GPS constellation

GPS / NAVSTAR series
(and other
navigation-constellation satellites)

GPS unit
GPS constellationGPS unit

This page contains (selected) philatelic information on the GPS (Global Positioning System) / NAVSTAR (NAVigation System using Timing And Ranging) (and other navigation-constellation satellites). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

There are currently 24 to 32 satellites in the US GPS / NAVSTAR constellation (including satellites in operation and extras in case of failures).

Other emerging or planned constellations, which go by the generic name of "global navigation satellite system (GNSS)" include:

This list includes the European Space Agency (ESA) Galileo-series satellites launched in the 2000s only, not to be confused with the single (USA) Galileo spacecraft launched in 1989, both of which are named after Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642).

BD-1 and the Chinese communications satellite DFH-3 have similar designs. This comparison image shows the two as an aid in differentiating between them.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Timation
(USA)
Timation
(USA)
Timation
(USA)
NTS / Timation
(USA)
NTS / Timation
(USA)
NTS / Timation
(USA)
(Selected) GPS / NAVSTAR
(USA)
(Selected) GPS / NAVSTAR
(USA)
GPS / NAVSTAR
(USA)
GPS / NAVSTAR (on other than GPS / NAVSTAR launch covers)
(Selected) GLONASS / Uragan
(Russia)
(Selected) GLONASS / Uragan
(Russia)
GLONASS / Uragan
(Russia)
GLONASS (on other than GLONASS launch covers)
(Selected) Galileo
(ESA)
(Selected) Galileo
(ESA)
Galileo
(ESA)
Galileo (on other than Galileo launch covers)
(Selected) Beidou (BD)
(China/PRC)
(Selected) Beidou (BD)
(China/PRC)
Beidou (BD)
(China/PRC)
IRNSS / NAVIC
(India/ISRO)
IRNSS / NAVIC
(India/ISRO)
IRNSS / NAVIC
(India/ISRO)
QZS / Michibiki
(JAXA)
QZS / Michibiki
(JAXA)
QZS / Michibiki
(JAXA)
GPS equipment and GPS coordinates


Below is a list of GPS / NAVSTAR-series (and other navigation-constellation satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Timation (USA)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
NTS / Timation (USA)
Angola1110e (Mi1448)One of MS6 (1110 (a-f)) (Mi1444-1449)1999NTS-11 (but "NAVSTAR" in text)
GPS / NAVSTAR (USA)
Angola1110e (Mi1448)One of MS6 (1110 (a-f)) (Mi1444-1449)1999"NAVSTAR" (but NTS-11 depicted)
AustriaNone(Pictorial) cancel1994NAVSTAR constellation (18 satellites depicted); "Surveying in the upwind"
Bermuda782 (Mi767)1999GPS/NAVSTAR
Bermuda779-782 fdcOne of four stamps and (Bermuda Post) cachet on FDC
Central African Republic1354a (BL644)In (right) margin of SS1 (1354)2000GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
Central African RepublicMi4331-4334_ms4In (lower-right) margin of MS4 (Mi4331-4334)2013GPS/NAVSTAR-2R
Central African RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)MS6 (a-f)202345th anniv. "NAVSTAR-1" launch
Central African RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
ChadMi2664A-2667A_ms4
Mi2664B-2667B_ms4
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (Mi2664A-2667A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (Mi2664B-2667B)
2013"Navstar-2F"
Ciskei (South Africa)192 (Mi216)1992"NAVSTAR"
Ciskei (South Africa)191-194 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Ciskei (South Africa)194a (BL7)On stamp of SS1
Ciskei (South Africa)194a fdcStamp on FDC
Dominica804 (BL82)On stamp of SS11983GPS/NAVSTAR
Fiji781 (Mi790)1996(four) NAVSTAR, and another satellite
India3022 (Mi?)2018GPS-2F
India3022 fdc1Stamp on FDC
India3022 fdc2Stamp on FDC (slightly different cachet)
India3022 maxiMaxicard, also back
India3022 brochureBrochure
Madagascar1416a (Mi none)
i1416a
One of MS9 (1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
1999GPS/NAVSTAR-2R
Madagascar1416ab (BL none)
i1416ab
On stamp of SS1 (1416a)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1416a)
Madagascar1416a-i fdcOne of nine stamps on FDC
Madagascar1503a (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (1503)1999"Satellite américain GPS"
NigerUnknown ms (Mi none)In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (a-b)2011(possible) NAVSTAR-2f
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown a (Mi none)
Unknown ia
From MS9 (a-i) [known illegal issue]
From imperforate MS9 (a-i))
2005GPS/NAVSTAR-2R type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown f (Mi none)
Unknown if
GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL none)On stamp of imperforate SS1 [known illegal issue]GPS/NAVSTAR-2R type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL none)On stamp of imperforate SS1 [known illegal issue]GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss fdcImperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc1Imperforate MS9 on FDC (black cancel)(As above for stamps)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc2Imperforate MS9 on FDC (red cancel)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown a+b+c fdc
Unknown ia+ib+ic fdc
One of three stamps on FDC
One of three imperforate stamps on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown d+e+f fdc
Unknown id+ie+if fdc
One of three stamps on FDC
One of three imperforate stamps on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi none)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2005GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi none)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS9 (a-i) [known illegal issue]
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2006GPS/NAVSTAR-2R
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 on FDC
Imperforate MS9 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS12006GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss fdcTwo imperforate SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss fdcTwo imperforate SS1 (different) on FDC
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"GPS-2F-4"
TogoMi3796One of MS4 (Mi3794-3797)2010"NAVSTAR"
TogoMi3796_ssOn stamp of SS1 (Mi3796)
TogoBL569On stamp of SS1"GPS"
TogoBL569 fdcSS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Turkey3359 (Mi4061)2013GPS/NAVSTAR
United States1913-1914+1917-1918 fdc (Mi1482-1483+1486-1487 fdc)(Red and blue printed) cachet on FDC, also detail1981GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type; also Space Shuttle
United States1894 cover (Mi? cover)(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail1984GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type; also Space Shuttle
United StatesNone(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover, also detail1985GPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type; also Space Shuttle
United StatesNone(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail
United States1556+1759 cover (Mi1164+1356 cover)(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail
United States1918 cover (Mi1487 cover)(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail
United States1919 cover (Mi1488 cover)(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail
United States2116 cover (Mi? cover)(Red and blue printed) cachet on cover (different cancel), also detail
Venezuela1626 (Mi?)In (lower-right) selvedge of MS10 (1626 (a-j))2002GPS/NAVSTAR
GLONASS / Uragan (Russia)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi none)
Unknown ims
In (left) margin of MS3 (a-c) [known illegal issue]
In (left) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Glonass-M"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
Russia7741 (Mi2325)From MS8 (7741a (8x 7741))2016"GLONASS"
Russia7741 maxi1Maxicard, also back
Russia7741 maxi2Maxicard (different), also back
Russia7741 maxi3Maxicard (different), also back
Russia7741 maxi4Maxicard (different), also back
Russia7741 maxi5Maxicard (different), also back
Russia7741 fdc1Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Russia7741 fdc2Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
Russia7741 fdc3Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
Russia7741 fdc4Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
Russia7741 fdc5Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
Russia7741 fdc6Stamp and (text) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
Russia7741 fdc7Stamp and (text) cancel and (black printed) cachet on FDC
Russia7741 fdc8Stamp and (text) cancel and (black printed) cachet (different) on FDC
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Uragan-M38"
Galileo (ESA)
AustriaKM313525 euro (silver-niobium coin)2006Galileo constellation (8 satellites shown on reverse)
BeninUnknown c (Mi?)One stamp and in (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2018(two) "Galileo"-IOV-1/4 type launch and logo
Cambodia870 (Mi948)1988(possible) (early-design) ESA-Galileo
ChadUnknown ms (Mi none)In (upper-left) margin of MS9 (a-i)2009"Galileo" (GIOVE-A); (see also Chad BL532, and Russia 7630 sc)
ChadUnknown ms fdcMS9 on FDC
ChadBL533In (right) margin of SS1 (Mi2665)2013(two) (early-design) ESA-"Galileo" satellites
ChadBL534In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (Mi2666)"Galileo-IOV" launch
ChadMi2664A-2667A_ms4_var
