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Below is a list of (selected) unknown-identity, or fantasy-design, or canceled satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites are given when available. If viewers know of additional information or details about these items, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Definitions:

For additional unknown-identity or fantasy-design satellites supposedly launched by the Space Shuttle, see the Shuttle and satellites page.

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)
Unknown-identity, fantasy-design, or canceled satellites Sputnik-like
Satellite and booster
cylindrical spin-stabilized7 various
three-axis-stabilized6 various
three-axis-stabilized6 similar (one kind only)
Interkosmos-like
WTD5
Paddlewheel-design
Various designs
Unknown instrument
MCSR1 canceled


This is a place for philatlic items of interest that otherwise are of unknown-identity, fantasy-design, or canceled satellites on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
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Unknown-identity, fantasy-design, or canceled satellites
The following are of similar design: Sputnik-like design (not Vanguard-2)4
Adzharia RepublicLocalCuba 2132 overprinted on 4x Russia 57233 (Mi5894)199?Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Adzharia RepublicLocalCuba 2132 overprinted on 4x Russia 6060 (Mi231)
Adzharia RepublicLocalCuba 2132 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068 (Mi233)
Brazil955 cover (Mi1031 cover)Cachet (design similar to East Germany 370) on cover1965Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Cuba2132 (Mi2208)Stamp-on-stamp: East Germany 3701977Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Germany (East)370 (Mi603)1957Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Germany (East)370 maxiMaxicard
Germany (East)NoneCancel and cachet (reproduction of East Germany 370) on cover1962Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Hungary2492 (Mi3208)Stamp and label, stamp-on-stamp: East Germany 3701977Sputnik-like (not Vanguard-2)4
Hungary2492aMS3 (3x 2492 + 3 labels)
The following are of similar design: A satellite-and-booster design
FujeiraMi970A
Mi970B
One of MS20 (Mi957A-976A)
Imperforate
1972Unknown and booster (satellite being boosted into geostationary orbit)
SharjahMi1055A
Mi1055B
Silver foil
Imperforate silver foil
1972Unknown and booster (satellite being boosted into geostationary orbit)
SharjahMi1056A
Mi1056B
Gold foil
Imperforate gold foil
SharjahBL129BOn stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1055B, silver foil)
SharjahBL130BOn stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1056B, gold foil)
The following are of various designs: Unknown or fantasy cylindrical spin-stabilized7 (mostly communications) satellites
China (People's Republic)None(Printed) cachet on cover, also back1990Unknown comsat
Grenada1154 (Mi1211)1983Unknown/fantasy comsat
Korea (South)1538 (Mi?)Also booklet cover1989Unknown comsat
JapanNoneCancel on cover1980Unknown comsat
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1999Unknown comsat
Morocco232 (Mi671)1970Unknown comsat
New CaledoniaC101 (Mi533)
iC101

Imperforate
1973Fantasy
New CaledoniaC101 dsDeluxe sheet (C101)
New CaledoniaC101 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
New CaledoniaC101 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and (printed) cachet on FDC
New CaledoniaC150 (Mi624)
iC150

Imperforate
1979Five unknown/fantasy geostationary satellites
New CaledoniaC150 fdcStamp on FDC
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1967Unknown/fantasy
The following are of various designs: Unknown or fantasy three-axis-stabilized6 (mostly communications) satellites
Algeria1669 (Mi1805)2015Unknown/fantasy comsat (with single large antenna)
Austria1586 (Mi?)1992Unknown comsat
Austria1586 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
Cambodia784 (BL152)On stamp of SS11987Fantasy (with body inspired by a Russian (USSR) DS-type satellite)
Central African RepublicC284a+selvedge1 (Mi1100-1101+selvedge1Pair (C284a (C283-C284 + label)) with (black) selvedge1985Unknown comsat
Central African RepublicC284a+selvedge2 (Mi1100-1101+selvedge2Pair (C284a (C283-C284 + label)) with (blue) selvedge
Central African RepublicBL1080In (upper-left) margin of SS12013Unknown comsat
Chad745 (Mi1594-1599)In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (745 (a-f))1998Unknown comsat
Chad758 (Mi1612A-1617A)
i758 (Mi1612B-1617B)
In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (768 (a-f))
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS6 (i768 (a-f))
1998Unknown comsat
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front2004Unknown/fantasy comsat (with large antenna)
China (People's Republic)Unknown+label fdcDetail from cachet on FDC, also back2015Unknown comsat
China (Taiwan)3133 (Mi?)1997Unknown comsat
Cuba5662 (Mi5970)2015Unknown/fantasy comsat
Germany (East)NoneCachet on postal card1989Unknown/fantasy
Guinea-BissauUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12008Unknown/fantasy comsat
Hungary4408 (BL395)In (upper-right) margin of SS12016Unknown/fantasy comsat
Iran2379 (Mi2353)1989Unknown comsat, similar to Marecs
Iran3137 (Mi3378)2015Unknown comsat
Jamaica566 (Mi574)1983Unknown/fantasy comsat
Korea (North)3888 (BL430)
i3888
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1999Unknown comsat, (possible) Sinosat-1
Korea (North)3904 (Mi4207)
i3904

