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This page contains philatelic information on Galaxy series 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.

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)
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Below is a list of Galaxy-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Galaxy
Central African Republic901a (BL452A)
i901a (BL452B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (901)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i901)
1987(early-design) Galaxy-4/7 type; (see also Central Africa 911b and Djibouti C233a)
Central African Republic911b (BL456A)
i911b (BL456B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (911)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i911)
1989(early-design) Galaxy-4/7 type (with lower antenna hidden, but "Intelsat-5" in text); (see also Central Africa 901a and Djibouti C233a)
Chad691a (Mi1416)
i691a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (691)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i691)
1996Galaxy-4/7 type (but "Astra" in text)
ChadMi2580+2582+2584_ms3In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2012"Galaxie-12"
ChadMi2580+2582+2584_ms3 fdcMS3 on FDC
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987(early-design) Galaxy-4/7 type (but "Intelsat-7" (in text, in upper-right margin); (see also Central Africa 901a and Central Africa 911b)
FranceNone(Lettre-verte) personalized postage, from booklet of 10 (10x single)2022"Galaxie-35/36" (in text only)
Guinea RepublicBL1158In (upper) margin of SS1 (Mi4644)2007Galaxy-3R (now Anik-E2R)
Guinea RepublicBL886A
BL886B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4182A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4182B)
2005Galaxy-4R/10R/13 (same design as AsiaSat-4 and Panamsat-9)
Guinea RepublicBL886A-887A fdc
BL886B-887B fdc
One of two SS1 on FDC
One of two imperforate SS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL888A
BL888B
In (upper) margin of MS2 (Mi4176A-4177A)
In (upper) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi4176B-4177B)
Mali1080 (Mi2498-2501)
i1080
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (1080 (a-d))
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (i1080 (a-d))
2000Galaxy-4R/10R/13 (same design as AsiaSat-4 and Panamsat-9)
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
2007Galaxy-4R/10R/13 (same design as AsiaSat-4 and Panamsat-9)
MozambiqueUnknown ss proof1SS1 progressive proof (blue)
MozambiqueUnknown ss proof2SS1 progressive proof (grey)
MozambiqueUnknown ss proof3SS1 progressive proof (magenta)
MozambiqueUnknown ss proof4SS1 progressive proof (yellow)
Niger910a (Mi1223)
i910a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (910)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i910)
1996Galaxy-4/7 type (but "Astra" in text)
Romania3929 (BL290)In (upper-left) margin of SS11994(early-design) Galaxy-12
Romania3929 fdcSS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL none)
Unknown iss
On top of stamp of SS1: partially beneath the stamp-on-stamp: Germany 1643 [known illegal issue]
On stamp of imperforate SS1
2005Galaxy-12
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left) margin of MS9 (a-i)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2006Galaxy-12
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 on FDC
Imperforate MS9 on FDC
Switzerland890 (Mi1444)1991"Ariane-4" launch V-39 on 12 October 1990, with an artistic depiction of Galaxy-6 and SBS-6 in a vertical stack1 in the upper stage of the rocket, ready to be deployed as the fairing is jettisoned
Switzerland890-891 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC (multi-color printed cachet)
Switzerland890-891 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC card (MSiwss PTT cachet)
Switzerland890-891 fdc3(Swiss PTT) FDC postcard back (but front is missing and therefore existence of stamps and a cancel is questionable)

1Ariane-4 used the cylindrical SPELDA (Structure Porteuse Externe pour Lancements Double Ariane) housing inside the fairing for double satellite launches. The artistic rendering in the stamp shows a flat panel but that is misleading. It should be curved, as part of the cylindrical SPELDA housing.