Mi2664B-2667B_ms4_var
In (left and right) margins of MS4 (Mi2664A-2667A)
In (left and right) margins of imperforate MS4 (Mi2664B-2667B)
2013"Galileo-IOV" launch (in left margin); (two) (early-design) ESA-"Galileo" satellites (in right margin)
ChadBL532In (upper-right) margin of SS1GIOVE-A (but "PakSat-1R" in text): (see also Chad Unknown ms 2009, and Russia 7630 sc)
ChadBL554A
BL554B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2014"Galileo"-IOV
Congo (Republic)Unknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"Galileo"-IOV-1/2 launch
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi none)On one stamp and one label and in (left) margin of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels) [known illegal issue]2014ESA-"Galileo" program (in text, but GIOVE-B depicted); also logo
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown iss (BL none)Imperforate SS1 [known illegal issue]
France3500c (Mi4471)One of MS4 (3500 (a-d)) (BL95)2008GIOVE-B and 8 small Galileo constellation satellites
France3500 card3500 card (with reproduction of 3500c)
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)2017GIOVE-B
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)2018GIOVE-A
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)Galileo-IOV; (see also FSAT 468c for a similar depiction of this satellite)
French GuianaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover2009ESA-Galileo ground station
French Southern and Antarctic Territories468c (Mi784)One of strip of 5 (468 (a-e + 5 labels)) (Mi782-786), or five of MS25 (468f (5x 468 (a-e + 5 labels)))2012"Galileo [IOV] satellite system; 30 satellites were placed in circular orbits at 23,222 km altitude" (in French text in the label beneath the stamp - see the strip of 5 stamps); (see also France lettre-verte 2018 for a similar depiction of this satellite)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories691 (Mi?)2023"Station Galileo" (Earth station for the ESA-Galileo navigation satellites)
Kenya892 (Mi?)2015Galileo-IOV
Kenya889-892 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Maldive Islands3855 (BL1028)In (upper and right) margins of SS12017(Three) (early-design) ESA-"Galileo" satellites
Russia7630 sc (Mi2167 sc)(PeterStamps) cachet on souvenir card2015GIOVE-A; (see also Chad Unknown ms 2009, and Chad BL532)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown e (Mi none)
Unknown ie
From MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2005(early-design) ESA-Galileo
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown i (Mi none)
Unknown ii
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ic (Mi?)One of imperforate MS3 (a-c)2006(two, early-design) ESA-"Galileo" satellites
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdcImperforate MS3 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown e (Mi?)
Unknown ie
On one of MS9 (a-i)
On one of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2006(early-design) ESA-Galileo
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS9 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (lower-right) margin of SS1
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Beidou (BD) (China/PRC)
China (People's Republic)4155 (Mi4528)Also annotated; one of MS4 (4157a (4154-4157)) (BL195, Mi4527-4530), or from MS16 (4155b (16x 4155))2013(three) BD-2(s)
China (People's Republic)4155 fdcStamp and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)4157a fdcMS4 and (green and black printed) cachet on FDC
China (People's Republic)4157c (BL200)MS4 (different), issued in 2014
China (People's Republic)4276 (Mi4678)2015BD-2
China (People's Republic)4276 fdc1Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
China (People's Republic)4276 fdc2Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
China (People's Republic)3750+4008+4300 booklet1 p0 (Mi4071+4946+4703 booklet1 p0)p0/front (blue) of booklet, also annotated, and p17/back2018?BD-2 (not on front, inside only)
China (People's Republic)3750+4008+4300 booklet2 p0 (Mi4071+4946+4703 booklet2 p0)p0/front (white) of booklet, also annotated
China (People's Republic)3750+4008+4300 booklet p13-16p13-16 of bookletp13: BD-2 constellation of navsats; p14: BD-2 constellation of navsats (in the label, and one of them to the right of the label)
China (People's Republic)None(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2020A Chinese team measured the summit height of Mt. Everest on 27 May 2020 using data from Beidou navigation satellites. Two BD-2 satellites are depicted.