Imperforate
1999Unknown comsat, (possible) Sinosat-1
Korea (North)4038 (Mi4345)
i4038

Imperforate
2000Unknown comsat (in lower right), (possible) Sinosat-1
Korea (North)4111a (BL483)On two of three labels from MS6 (4111 (4106-4111 + 3 labels))2001Unknown comsat, (possible) Sinosat-1
Korea (North)4394 (BL600)In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (4394 (a-d))2004Unknown comsat or GPS-type satellite
Korea (South)1675 (Mi?)Also booklet of 4 cover1992(two) unknown comsats (one on booklet cover only)
KyrgyzstanUnknown fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC2016Fantasy comsat
Libya1403 (Mi1868)1991Unknown/fantasy comsat
Luxembourg1018 (Mi1482)1999Unknown/fantasy comsat
Luxembourg1376 (Mi2002-2003)In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (1376 (a-b))2014Unknown/fantasy comsat
Malagasy Republic1415b (Mi?)
i1415b
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Unknown comsat
Malagasy Republic1415bc (BL?)On stamp of SS1 (1415b)
Malagasy Republic1415i (Mi?)
i1415i
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Unknown comsat
Malagasy Republic1415ij (BL?)On stamp of SS1 (1415i)
Malagasy Republic1415ij fdcSS1 on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS11999Unknown comsat, (possible) Optus-B
MalaysiaUnknown (Mi?)Also stamps and gutter2015Fantasy comsat (although the body is somewhat inspired by Planet-B/Nozomi)
MalaysiaUnknown fdcOne of three stamps and cachet on FDC(As above for stamp); unknown comsat (with single large antenna)
MordoviaLocal_cOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1998Unidentified comsat
MordoviaLocal_ms fdcMS6 on FDC
Niuafo'ou (Tonga)161b (Mi246)One of strip of three (161 (a-c)) (Mi245-247)1989Unknown comsat
RussiaUnknown scCachet on souvenir card2015Unknown comsat
RussiaUnknown2016Unknown comsat
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2004Unknown comsat
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
SudanUnknown1 (Mi?)2015Unknown comsat
SudanUnknown2 (Mi?)
SudanUnknown3 (Mi?)
Tajikistan172 (BL22)In (upper-left) margin of SS12001Unknown/fantasy comsat
Tajikistan179 (BL27)
i179
SS1 + 2 labels
Imperforate
2001Two unknown comsats
Tajikistan407 (BL68)SS1 + 2 labels, 179 overprinted in red2013Two unknown comsats
Tajikistan408 (BL69)In (upper-left) margin of SS1, 172 overprinted in red2013Unknown/fantasy comsat
ThailandUnknown (Mi?)2015Unknown/fantasy comsat
TurkeyNonePostal card2007Unknown/fantasy comsat (with single large antenna)
United StatesCP537J back
CP537J
On back of (USPS) commemorative panel (3191)2000Unknown comsat
VietnamUnknown
Unknown imp

Imperforate
2015Unknown comsat
The following are of similar design: An Interkosmos-like design
Iran1863 (Mi1781)1975Fantasy (with some rough similarities to the IK-1 series2)
Iran1862-1863 fdcOne of two stamps and cachet on FDC
Niger311 (Mi456)
i311

