ISS

(Selected)
ISS and other
space-station-related
sub-satellites

Salyut Mir
ISSSalyut
(and Soyuz capsule)
Mir
(core)

This page contains philatelic information on the (selected) International Space Station (ISS) and other space-station-related sub-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)
Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982) Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982) Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982)
Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991) Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991) Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991)
Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001) Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001) Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001)
(Selected) ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →) (Selected) ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →) (Selected) ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →)


Below is a list of (selected) ISS and other space-station-related sub-satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982)
Russia (USSR)4783a (Mi?)Pair of stamps (4783a (4782-4783))1979KRT-10 (radio telescope) attached to Salyut-6
Russia (USSR)4783a fdcPair of stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on (airmail) stamped envelope, also back1980KRT-10 (radio telescope) attached to Salyut-6
Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991)
Russia (USSR)5138a label (Mi5267-5268 label)Label from strip of 2 (5138a (5137-5138 + label))1983"the radio-amateur satellites Iskra-2 and Iskra-3 were deployed" (translation of 5th bullet text)
Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001)
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel and cachet on postal card1997"GFZ-1"
Guyana3502c (Mi6960)
i3502c
One of MS6 (3502 (a-f)) (Mi6958-6963)
One of imperforate MS6 (i3502 (a-f))
2000"Inspector"
Guyana3502 artworkOn one of imperforate artwork MS6
Russia (USSR)None(Red and black printed) cachet on cover1993"Columbus-500" (Znamya) solar sail attached to Progress-M15 (the first solar sail deployed in space, tested the deployment of a thin film sail and was used in a space illumination experiment in which the sail served as a mirror)
Russia (USSR)None(Red and black printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on postcard
(Selected) ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →)
Bhutan1601 (BL594)Simulated 3-dimensional MS4 (1601 (a-d)), also alternate-view (from another angle)2018"Bhutan-1"
Bhutan1601 folderFolder, also back
Lithuania1033+label1 (Mi1170+label1)From MS16 + 4 (unique) labels2014"LituanicaSat-1" / OSCAR-78 (on stamp and labels 1, 2 and 5; also in cancel in FDCs 4 and 5 and in cachet in FDCs 1, 4 and 5), "LitSat-1" (on stamp and labels 3, 4, and 6; also in cancel in FDCs 1, 2 and 3 and in cachet in FDCs 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Lithuania1033+label2 (Mi1170+label2)
Lithuania1033+label3 (Mi1170+label3)
Lithuania1033+label4 (Mi1170+label4)
Lithuania1033+label5 (Mi1170+label5)From booklet pane of 6 (1033b (6x 1033 + 2 (unique) labels), with booklet outside (front and back) and inside
Lithuania1033+label6 (Mi1170+label6)
Lithuania1033aTÍte-bÍche pair
Lithuania1033 fdc1Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet on FDC
Lithuania1033 fdc2Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
Lithuania1033 fdc3Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
Lithuania1033 fdc4Stamp and (pictorial) cancel (different) and cachet (different) on FDC
Lithuania1033 fdc5Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
Mexico3158 (Mi4180)From MS15 (3158b (15x 3158))2019"AzTechSat-1"
Mexico3158a (BL110)SS1
Mexico3158a folderFDC folder with (pictorial) cancel, also outside (front and back), and inside/page2
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"ArduSat-1"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"PicoDragon"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"TechEdSat-3" (but TechEdSat-1 depicted)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"LitSat-1" (2013-12-19 is incorrect launch date)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"LituanicaSat-1" / OSCAR-78 (2013-12-19 is incorrect launch date)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"UAPSat-1" (2013-12-19 is incorrect launch date)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)


