Diamant-A

Diamant
launch rockets
(launch rocket for A-1,
D-series, and others)

Diamant-B Diamant-BP4
Diamant-ADiamant-BDiamant-BP4

This page contains philatelic information on the French Diamant launch rockets. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

The principal philatelic items in this page feature only the Diamant launch rocket (without any reference to the satellites that it launched). However, secondary items such as stamp pairs or FDCs often do include such satellites. Stamps that feature a Diamant rocket and a satellite that it launched are found only in the page for that satellite. The possible satellites, with links to their pages, are found in the last column of the table below.

Launch information
(immediately below)
Postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(farther below)
Diamant launch rockets
(France)
Diamant launch rockets
(France)


Below is a list of Diamant launch rocket launches and the satellites that were launched.

NumberLaunch RocketLaunch DateSatellite(s)
Diamant launch rockets (France)
1Diamant-A1965-11-26A-1 / Astérix
2Diamant-A1966-02-17D-1A / Diapason
3Diamant-A [partial failure]1967-02-08D-1C / Diadème-1
4Diamant-A1967-02-15D-1D / Diadème-2
1Diamant-B1970-03-10Dial-Wika, Dial-Mika
2Diamant-B1970-12-12Péole
3Diamant-B1971-04-15D-2A / Tournesol
4Diamant-B [failed]1971-12-05D-2A / Polaire
5Diamant-B [failed]1973-05-21D-5A / Castor, D-5B / Pollux
1Diamant-BP41975-02-06Starlet (Starlette)
2Diamant-BP41975-05-17D-5A / Castor, D-5B / Pollux
3Diamant-BP41975-09-27D-2B / Aura


Below is a list of Diamant launch rocket postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Diamant launch rockets (France)
Andorra (French Admin.)171 sc (Mi197 sc)Souvenir card1966"Diamant launch rocket" and "launch of A-1 by Diamant on 6 December [1965]" (in French text)
Comoro IslandsC15 (Mi72)
iC15
One of pair (C16a (C15-C16 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC16a (iC15-iC16 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
Comoro IslandsC16a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.A.C.) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C15)
Comoro IslandsC16a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
Comoro IslandsC16a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
France1137 (Mi1530)
i1137
One of pair (1138a (1137-1138 + label))
One of imperforate pair (i1138a (i1137-i1138 + label))
1965"Diamant" rocket launch
France1138a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp 1137)
France1138a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet (different colors) on FDC
France1138a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet (different colors) on FDC
France1138a fdc4One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
France1138a fdc5One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet (different) on FDC
France1138a fdc6One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.A.C.) cachet on FDC
France1138a fdc7One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Comité des Oeuvres Sociales du Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications, Section Philatélie) cachet on FDC
France1138a fdc8One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel on FDC
France1138a folderFDC folder (Comité des Oeuvres Sociales du Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications, Section Philatélie), also detail from back
France1138a maxi1Maxicard
France1138a maxi2Maxicard (Comité des Oeuvres Sociales du Centre National d'Études des Télécommunications, Section Philatélie)
France1138a maxi3Maxicard (different)
FranceNone(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on cover1977[#8] Diamant launch rocket
France6100a (Mi8049)In (surrounding) margin of MS15 (15x 6100), also annotated2021Diamant-A rocket [#1] launched the A-1 satellite [#2] in 1965
French PolynesiaC40 (Mi52)
iC40
One of pair (C41a (C40-C41 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC41a (iC40-iC41 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
French PolynesiaC40 dsDeluxe sheet (C40)
French PolynesiaC41a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (black and brown printed) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C40)
French PolynesiaC41a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
French PolynesiaC41a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (P.A.C.) cachet on FDC
French PolynesiaC41a fdc4One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC9 (Mi33)
iC9
One of pair (C10a (C9-C10 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC10a (iC9-iC10 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC10a dsDeluxe sheet (C10a)(As above for stamp C9)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC10a fdc1One of pair and label and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC10a fdc2One of pair and label and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC10a fdc3One of pair and label and (Éditions P.A.C.) cachet on FDC
Guinea Republic1143a (BL370B)Imperforate SS1, gold foil; also detail1990"Diamant-B" (in text, but Diamant-A depicted) launch
HungaryC257 (Mi2198A)
iC257 (Mi2198B)