MadagascarUnknown ss (BL none)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 [known illegal issue]2018"Beidou navigation satellites" (in French text)
IRNSS / NAVIC (India/ISRO)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"IRNSS-1A"
QZS / Michibiki (JAXA)
Japan4298 (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS10 (a-j)2019QZS-2/4 type
GPS equipment and GPS coordinates
Algeria1590 (Mi1725)2013Automobile dash-mounted GPS receiver/display
Algeria1590 fdc1Stamp and (Algérie Poste) cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
Algeria1590 fdc2Stamp and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Australia3646 (Mi?)One of strip of 5 (3646a (3642-3646))2012GPS receiver
Australia3646b (Mi?)MS5 (3642-3646)
Australia3651 (Mi?)One of strip of 5 (3651a (3647-3651)), or two of booklet pane of 10 (3651b (2x (3647-3651)), self-adhesive
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL104 (Mi112)1997GPS equipment for surveying
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL102-L106 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
British Antarctic Territory257 (Mi285)1998Handheld GPS receiver for mapping
Finland1341a (Mi1995)From vertical strip of 3 (1341 (a-c))2009(possible GPS, based on precision) coordinates (degrees, minutes, and seconds to 2 decimal places)
Finland1341b (Mi1994)
Finland1341c (Mi1993)
Finland1341a-c fdcThree stamps on FDC, also back
Iceland1229 (Mi?)2011(possible GPS, based on precision) coordinates (degrees, minutes, and seconds)
Korea (South)2401a (Mi2928)From strip of 4 (2401 (a-d)) (Mi2928-2931), or from MS20 (5x (2401 (a-d)))2013(possible) smart phone with built-in GPS receiver; also fantasy GPS satellite (in upper-right of stamp)
Korea (South)2401d (Mi2931)fantasy GPS satellite
Korea (South)2401 fdcStrip of 4 + extra stamps on FDC(As above for stamps)
South Africa1375a (Mi?)
1375a_detail
One of strip of 5 (1375 (a-e)), or two of MS10 (2x (1375 (a-e)))2007"GPS" coordinates (degrees, minutes, and seconds to 1 decimal place)
South Africa1375b (Mi?)
1375b_detail
South Africa1375c (Mi?)
1375c_detail
South Africa1375d (Mi?)
1375d_detail
South Africa1375e (Mi?)
1375e_detail
South Africa1375a-e fdcFive stamps and (black-on-yellow printed) cachet on FDC
Thailand1383 (Mi1404)1991GPS equipment with surveying theodolite
United StatesNone(World Stamp Expo) cancel2000Handheld GPS receiver
Venezuela1626 (Mi?)On (lower-right) selvedge of MS10 (1626 (a-j))2002Handheld GPS receiver

1NTS: Navigation Technology Satellite, precursor to NAVSTAR/GPS spacecraft.