Below is a list of (selected) ISS and other space-station-related sub-satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Salyut-6 related sub-satellites (1977 — 1982)
1979-06-28 (launched to Salyut-6) [with Progress-7]
1979-07-18 (undock from Salyut-6): KRT-10
Russia1979-07-18Izhe(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on stamped envelopeKRT-10 (Progress-7 undock from Salyut-6)
Salyut-7 related sub-satellites (1982 — 1991)
1982-05-14 (launched with Salyut-7)
1982-05-17 (deployed from Salyut-7): Iskra-2
No launch cover images available yet
1982-10-31 (launched to Salyut-7) [with Progress-16]
1982-11-18 (deployed from Salyut-7): Iskra-3
No launch cover images available yet
Mir-related sub-satellites (1986 — 2001)
1991-05-30 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M8]
1991-06-17 (deployed from Mir): MAK-1 (and Naduvaniy Hazovoy Ballon)
No launch cover images available yet
1991-05-30 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M8]
1991-08-15 (deployed from Mir): Naduvaniy Hazovoy Ballon (and MAK-1)
No launch cover images available yet
1992-10-27 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M15]
1992-11-20 (deployed from Mir): MAK-2
No launch cover images available yet
1992-10-27 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M15]
1993-02-04 (deployed from Mir): Znamya-2
No launch cover images available yet
1995-04-09 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M27]
1995-04-18 (deployed from Mir): GFZ-1
No launch cover images available yet
1997-10-05 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M36]
1997-10-05 (deployed from Mir): Inspector-1
No launch cover images available yet
1997-10-05 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M36]
1997-11-04 (deployed from Mir): RS-17a / Sputnik-40
No launch cover images available yet
1998-10-25 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M40]
1998-11-10 (deployed from Mir): RS-18 / Sputnik-41
No launch cover images available yet
1998-10-25 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M40]
1998-11-10 (deployed from Mir): Znamya-2.5
No launch cover images available yet
1999-04-02 (launched to Mir) [with Progress-M41]
1999-04-16 (deployed from Mir): RS-19 / Sputnik-99
No launch cover images available yet
(Selected) ISS-related sub-satellites (1998 →)
2001-11-26 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M1-7]
2002-02-14 (deployed from ISS): RS-21 / Kolibri-2000
Russia2001-11-26Kosmodrome Baikonur(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverRS-21 (Kolibri-2000) launch (to ISS)
Russia2001-11-28Korolev(Yellow and blue and black printed) cachet on coverRS-21 (Kolibri-2000) event (Progress-M1-7, which carried the satellite, docking with the ISS)
Russia2002-02-14Korolev-1, 141071 Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverRS-21 (Kolibri-2000) deployed (from ISS)
2005-02-28 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M52]
2005-03-28 (deployed from ISS): TNS-0
No launch cover images available yet
2005-09-08 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M54]
2006-02-03 (deployed from ISS): OSCAR-54 / SuitSat
United States2006-02-03Houston TX(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverOSCAR-54 (SuitSat) deployed (from ISS)
2011-08-03 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M-09M]
2011-08-03 (deployed from ISS): ARISSat-1 / Kedr
Russia2011-08-03Korolev 141079 Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverARISSat-1 (Kedr) deployed (from ISS)
2011-10-30 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M-13M]
2012-01-23 (deployed from ISS): RS-39 / Chibis-M
No launch cover images available yet
2012-08-01 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M-16M]
2012-08-20 (deployed from ISS): Sfera-53
No launch cover images available yet
2012-10-08 (launched to ISS) [with Dragon-CRS-1]
2012-10-08 (deployed before docking with ISS): Orbcomm-FM101 [failed1]
Russia2012-10-10Korolev, Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-1 docking with the ISS (Orbcomm-FM101, a secondary payload deployed earlier in this mission, failed to reach its orbit)
United States2012-10-28Long Beach CA(Lollini) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-1 (un-docking from ISS and splashdown)
2014-01-09 (launched to ISS) [with Cygnus-CRS-1]
2014-02-28 (deployed from ISS): OSCAR-78 / LituanicaSat-1 (and others)
United States2014-01-09Wallops Island VA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverCygnus-CRS-1 launch (with OSCAR-78 and others)
Russia2014-01-12Moscow(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverCygnus-CRS-1 docking with ISS (with OSCAR-78 and others)
2014-02-05 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-M-22M]
2014-08-18 (deployed from ISS): Chasqui-1
No launch cover images available yet
2015-12-21 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-MS]
2016-02-03 (deployed from ISS): Fleshka
No launch cover images available yet
2016-03-31 (launched to ISS) [with Progress-MS-2]
2017-08-17 (deployed from ISS): Tomsk-TPU-120
No launch cover images available yet
2018-05-21 (launched to ISS) [with Cygnus-CRS-9]
2018-07-13 (deployed from ISS): TEMPEST-D (and others)
No launch cover images available yet
2018-06-29 (launched to ISS) [with Dragon-CRS-15]
2018-08-10 (deployed from ISS): Bhutan-1 (and others)
United States2018-06-29Hawthorne CA(Lollini) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 launch (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-06-29Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 launch (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-06-29Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel and (Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 launch (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-07-02Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel and (Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 docking with ISS (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-07-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 docking with ISS (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-07-02Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 docking with ISS (with Bhutan-1 and others)
United States2018-07-02Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 un-docking from ISS and splashdown
United States2018-07-02Kennedy Space Center FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-15 un-docking from ISS and splashdown
2019-12-05 (launched to ISS) [with Dragon-CRS-19]
2020-02-19 (deployed from ISS): AzTechSat-1 (and others)
United States2019-12-05Cape Canaveral FL(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Cape Canaveral FL(Ranski) cachet (different) on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Ranski) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Ranski) cachet (different) on coverDragon-CRS-19 launch (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-06Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 in orbit and chasing the ISS (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-07Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 in orbit and moving closer to the ISS (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2019-12-08Hawthorne CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 docking with the ISS (with AzTechSat-1 and others)
United States2020-01-05Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 un-docking from the ISS
United States2020-01-05San Diego CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 un-docking from the ISS and splashdown [on 7 Jan]; "postmark date [5 Jan] was incorrectly applied"
United States2020-01-07Houston TX(Red Eagle) cachet on coverDragon-CRS-19 un-docking from the ISS and splashdown

1Orbcomm-FM101, carried as a secondary payload, was planned to be deployed from the second stage of the Falcon-9 launch rocket. However, during the ascent an engine anomaly in one of its nine first-stage engines resulted in an automatic engine shutdown and a subsequent longer-than-planned first-stage burn of the remaining eight engines to attain the correct insertion orbit for the Dragon capsule (the primary payload). This was accomplished at the expense of increased propellant use (compared to the nominal mission). Because of this, the planned second-stage burn was canceled and Orbcomm-FM101 had to be released into an unusable orbit, which decayed rapidly so that between two and four days later the satellite burned up in the atmosphere. Prior to the mission, both SpaceX and Orbcomm were aware of the risk that the secondary payload satellite could remain stranded at the lower altitude of the Dragon insertion orbit. Orbcomm agreed to take the risk, given the dramatically lower cost of launch for a secondary payload.


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