Below is a list of Galaxy-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Galaxy
1983-06-28: Galaxy-1
United States1983-06-28Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverGalaxy-1 launch
United States1983-06-28Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on coverGalaxy-1 launch
United States1983-06-28Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney purple) cachet on coverGalaxy-1 launch
United States1983-06-28Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGalaxy-1 launch
United States1983-06-28Cape Canaveral FL(Orange and brown printed) cachet on coverGalaxy-1 launch
United States1983-06-28Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGalaxy-1 launch
1992-08-22: Galaxy-1R [failed]
United States1992-08-22Cape Canaveral FL(Gold printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGalaxy-1R launch [failed] (but A-1 depicted)
1983-09-22: Galaxy-2
United States1983-09-22Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on (airmail) coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Cape Canaveral FL(Havekotte gold and green rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Cape Canaveral FL(Havekotte gold and green rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Merritt Island FL(Blue rubber-stamp and black typed) cachet on (airmail) coverGalaxy-2 launch
United States1983-09-22Cape Canaveral FL(Orange and brown printed) cachet on coverGalaxy-2 launch
1984-09-21: Galaxy-3
United States1984-09-21Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black) cachet on coverGalaxy-3 launch
United States1984-09-21Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black) cachet on (airmail) coverGalaxy-3 launch
United States1984-09-21Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverGalaxy-3 launch
1995-12-14: Galaxy-3R / now Anik-E2R
United States1995-12-14Cape Canaveral FL(Carsten Fuchs/Ken Havekotte) cachet on coverGalaxy-3R (now Anik-E2R) launch
1993-06-25: Galaxy-4
French Guiana1993-06-24Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-4 launch
United States1993-06-24Cape Canaveral FL(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-4 launch (but Olympus depicted)
1992-03-13: Galaxy-5
United States1992-03-13Cape Canaveral FL(Carsten Fuchs/Ken Havekotte) cachet on coverGalaxy-5 launch
1990-10-12: Galaxy-6 (and SBS-6)
French Guiana1990-10-12Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverGalaxy-6 launch
French Guiana1990-10-12Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-6 launch
French Guiana1990-10-12Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-6 launch
1992-10-28: Galaxy-7
French Guiana1992-10-27Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-7 launch
French Guiana1992-10-27Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-7 launch
1998-08-26: Galaxy-10 [failed]
United States1998-08-26Cape Canaveral FL(Blue printed) cachet on coverGalaxy-10 launch [failed]
1999-12-21: Galaxy-11
French Guiana1999-12-21Kourou(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-11 launch
French Guiana1999-12-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-11 launch
2000-01-25: Galaxy-10R
French Guiana2000-01-24Kourou(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-10R launch
French Guiana2000-01-24Kourou(Éditions Philatéliques Européennes) cachet on cover, also backGalaxy-10R launch
2000-04-19: Galaxy-4R
United States2000-04-18Cape Canaveral FL(C.E. SNECMA Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-4R launch
2003-04-09: Galaxy-12 (and Insat-3A)
French Guiana2003-04-09Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverGalaxy-12 launch
2005-10-13: Galaxy-15 (and Syracuse-3A)
French Guiana2005-10-13Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverGalaxy-15 launch
French Guiana2005-10-13Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverGalaxy-15 launch
French Guiana2005-10-13Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-15 launch
2007-05-04: Galaxy-17 (and Astra-1L)
French Guiana2007-05-03Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverGalaxy-17 launch
French Guiana2007-05-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-17 launch (but Sirius-4 depicted)
French Guiana2007-05-04Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-17 launch (but Sirius-4 depicted)
2008-05-21: Galaxy-18
Russia2008-05-21Korolev Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverGalaxy-18 launch
1999-02-15: Galaxy-26 (was Telstar-6)
Russia1999-02-15Baikonur(Red-brown printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverGalaxy-26 (Telstar-6) launch
1999-09-25: Galaxy-27 (was Telstar-7)
Gabon1999-09-25Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-27 (Telstar-7) launch
French Guiana1999-09-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-27 (Telstar-7) launch
French Guiana1999-09-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-27 (Telstar-7) launch
French Guiana1999-09-25Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverGalaxy-27 (Telstar-7) launch
2020-08-15: Galaxy-30 (and BSat-4b and MEV-2)
France2020-08-15Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-30 launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-30 launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-30 launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-30 launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-30 launch
Gabon2020-08-15Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-30 launch
United States2021-04-12Dulles VA(Lollini) cachet on cover"MEV-2 successfully attached to Intelsat-10-02" (on the cancel date 12 April 2021 - "10 Feb 2021" in the cachet text is incorrect)
2022-11-12: Galaxy-31/32
United States2022-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverGalaxy-31/32 launch
United States2022-11-12Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-31/32 launch
2022-10-08: Galaxy-33/34
United States2022-10-08Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverGalaxy-33/34 launch
United States2022-10-08Cape Canaveral FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverGalaxy-33/34 launch
United States2022-10-08Cape Canaveral FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverGalaxy-33/34 launch
United States2022-10-08Cape Canaveral FL(Mission patch) cachet (different) on coverGalaxy-33/34 launch
2022-12-13: Galaxy-35/36 (and MTG-I1)
No launch cover images available yet


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