Below is a list of GPS / NAVSTAR-series (and other navigation-constellation satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Timation (USA)
1967-05-31: Timation-1 (and Poppy-5A/5B/5C/5D and CalSphere-3/4 and 2-others)
United States1967-05-31Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTimation-1 launch ("secret payload")
1969-09-30: Timation-2 (and Poppy-6A/6B/6C/6D and 5-others)
United States1969-09-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson/DuBeau? blue and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTimation-2 launch ("secret satellite")
United States1969-09-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(MACC blue and red printed and Swanson/DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverTimation-2 launch ("secret satellite")
NTS / Timation (USA)
1974-07-13: NTS-1 / Timation-3
United States1974-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverNTS-1 launch ("Timation-3")
United States1974-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNTS-1 launch ("Timation-3")
United States1974-07-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNTS-1 launch
1977-06-23: NTS-2/ Timation-4
United States1977-06-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNTS-2 launch
United States1977-06-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Purple printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNTS-2 launch
(Selected) GPS / NAVSTAR (USA)
1978-02-22: NAVSTAR-1
United States1978-02-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insertNAVSTAR-1 launch
United States1978-02-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Yellow and blue printed) cachet (and signatures) on cover, also insertNAVSTAR-1 launch
United States1978-02-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-1 launch
United States1978-02-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cyan printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-1 launch
United States1978-02-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cyan-green printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-1 launch
1978-05-13: NAVSTAR-2
United States1978-05-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insertNAVSTAR-2 launch
United States1978-05-13Lompoc CA(Red printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-2 launch
United States1978-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-2 launch
1978-10-06: NAVSTAR-3
United States1978-10-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-3 launch
United States1978-10-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-3 launch
United States1978-10-07Lompoc CA(Blue printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-3 launch
United States1978-10-07Lompoc CA(Blue printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-3 launch
1978-12-10: NAVSTAR-4
United States1978-12-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-4 launch
United States1978-12-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-4 launch
United States1978-12-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cyan printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-4 launch
United States1978-12-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Green printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-4 launch
1980-02-09: NAVSTAR-5
United States1980-02-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-5 launch
United States1980-02-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin green and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-5 launch
United States1980-02-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backNAVSTAR-5 launch
United States1980-02-09Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backNAVSTAR-5 launch
United States1980-02-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Red printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-5 launch
United States1980-02-09Vandenberg AFB, CA(Red printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-5 launch
1980-04-26: NAVSTAR-6
United States1980-04-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-6 launch
United States1980-04-26Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insert and insert backNAVSTAR-6 launch
United States1980-04-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-6 launch
United States1980-04-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin purple and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-6 launch
United States1980-04-26
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-6 launch
USA 2277 FDC
1981-12-18: NAVSTAR-7
United States1981-12-18Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-7 launch
United States1981-12-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-7 launch
1983-07-14: NAVSTAR-8
United States1983-07-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on cover, also insertNAVSTAR-8 launch
United States1983-07-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertNAVSTAR-8 launch
1984-06-13: NAVSTAR-9
