
Solidaridad-21994-10-08

SATellite MEXico (SatMex) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SatMex-5 (Morelos-3) / Eutelsat 115 West A1998-12-06SatMex-5SatMexSatMex
SatMex-6 (Morelos-4) / Eutelsat 113 West A2006-05-27SatMex-6
SatMex-7 (now Eutelsat 115 West B)2015-03-02SatMex-7EutelsatEutelsat
SatMex-8 (now Eutelsat 117 West A)2013-03-26SatMex-8
SatMex-9 (now Eutelsat 117 West B)2016-06-15SatMex-9

MEXican SATellite (SatMex) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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MexSat-1 [failed]2015-05-15MexSat-1MexSatMexSat
MexSat-22015-10-02
MexSat-3 / Morelos-32012-12-29MexSat-3

Spanish HISPAnic SATellite (Hispasat) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Hispasat-1A1992-09-10Hispasat-1AHispasatHispasat
Hispasat-1B1993-07-22
Hispasat-1C2000-03-02Hispasat-1D
Hispasat-1D2002-09-18
Hispasat-1E2012-10-29Hispasat-1E
Hispasat-AG1 / Hispasat 36W-12017-01-28Hispasat-AG1
Hispasat-1F / Hispasat 30W-62018-03-06Hispasat-1F

(Selected) Amazonas-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Amazonas-1 / Hispasat-55W-12004-08-05Amazonas-1AmazonasAmazonas
Amazonas-22009-10-01Amazonas-2
Amazonas-32013-02-07Amazonas-3
Amazonas-4A2014-03-22Amazonas-4A

ITALian SATellite (Italsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Italsat-11991-01-15Italsat-1ItalsatItalsat
Italsat-21996-08-08

(Selected) Malaysia East Asia SATellite (Measat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Measat-1 / Africasat-11996-01-13Measat-1MeasatMeasat
Measat-2 / Africasat-21996-11-13
Measat-32006-12-11Measat-3
Measat-3a2009-06-21Measat-3a
Measat-3b / Jabiru-22014-09-11Measat-3b
Measat-5 / iPStar-1 / Thaicom-42005-08-11iPStar-1

(Selected) Saudi Arabia / 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-1ArabsatArabsat
Arabsat-1DR / Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 / Satcom-4R [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08Anik / TelesatAnik / Telesat
Arabsat-1B [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17ArabsatArabsat
Arabsat-1C / Insat-2DT1992-02-26
Arabsat-2A1996-07-09Arabsat-2
Arabsat-2B1996-11-13
Arabsat-3A1999-02-26Arabsat-3A
Arabsat-4A [partial failure]2006-02-28Arabsat-4A
Arabsat-4B2006-11-08
Arabsat-4AR2008-07-07
Arabsat-5A2010-06-26Arabsat-5A
Arabsat-5C2011-09-21Arabsat-5C
Arabsat-6B2015-11-10Arabsat-6B

(Selected) TURKish SATellite (Turksat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Turksat-1A [failed]1994-01-24Turksat-1ATurksatTurksat
Turksat-1B1994-08-11
Turksat-1C1996-07-09
Turksat-2A / Eurasiasat-12001-01-10Turksat-2A
Turksat-3A2008-06-12
Turksat-3uSat2013-04-26Turksat-3uSat
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-1Panamsat / PASPanamsat / PAS
Panamsat-2 / Intelsat-2 (new series)1994-07-08Panamsat-2/3/3R/4 type
Panamsat-3 [failed]1994-12-01
Panamsat-4 / Intelsat-4 (new series)1995-08-03
Panamsat-3R / Intelsat-3R (new series)1996-01-12
Panamsat-61997-08-07Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-5 / Intelsat-5 (new series)1997-08-28Panamsat-5
Panamsat-22 / AsiaSat-3 / HGS-11997-12-24
Panamsat-7 / Intelsat-7 (new series)1998-09-16Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-7
Panamsat-8
Panamsat-8 / Intelsat-8 (new series)1998-11-04
Panamsat-6B / Intelsat-6B (new series)1998-12-22Panamsat-6B
Panamsat-9 / Intelsat-10 (new series)2000-07-28Panamsat-9
Panamsat-1R / Intelsat-1R (new series)2000-11-16Panamsat-1R
Panamsat-10 / Intelsat-10 (new series)2001-05-15
Panamsat-11 / Intelsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11Intelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Panamsat-12 / Intelsat-12 / formerly EuropeStar-12009-10-29EuropeStar-1
Panamsat-11R / Intelsat-162010-02-12Intelsat-16

American Satellite Company (ASC) series:

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

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-1SBSSBS
SBS-2 (SBS-B)1981-09-24
SBS-3 (SBS-C) [STS-5/Columbia-deployed]1982-11-11
SBS-4 (SBS-D) [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30
SBS-51988-09-08
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 / QuasarSDS / Quasar
SDS-2 / Quasar-21976-08-06
SDS-3 / Quasar-31978-08-05
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-2
SDS-2-2 / Quasar-9 / USA-67 [STS-38/Atlantis-deployed]1990-11-16
SDS-2-3 / Quasar-10 / USA-87 [STS-53/Discovery-deployed]1992-12-02
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-2272011-03-11
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-2692016-07-28
SDS-4-2 / Quasar-21 / NROL-52 / USA-2792017-10-15

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

(US Navy) FLeeT SATellite COMmunications (FltSatCom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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FltSatCom-11978-02-09FltSatCom-1FltSatComFltSatCom
FltSatCom-21979-05-04
FltSatCom-31980-01-18
FltSatCom-41980-10-31
FltSatCom-5 [partial failure]1981-08-06
FltSatCom-6 [failed]1987-03-26
FltSatCom-7 / USA-201986-12-05FltSatCom-7
FltSatCom-8 / USA-461989-09-25

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-31984-09-21Galaxy-3
Galaxy-51992-03-13Galaxy-5
Galaxy-61990-10-12Galaxy-6 (with SBS-6)
Galaxy-3R (Galaxy-8, now Anik-ER2)1995-12-15Anik / TelesatAnik / Telesat
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-13 / Panamsat-9 / Galaxy-3C2002-06-15Galaxy-3C
Galaxy-122003-04-09Galaxy-12"Galaxie-12"
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

China/PRC ASIA SATellite (AsiaSat) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AsiaSat-1 / formerly Westar-61990-04-07AsiaSatAsiaSat
AsiaSat-2 / AMOS-5i1995-11-28AsiaSat-2
AsiaSat-3 / HGS-1 / Panamsat-221997-12-24AsiaSat-3
AsiaSat-3S1999-03-21
AsiaSat-42003-04-11AsiaSat-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-152015-11-10GSat-15GSat-15 (with Arabsat-6B)
GSat-172017-06-28GSat-17GSat-17 (with HellasSat-3)
GSat-182016-10-05GSat-18GSat-18 (with SkyMuster-2)

THAIland COMmunicaions (Thaicom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thaicom-11994-12-18Thaicom-1ThaicomThaicom
Thaicom-21994-10-08
Thaicom-31997-04-17Thaicom-5
Thaicom-52006-05-27
Thaicom-4 / iPStar-1 / Measat-52005-08-11iPStar-1
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-cN-"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, partial failure]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
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

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
referencelaunch coversother postal items
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
referencelaunch coversother postal items
HYLAS-12010-11-26HYLAS-1"HYLAS-Ariane"
"HYLAS-1"
HYLAS-22012-08-02HYLAS-2"Hylas-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
referencelaunch coversother postal items
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-AMEkspress-AM22"Ekspress-AM" (in Russian)
Ekspress-AM
Ekspress-AM
"Ekspress-AM"

(Selected) Russian Luch-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
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

ARgentina SATellite (Arsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
Arsat-12014-10-16Arsat-1 (early-design?)
Arsat-1
"Arsat-1"
"Arsat-1"
"Arsat-1"
Arsat-22015-09-30Arsat-2

KOREA SATellite (Koreasat) / Mugungwha series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
Koreasat-1 / Mugungwha-1 [failed]1995-08-05Koreasat-1Koreasat / MugungwhaKoreasat / Mugungwha
Koreasat-2 / Mugungwha-21996-01-14
Koreasat-3 / Mugungwha-31999-09-04Koreasat-3
Koreasat-4 / Mugungwha-4?
Koreasat-5 / Mugungwha-52006-08-22Koreasat-5
Koreasat-5A / Mugungwha-5A2017-10-30Koreasat-5A
Koreasat-5A (patch)
Koreasat-6 / Olleh-12010-12-29Koreasat-6
Koreasat-7 / Mugungwha-72017-05-04Koreasat-7
Koreasat-8 / Mugungwha-82014-02-06Koreasat-8

(Selected) CHINA/PRC SATellite (ChinaSat) / ZhongXing (ZX) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
ChinaSat-20 / ZX-20 / ST-12003-11-15ChinaSat-20
ChinaSat-22A / ZX-22A / FH-182006-09-13ChinaSat-22A
ChinaSat-22A (back)
ChinaSat-9 / ZX-92008-06-09ZX-9"ChinaSat/ZX-9"
"ChinaSat/ZX-9"
"ChinaSat/ZX-9"