Imperforate
1965"Shapir 1965.VII.5" (French "Saphir" (Sapphire) sounding rocket, whose first launch was on 1965.VII.5); the Sapphire had two stages and was a precursor of the first Diamant launch rocket, which was a Sapphire with a third stage
HungaryC253-C254+C257-C258 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC (Hungary Post cachet)
MaliC42 (Mi141)
iC42

Imperforate
1967"Fusée Diamant"
MaliC42 proofSigned proof (black)
MaliC42-C44 fdcOne of three stamps and (Éditions So.Ge.Im.) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C42)
MauritaniaC44 (Mi266)
iC44

Imperforate
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
MauritaniaC44 dsDeluxe sheet (C44)
MauritaniaC44-C45 fdcOne of two stamps and (text) cancel on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)(As above for stamp C44)
New CaledoniaC44 (Mi418)
iC44
One of pair (C45a (C44-C45 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC45a (iC44-iC45 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
New CaledoniaC45a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (black and brown printed) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C44)
New CaledoniaC45a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
NigerC58 (Mi124)
iC58

Imperforate
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
NigerC58 dsDeluxe sheet (C58)
NigerC58 fdcStamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Reunion358 (Mi445)
i358
Oen of pair (359a (358-359 + label)), France 1138a overprinted
One of imperforate pair (i359a (i358-i359 + label)), France i1138a overprinted
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
Reunion359a fdcOne of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp 358)
St. Pierre and MiquelonC30 (Mi413)
iC30
One of pair (C31a (C30-C31 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC31a (iC30-iC31 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
St. Pierre and MiquelonC30 dsDeluxe sheet (C30)
St. Pierre and MiquelonC31a dsDeluxe sheet (C31a)(As above for stamp C30)
St. Pierre and MiquelonC31a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (P.A.C.) cachet on FDC
St. Pierre and MiquelonC31a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
St. Pierre and MiquelonC31a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (black printed) cachet on FDC
SenegalC44 (Mi325)
iC44

Imperforate
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
SenegalC44 proof1Signed proof (blue)
SenegalC44 proof2Signed proof (brown)
SenegalC44 proof3Signed proof (green)
SenegalC44 proof4Signed proof (purple)
SenegalC43 fdc(Text) camcel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C44)
SenegalC43-C44 fdcOne of two stamps and (text) cancel and (Éditions So.Ge.Im.) cachet on FDC
SenegalC44 fdcStamp and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
Somali CoastC39 (Mi371)
iC39
One of pair (C40a (C39-C40 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC40a (iC39-iC40 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
Somali CoastC40a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (red-brown and black) printed) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp C39)
Somali CoastC40a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
Somali CoastC40a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
Togo593 (Mi559A)
i593 (Mi559B)

Imperforate
1967"Diamant" rocket launch
TogoC65 (Mi565A)
iC65 (Mi565B)

Imperforate
TogoC66a (BL27)One of two stamps in MS2 (C65-C66)(As above for stamp C65)
TogoC66a fdcMS2 and (text) cancel on FDC (blank/no cachet)
Togo593+597 fdcOne of two stamps and (text) cancel on (airmail) FDC (blank/no cachet)(As above for stamp 593); "Launch of first French satellite" (in French text in cancel)
Togo593-598+C65-C66 fdcTwo of eight stamps and (text) cancel on FDC (blank/no cachet)(As above for stamps 593 and C65)
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC22 (Mi209)
iC22
One of pair (C23a (C22-C23 + label))
One of imperforate pair (iC23a (iC22-iC23 + label))
1966"Diamant" rocket launch
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC23a dsDeluxe sheet (C23)(As above for stamp C22)
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC23a fdc1One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions P.J.) cachet on FDC
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC23a fdc2One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
Wallis and Futuna IslandsC23a fdc3One of pair of stamps and label and (text) cancel on FDC (brown and green printed cachet)


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