United States1984-06-13Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet (and "USA-001") on coverNAVSTAR-9 launch
United States1984-06-13Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-9 launch
United States1984-06-13Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-9 launch
1984-09-08: NAVSTAR-10
United States1984-09-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-10 launch
1985-10-08: NAVSTAR-11
United States1985-10-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(RSDSC) cachet on coverNAVSTAR-11 launch
United States1985-10-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin blue and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverNAVSTAR-11 launch (not "NAVSTAR-2", as in text)
1989-02-14: GPS-2-1
United States1989-02-14Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and magenta) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2-1 launch
United States1989-02-14Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGPS-2-1 launch
1989-06-11: GPS-2-2
United States1989-06-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGPS-2-2 launch
United States1989-06-11Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2-2 launch
1989-08-18: GPS-2-3
United States1989-08-18Cape Canaveral FL(Blue and black printed) cachet on coverGPS-2-3 launch
United States1989-08-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverGPS-2-3 launch
1989-10-21: GPS-2-4
United States1989-10-21Cape Canaveral FL(Red printed) cachet on coverGPS-2-4 launch
1989-12-11: GPS-2-5
United States1989-12-11Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2-5 launch
1990-03-26: GPS-2-7
United States1990-03-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGPS-2-7 launch
United States1990-03-26
1990-03-29
Cape Canaveral FL
Orlando FL
(Whitney black and blue) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2-7 launch
1990-08-02: GPS-2-8
United States1990-08-02Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney tan and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2-8 launch
1990-10-01: GPS-2-9
United States1990-10-01Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGPS-2-9 launch
1990-11-26: GPS-2A-1
United States1990-11-26Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney brown and black) cachet on (airmail) coverGPS-2A-1 launch
1991-07-03: GPS-2A-2
United States1991-07-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverGPS-2A-2 launch
1992-04-09: GPS-2A-4
United States1992-04-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2A-4 launch
1992-09-09: GPS-2A-6
United States1992-09-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2A-6 launch
1992-11-22: GPS-2A-7
United States1992-11-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverGPS-2A-7 launch
1993-02-02: GPS-2A-9
United States1993-02-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2A-9 launch
1993-05-12: GPS-2A-11
United States1993-05-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverGPS-2A-11 launch
2000-05-10: GPS-2R-4
United States2000-05-10Kennedy Space Center FL(JM) cachet on coverGPS-2R-4 launch
2000-11-10: GPS-2R-6
United States2000-11-10Cape Canaveral FL(JM) cachet on coverGPS-2R-6 launch
2001-01-30: GPS-2R-7
United States2001-01-30Cape Canaveral FL(JM) cachet on coverGPS-2R-7 launch
2003-01-29: GPS-2R-8
United States2003-01-29Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverGPS-2R-8 launch
2004-06-23: GPS-2R-12
United States2004-06-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2R-12 launch
2009-03-24: GPS-2RM-7
United States2009-03-24Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on coverGPS-2RM-7 launch ("2R20" in text)
2010-05-27: GPS-2F-1
United States2010-05-27Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backGPS-2F-1 launch
2011-07-16: GPS-2F-2
United States2011-07-16Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backGPS-2F-2 launch
2013-05-15: GPS-2F-4
United States2013-05-15GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2F-4 launch
2014-05-16: GPS-2F-6
United States2014-05-16GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2F-6 launch
United States2014-05-16Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGPS-2F-6 launch
2014-08-01: GPS-2F-7
United States2014-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2F-7 launch
2015-03-25: GPS-2F-9
United States2015-03-25Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-2F-9 launch
2015-07-15: GPS-2F-10
United States2015-07-15Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-2F-10 launch
United States2015-07-15Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet (different, with different cancel) on coverGPS-2F-10 launch
United States2015-07-15Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-2F-10 launch
2018-12-23: GPS-3-1
United States2018-12-23Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGPS-3-1 launch
United States2018-12-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-1 launch (not "GPS-III-2", as in text)
United States2018-12-23Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-1 launch (not "GPS-III-2", as in text)
2019-08-22: GPS-3-2