Imperforate
1975Fantasy (with some rough similarities to the IK-1 series2)
Niger311 fdcStamp on FDC (printed cachet)
The following are of (one) similar design: an unknown or fantasy three-axis-stabilized6 communications satellite
Chad441-446 (Mi967-972)1983
Yemen Mutawakelite KingdomMi8921970
The following are of similar design: 7th WTD5: An unknown/fantasy-design satellite
ItalyNoneCancel19757th WTD5: unknown/fantasy
ItalyNoneCancel (different)19757th WTD5: unknown/fantasy
YugoslaviaNoneCancel and cachet on cover19757th WTD5: unknown/fantasy
The following are of various design: fantasy paddlewheel-design satellites
East SiberiaLocalImage of unknown origin overprinted on 4x Russia 45192 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996Fantasy paddlewheel-design
East SiberiaLocalImage of unknown origin overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
East SiberiaLocalImage of unknown origin overprinted on 4x Russia 6066A (Mi262), from strip of 5, also overprint template
East SiberiaLocalImage of unknown origin overprinted on 4x Russia 6067A (Mi252), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Czechoslovakia1423 (Mi1652)1966Fantasy paddlewheel-design Soviet lunar satellite. The stamp text, "far side of the Moon (1959-1965)", likely refers to Luna-3 (which photographed the far side of the Moon in 1959) and Zond-3 (which took photos of the far side of the Moon in 1965)
Czechoslovakia1423+1426 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
The following are various designs: Unknown-identity or fantasy-design satellites
Algeria1590 (Mi1725)2013Unknown; automobile dash-mount GPS receiver/display
AustraliaAustralia.1258-1260 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cancel on FDC1982Unknown/fantasy
AustriaKM310125 euro (silver-niobium coin)2003Unknown, symbolic scanning of town of Hall (possibly Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), on obverse)
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2014Fantasy lunar satellite
BoliviaBL197 (Mi1120C)In (lower) margin of SS11992Unknown, similar to Transit-1b
Cape VerdeUnknown (Mi?)2016Fantasy/unknown
Central African RepublicC279 (BL201A)
iC279 (BL201B)
On stamp and in (right) margin of SS1 (Mi867A)
On stamp and in (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi867B)
1982Unknown (in middle-right of stamp); unknown, with solar panel arrangement like JERS (in right margin)
Chad514 (Mi1048A)
i514 (Mi1048B)

Imperforate
1984Unknown, similar to Symphonie but rounded body
Chad514b (BL219A)
i514b (BL219B)
SS1 (514)
Imperforate SS1 (i514)
Chad515a (Mi1044A-1049A)
i515a (Mi1044B-1049B)
On one of MS6 (510-515)
On one of imperforate MS6 (i510-i515)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front200?Unknown (with body and solar panels like HST)
Czechoslovakia1110 (Mi1334)1962Fantasy
Czechoslovakia1171 (Mi1398)1963Fantasy depiction of rocket to and returning from the Moon
Czechoslovakia1171-1173 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Czechoslovakia1291 (Mi1517)1965Unknown/fantasy spacecraft to the Moon
Czechoslovakia1291-1292+1295 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Czechoslovakia1291+1293+1295 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC card
Czechoslovakia1426 (Mi1655)1966Fantasy
Czechoslovakia1423+1426 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Czechoslovakia2504-2505 fdc (Mi2759-2760 fdc)Two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC1984Unknown/fantasy, other than Salyut (on left stamp)
Czechoslovakia2507 fdc (Mi2762 fdc)Cancel and cachet on FDCUnknowns (on cancel and cachet), (possible) recoverable portion of IK-6 (on stamp)
France2538 maxiCachet on maxicard, also back1996Unknown/fantasy
France2538 fdcCachet on FDC
GambiaUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS5 (a-e)2015Unknown, similar to Meteor
Germany (West)1404 (Mi1187)1983
Germany (West)1404 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Germany (West)1404 fdc2Stamp and cachet on FDC
Germany (West)1404 maxi1Maxicard
Germany (West)1404 maxi2Maxicard (different)
Germany (West)1404 scSouvenir card, also back
GermanyNoneCancel1986
GermanyNoneCancel1994Unknown
GreenlandNoneQSL card1987Unknown/fantasy
IngushetiaLocal1Overprint on Russia 45173 (Mi4494), also overprint template1996
IngushetiaLocal2Overprint on Russia 45203 (Mi4497), also overprint template
IngushetiaLocal3Overprint on Russia 57233 (Mi5894), also overprint template
IngushetiaLocal4Overprint on Russia 5984 (Mi6177), also overprint template
IngushetiaLocal fdc1Overprints on strip of 5 FDC
IngushetiaLocal fdc2Overprints on strip of 5 FDC (different)
IngushetiaLocal fdc3Overprints on strip of 5 FDC (different)
Korea (North)2912b (Mi3108)One of MS4 (2912 (a-d)) (BL255)1990Unknown (but like much-later GP-B)
Liberia848 (BL93)In (upper-left) margin of SS11979
Libya1251 (Mi1496)1985Fantasy (at right)
Libya1252 (Mi1497)
Libya1253 (Mi1498)
Maldive Islands1273 (Mi1284)1988Fantasy weather satellite
Maldive Islands1274 (Mi1285)Fantasy navigation satellite
Maldive Islands1275 (Mi1286)Fantasy communication satellite
Micronesia296 (BL39)On stamp of SS11998
Mongolia364 (Mi368)1964Fantasy/unknown (but "Cosmos" in text)
MongoliaUnknown iss (BL?)In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS11982
Nigeria312 essay1Essay1975Unknown
Nigeria312 essay2Essay (different)
PolandNoneCachet on postal card2003Unknown/fantasy
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1972unknown (upper satellite), Venera-4/8 type (lower satellite)
Russia (USSR)4070 (Mi4108)Also right and left details1973Unknown (at right), IK-3/5 type (at left in stamp and in cachet)
Russia (USSR)4070 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back, also front1982fantasy (upper-left)
Slovenia149 (Mi34)1992
Slovenia149 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
St. Vincent2792c (Mi4942)One of MS6 (2792 (a-f)) (Mi4940-4945)2000Fantasy (but "Voyager-1" in text)
Korea (South)1977d (Mi?)One and in (upper-left) margin of MS6 (1977 (a-f)) (BL691), also detail from stamp2001Unknown/fantasy
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013Fantasy (but "AMOS-4" in text)
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013Fantasy (but "TurkSat-3uSat" in text)
Tunisia744 (Mi957)1979Fantasy (attribued to artistic license)
Tunisia744 fdcStamp on FDC ('FDC' cachet)
United Nations (Geneva)NoneCancel2007Unknown/fantasy
Yemen Arab RepublicC29E (Mi316A)
iC29E (Mi316B)