(Selected) ORBital COMMunications (Orbcomm) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
referencelaunch coversother postal items
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
referencelaunch coversother postal items
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]1993-09-12ACTSACTS (with ORFEUS-SPAS-1)ACTS
ACTS
Iridium (series: 1 — 98)1995-05-05 — 2002-02-20IridiumIridium-51+61Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
Iridium
AfriStar1999-10-28AfriStar"AfriStar"
"AfriStar"
MUBLCOM1999-05-18MUBLCOMMUBLCOM (with Explorer-76)
AMC-41999-11-13AMC-4"AMC-4"
PCSat-1 / OSCAR-442001-08-31OSCAR-44
OSCAR-44
PCSat-1 / 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)
ProtoStar-1 / Intelsat-252008-07-07ProtoStar-1
Hermes [failed]2011-03-04HermesHermes (with Glory)
New Dawn / Intelsat-282011-04-22New DawnIntelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
MUOS-12012-02-24MUOS-1
MUOS-22013-07-19"MUOS-2"
Iridium-NEXT (series: 101 →)2017-01-14 →Iridium-NEXT Iridium-NEXT-102-106+108-109+111-112+114
Iridium-NEXT-110+147+152+161-162
Iridium-NEXT 140+142-146+148-150+157
Iridium-NEXT-116+130-131+134-135+137-138+141+151+153
Iridium-NEXT-116+130-131+134-135+137-138+141+151+153
Iridium-NEXT-107+119+122+125+127+129+132-133+136+139
Iridium-NEXT-107+119+122+125+127+129+132-133+136+139 (back)

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
referencelaunch coversother postal items
CTS-A (CAS-C) / HermesUSA / Canada1976-01-17CTSCTS
CTS
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"
TÚlÚ-XSweden, Norway, and Finland1989-04-02TÚlÚ-XTÚlÚ-XTÚlÚ-X
Olympus / L-satEurope (ESA)1989-07-12OlympusOlympus / L-SatOlympus / L-Sat
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"
"Gonets"
"Gonets"
AMSC-2 / MSat-1USA / Canada1996-04-20AMSC-1MSat-1
MSat-1 (back)
MSat-1
Indostar-1 / Calrawarta-1Indonensia1997-11-12Indostar-1"Indostar-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"
SICRAL-1Italy2001-02-07SICRAL
ARTEMISEurope (ESA)2001-07-12ARTEMISARTEMIS
ARTEMIS (insert)
"ARTEMIS" (mission)
ARTEMIS
ARTEMIS
APMTChina/PRCCanceledAPMTAPMT
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"
NSS-6Netherlands2002-12-17NSS-6
AGORAFrance (CNES)Canceled"Sonde AGORA"
"Sonde AGORA"
XTAR-EURSpain / USA2005-02-12XTAR-EURXTAR-EUR+MaqSat-B2+SloshSat-FLEVO
SpainSatSpain2006-03-11SpainSat-1SpainSatSpainSat
Meridian (series)Russia2006-12-24 →Meridian"Meridian"
"Meridian"
"Meridian"
"Meridian"
NigComSat-1Nigeria2007-05-13NigComSat-1"NigComSat-1" (JCSat-1 depicted)
Raduga-1M-1Russia2007-12-09Raduga-M1Raduga-1M-1
Raduga-1M-1
Raduga-1M-1
Vinasat-1Vietnam2008-04-18Vinasat-1
Venesat-1 / Simon BolivarVenezuela2008-10-29Venesat-1"Simon Bolivar"
Comsat-Bw-1Germany2009-10-01Comsat-Bw-1Comsat-Bw-1 (with Amazonas-2)
EuropeStar-1 / Panamsat-12 / Intelsat-12France / USA2009-10-29EuropeStar-1
YahSat-1AUAE2011-04-22YahSat-1AYahSat-1A (with Intelsat-28)
PakSat-1RPakistan2011-08-11PakSat-1R"PakSat-1R"
YahSat-1BUAE2012-04-23YahSat-1B"YahSat-Y1B"
"YahSat-1B"
Yamal-300KRussia2012-11-02Yamal-300K"Yanal-300K"
Azerspace-1 / AfricaSat-1aAzerbaijan2013-02-07Azerspace-1Azerspace-Africasat-1a (with Amazonas-3)"Azerspace-1"
"Azerspace-1"
"Azerspace-1"
Azerspace-1
Azerspace-1
Azerspace-1
Azerspace-1
O3b-FM1/FM2/FM4/FM5UK (Channel Islands)2013-06-25O3b"O3b"
Gonets-M5/M6/M7Russia2013-09-11Gonets-M"Gonets-M"
"Gonets-M"
ABS-3AChina/PRC2015-03-02ABS-3AABS-3A (with "Eutelsat-115-West-B")
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"
Belintersat-1
ABS-2AChina/PRC2016-06-15ABS-2AABS-2A (with "Eutelsat-117-West-B")
SkyMuster-2Australia2016-10-05SkyMuster-2SkyMuster-2 (with GSat-18)
BRIsatIndonesia2016-06-18BRIsat"BRIsat"
"BRIsat"
BY70-1China/PRC2016-12-28BY70-1BY70-1
BulgariaSat-1Bulgaria2017-06-23BulgariaSat-1BulgariaSat
OneWeb (constellation) UK (Channel Islands)2018-?OneWeb"OneWeb"
"OneWeb"
"OneWeb"


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