United States2019-08-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-3-2 launch
2020-06-30: GPS-3-3
Finland2020-06-30Kerava(SVP) cachet on coverGPS-3-3 launch
United States2020-06-30Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-3 launch
United States2020-06-30Cape Canaveral FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-3 launch
United States2020-06-30Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-3-3 launch
United States2020-06-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-3-3 launch
GPS-3-4 (pre-launch events)
United States2020-10-31Cape Canaveral FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 pre-launch: "SpaceX Falcon-9 static fire test"
2020-11-05: GPS-3-4
United States2020-11-05Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 launch
United States2020-11-05Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 launch
United States2020-11-05Cape Canaveral FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 launch
United States2020-11-05Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 launch
United States2020-11-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Ranski) cachet on coverGPS-3-4 launch
2023-01-18: GPS-3-6
United States2023-01-18Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on cover, also backGPS-3-6 launch
GPS / NAVSTAR (on other than GPS / NAVSTAR launch covers)
United States1983-03-28
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-8 launch cover"Navstar"-6 (and launch date)
USA 2277 FDC
United States1984-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(Red and blue printed) cachet on STS-41D landing and Telstar-3C and Leasat-F1 and SBS-4 coverGPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
United States1984-10-13Boston MA(Red and blue printed) cachet on STS-41G landing and ERBS coverGPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
United States1985-07-31Hampton Roads VA(Red and blue printed) cachet on STS-51F and PDP coverGPS/NAVSTAR-2/2A type
United States1989-08-28Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney grey and blue) cachet on MarcoPolo-1 / Sirius-1 launch (airmail) cover"NAVSTAR Global Positioning System [GPS] satellite"
United States1993-08-18WSMR, NM(Space Voyage) cachet on DC-X rocket launch cover"Global Positioning System [GPS] satellite"
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Ruimtevaart Filatelie Club Nederland) insert from BSat-2b and ARTEMIS launch cover, also front"GPS"
United States2023-03-09Cape Canaveral(Galactic Space Covers) back of OneWeb-L17-1/40 launch cover, also front"GPS-III-04", "GPS-III-05"
(Selected) GLONASS / Uragan (Russia)
1998-12-30: GLONASS-72/73/74 (Kosmos-2362/2363/2364)
Russia1998-12-30Baikonur(Blue printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-72/73/74 launch
2002-12-25: GLONASS-80/81/82 (Kosmos-2394/2395/2396)
Russia2002-12-25Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-80/81/82 launch
2003-12-10: GLONASS-83/84/M2 (Kosmos-2402/2403/2404)
Russia2003-12-10Polevaya(Blue and black printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-83/84/M2 launch
Russia2003-12-10Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-83/84/M2 launch
2004-12-12: GLONASS-85/86/M3 (Kosmos-2411/2412/2413)
Russia2004-12-12Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-85/86/M3 launch
Russia2004-12-12Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-85/86/M3 launch
2005-12-25: GLONASS-87/M4/M5 (Kosmos-2417/2418/2419)
Russia2005-12-25Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-87/M4/M5 launch
Russia2005-12-25Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-87/M4/M5 launch
2006-12-26: GLONASS-M6/M7/M8 (Kosmos-2424/2425/2426)
Russia2006-12-26Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-M6/M7/M8 launch
Russia2006-12-26Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-M6/M7/M8 launch
2007-10-26: GLONASS-M9/M10/M11 (Kosmos-2431/2432/2433)
Russia2007-10-26Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-M9/M10/M11 launch
Russia2007-10-26Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-M9/M10/M11 launch
2007-12-25: GLONASS-M12/M13/M14 (Kosmos-2434/2435/2436)
Russia2007-12-25Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-M12/M13/M14 launch
Russia2007-12-25Polevaya(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-M12/M13/M14 launch
United States2007-12-26Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGLONASS-M12/M13/M14 launch; "it is likely that the satellites will be designated Cosmos-2435, Cosmos-2436, and Cosmos-2437"
2008-09-25: GLONASS-M15/M16/M17 (Kosmos-2442/2443/2444)
Russia2008-09-25Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-M15/M16/M17 launch
2011-02-26: GLONASS-K (Kosmos-2471)
Russia2011-02-26Kosmodrome Plesetsk(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-K launch
2011-11-28: GLONASS-M746 (Kosmos-2478)
Russia2011-11-28Kosmodrome Plesetsk(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGLONASS-M746 launch
2019-05-27: GLONASS-M758 (Kosmos-2534)
Finland2019-05-27Kerava(SVP) cachet on coverGLONASS-M758 launch