Imperforate
1963
Yemen Arab RepublicC29J (Mi332A)
iC29J (Mi332B)
C29E overprinted in black
iC29E overprinted in black
1964
Yemen Arab RepublicC29J+C29L+C29N fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Yemen Arab RepublicC29K (Mi405)
iC29K
C29E overprinted in red
iC29E overprinted in red
1965
Yugoslavia809 (Mi1157)
i809

Imperforate
1966
The following is an unknown-identity or fantasy-design instrument, not associated with any known satellite
Togo1363 (Mi1946)
i1363

Imperforate
1986Fantasy space telescope
The following are of similar design: MCSR1 canceled satellite
Central African Republic782 (Mi1190)
i782

Imperforate
1985MCSR1
Central African Republic782a (BL361)
i782a
On stamp of SS1 (782)
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Central African Republic784b (BL?)
i784b
MS6 (779-784)
Imperforate MS6 (i779-i784)
Central African Republic785 (BL357)
i785
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Guinea Republic989 (Mi1111)1986MCSR1
Guinea Republic989a (BL218)
i989a
On stamp of SS1 (989)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i989)
Guinea Republic989b (Mi1106-1111)On one of MS6 (984-989)
Guinea Republic990 (BL212)
i990
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicMi1113A
Mi1113B
From MS4 (4x Mi1113A)
From imperforate MS4 (4x Mi1113B)
1986MCSR1
Guinea RepublicBL219On stamp of SS1 (Mi1113)

1MCSR = Multiple Comet Sample Return satellite, a mission that was canceled.
2The IK-1 series includes IK-1, 4, 7, 11, 14, and 16, all of which have a ds-u3-ik bus, as noted on the IK-series reference images page.
3See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.
4Not Vanguard-2; rather, according to the Michel catalog, East Germany 370 shows "Künstlicher Erdsatellit Sputnik I, Teil der Erdkugel, Mond" which translates to "Artificial Earth satellite Sputnik I, part of the Earth, Moon". Note that this stamp was issued 1957-11-07 which is before any Vanguard satellite was launched.
5The World Telecommunications Day (WTD) commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1865. It has been celebrated each year on 17 May since 1969. In 1975, a unknown-identity/fantasy-design satellite appeared on several 7th WTD postal items.
6Three-axis stabilization is a method of spacecraft attitude control in which the spacecraft is held fixed in the desired orientation without any rotation. This design is now common for communications satellites, often with large solar panels on each side of the spacecraft.
7Spin-stabilization is a method of spacecraft attitude control in which the usually cylindrical spacecraft is held fixed in the desired orientation using rotation. This design was common for communications satellites, with solar cells around the perimeter of the cylinder.


This is a place for philatlic items of interest that otherwise are of unknown-identity, fantasy-design, or canceled satellites on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Unknown-identity, fantasy-design, or canceled satellites
United States1972-04-16Fairbanks AKMeter on Apollo-16 launch cover (ESRO return address and typed cachet and signature)Fantasy-design (in lower left of meter)




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