GLONASS (on other than GLONASS launch covers)
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Ruimtevaart Filatelie Club Nederland) insert from BSat-2b and ARTEMIS launch cover, also front"Glasnoss" (GLONASS)
(Selected) Galileo (ESA)
2005-12-28: GIOVE-A
French Guiana2005-12-28Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGIOVE-A launch
Russia2005-12-28Korolev 9, Moscow Oblast(Lollini) cachet on coverGIOVE-A launch (but early-design ESA-Galileo depicted)
Russia2005-12-28Polevaya(Lollini) cachet on coverGIOVE-A launch (but early-design ESA-Galileo depicted)
2008-04-26: GIOVE-B
United States2008-04-26Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGIOVE-B launch (also "demonstration satellite for Galileo", "US GPS system", and "Russian GLONASS system" in text)
2011-10-21: Galileo-IOV-PFM-1 / Tils and 2 / Natalia
French Guiana2011-10-21Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGalileo-IOV-PFM-1 and 2 launch
French Guiana2011-10-21Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGalileo-IOV-PFM-1 and 2 launch
Gabon2011-10-21Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverGalileo-IOV-PFM-1 and 2 launch
2012-10-12: Galileo-IOV-FM-3 / David and 4 / Sif
French Guiana2012-10-12Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGalileo-IOV-FM-3 and 4 launch
French Guiana2012-10-12Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverGalileo-IOV-FM-3 and 4 launch
2014-08-22: Galileo-5 and Galileo-6
French Guiana2014-11-28Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalileo-5 and 6 "rescue" (in French text, meaning boost from insufficient to proper orbit)
2015-03-27: Galileo-7 and Galileo-8
French Guiana2015-03-28Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalileo-7 and 8 launch
2015-12-17: Galileo-11 and Galileo-12
French Guiana2015-12-17Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGalileo-11 and 12 launch
2016-05-24: Galileo-13 and Galileo-14
French Guiana2016-05-24Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGalileo-13 and 14 launch
2016-11-17: Galileo-15/16/17/18
French Guiana2016-11-17Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. Safran Héraklès) cachet on coverGalileo-15/16/17/18 launch
2017-12-12: Galileo-19/20/21/22
French Guiana2017-12-12Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. ArianeGroupe LHA) cachet on coverGalileo-19/20/21/22 launch
Galileo (on other than Galileo launch covers)
French Guiana1981-12-19Kourou(Groppo Filatelico) cachet on Marecs-1 and CAT-4 launch coverthe satellite is equipped with sensors IRES-A and ESS, which are from the Galileo suite of sensors (in Italian text)
French Guiana1982-09-09Kourou(Gruppo Filatelico) cachet on Marecs-B [failed] launch coverthe satellite is equipped with sensors IRES-A and ESS, which are from the Galileo suite of sensors (in Italian text)
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Ruimtevaart Filatelie Club Nederland) insert from BSat-2b and ARTEMIS launch cover, also frontESA-"Galileo"
French Guiana2009-02-12Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on HotBird-10 and NSS-9 and SPIRALE launch coverESA-"Galileo" (GIOVE-A)
(Selected) Beidou (BD) (China/PRC)
2000-10-30: BD-1A
China (People's Republic)2000-10-31Yibin(Pictorial) cancelBD-1A launch
2007-02-02: BD-1D
United States2007-02-02Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-1D launch
China (People's Republic)2007-02-03
2007-02-07 (back)
Xi-Chang?
? (back)
(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverBD-1D launch
unknown event (back)
2010-01-16: BD-2-G1
China (People's Republic)2010-01-17Xi-Chang?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-2-G1 launch
China (People's Republic)2010-01-17Xi-Chang?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverBD-2-G1 launch
China (People's Republic)2010-01-17?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverBD-2-G1 launch
China (People's Republic)2010-01-17?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverBD-2-G1 launch
2009-04-14: BD-2-G2
China (People's Republic)2009-04-15?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-2-G2 launch
2010-07-31: BD-2-I1
China (People's Republic)2010-08-01?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-2-I1 launch
2012-09-18: BD-2-M2/M5
China (People's Republic)2012-09-19Xi-Chang?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-2-M2/M5 launch
2020-06-23: BD-3-G3Q
China (People's Republic)2020-06-23Mian Ning, Sichuan; Sha Ba PO 1(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverBD-3-G3Q (BD-55) launch
China (People's Republic)2020-06-23Mian Ning, Sichuan; Sha Ba PO 1(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverBD-3-G3Q (BD-55) launch (but BD-1 depicted at right)
China (People's Republic)2020-06-23?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverBD-3-G3Q (BD-55) launch (but DFH-3 depicted)
IRNSS / NAVIC (India/ISRO)
No launch cover images available yet
QZS / Michibiki (JAXA)
No launch cover images available yet


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