Insat

Indian National SATellite (Insat)
[with meteorological instrumentation]
and MetSat / Kalpana

MetSat-1
InsatMetSat-1

This page contains philatelic information on the Insat (Indian National SATellite) series and MetSat / Kaplana. 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.

Many early Insat had dual meteorological/communications functions, but most later Insat had only telecommunications capabilities. This page contains only those Insat [with meteorological instrumentation]. The [complete] Insat-series, including Insat-3D and Insat-3DR (dedicated meteorological satellites), are found in a separate page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below or elsewhere)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below or elsewhere)
Insat (India)
[with meteorological instrumentation]
Insat (India)
[with meteorological instrumentation]
Insat (India)
[with meteorological instrumentation]
Insat (on other than Insat launch covers)
MetSat / Kalpana
(India)
MetSat / Kalpana
(India)
MetSat / Kalpana
(India)


Below is a list of Insat series and MetSat / Kalpana postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Insat (India) [with meteorological instrumentation]
BeninUnknown a (Mi none)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014Insat-3C launch (also launch date in text)
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown a proof
Unknown ia proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof on FDC
Chad675a (Mi1418)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (675)1998Insat-2B
Guinea RepublicBL840A fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2003Insat-3C
Guinea RepublicBL841A fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi4177A
Mi4177B
From MS8 (8x Mi4177A)
Imperforate
2005"Insat-3A"
Guinea RepublicBL881A
BL881B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi4177A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi4177B)
Guinea RepublicBL888A
BL888B
One of MS2 (Mi4176A-4177A)
One of imperforate MS2 (Mi4176B-4177B)
IndiaNoneInland letter sheet198?Insat-1
India1020 (Mi953)1983Insat-1
India1746 (Mi1685)1999Insat-1
Libya1306a (Mi1659)One of MS6 (1306 (a-f)) (Mi1659-1664)1986Insat-1
Niger1075d (Mi1950A)
i1075d (Mi1950B)
One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947A-1952A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1075 (a-f))
2001"Insat-1A"
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
Pakistan1023 (Mi?)From MS20 (1023a (20x 1023)), also annotated2003Insat-1
Pakistan1023 fdcStamp and cachet (annotated) on FDC, also back
Pakistan1023 leafletLeaflet, also back
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown e (Mi none)
Unknown ie
One of MS9 (a-i) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i))
2005Insat-3C
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss (BL none)On stamp of imperforate SS1 [known illegal issue]
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc1Imperforate MS9 on FDC (black cancel)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc2Imperforate MS9 on FDC (red cancel)
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 Islands1977 (BL679)SS12009"Insat-3C" (on stamp), Insat-1A (in upper-right margin)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Insat-3D" [meteorological only]
Venezuela1576i (Mi3127)One of MS10 (1576 (a-j)) (Mi3123-3132)1997"Insat-1B"
MetSat / Kalpana (India)
IndiaNone(Lupex pictorial) cancel on cover2003MetSat-1 / "Kalpana-1"


Below is a list of Insat series and MetSat / Kalpana launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Insat (India) [with meteorological instrumentation]
1982-04-10: Insat-1A
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Whitney orange and green and black) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Whitney orange and green and black) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial-like) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
United States1982-04-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Red printed) cachet on coverInsat-1A launch
1983-08-30: Insat-1B (deployed by STS-8)
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch/RCA) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney black and magenta) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial red rocket, type-1 and blue printed and blue hand-printed) cachet on coverSTS-8 launch (Pioneer-3/4 type, Pioneer-5/Explorer-62, and Vanguard-2 depicted)
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial-like) cachet (different) on coverSTS-8 launch
United States1983-08-30
1983-08-14
1983-09-05
(Kennedy Space Center FL)
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Mission patch) cachet on cover; also folder p1/front, folder p2, folder p3, folder p4, folder p5, and folder p6/backSTS-8 launch
STS-8 expected launch
STS-8 landing
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverInsat-1B deployed
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverInsat-1B deployed
United States1983-08-31Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverInsat-1B deployed
United States1983-08-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Titusville-Moonport Stamp Club) cachet (and signature) on coverInsat-1B deployed
United States1983-09-01Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on cover"payload flight test article"
United States1983-09-03Houston TX(Red-brown printed) cachet on cover"Operational test" of TDRS-1 (in anticipation of its planned contribution to the STS-9 Spacelab-1 mission)
United States1983-09-03WSMR, NM(Space Voyage purple and orange) cachet on cover"Operational test" of TDRS-1 (in anticipation of its planned contribution to the STS-9 Spacelab-1 mission)
United States1983-09-05Greenbelt MD(Greenbelt STDN Station black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Moffett Field CA(NASA Ames Research Center) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Edwards AFB, CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Edwards CA(SCCS) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Edwards CA(Red-orange rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) coverSTS-8 landing
United States1983-09-05Greenbelt MD(GSFC Shuttle Tracking Team blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-8 landing
1988-07-21: Insat-1C (and Eutelsat-1-F5)
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(CPK) cachet (different) on coverInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(CPK) cachet (different) on cardInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on cardInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on cover, also backInsat-1C launch
French Guiana1988-07-21Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet (different) on cover, also backInsat-1C launch
France1988-07-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
Netherlands1988-07-22Noordwijk(Red pictorial) meter and (ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverInsat-1C launch
1990-06-12: Insat-1D1
United States1990-06-12Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverInsat-1D launch
United States1990-06-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Edwin J. Isler? black and orange sticker) cachet on coverInsat-1D launch
United States1990-06-12Cape Canaveral FL(Carsten Fuchs/Ken Havekotte) cachet on coverInsat-1D launch
1992-07-09: Insat-2A (and Eutelsat-2-F4)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-2A launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2A launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-2A launch
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(ESA / KPS ?) cachet on coverInsat-2A launch
1993-07-22: Insat-2B (and Hispasat-1B)
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2B launch
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-2B launch (but "TDF" depicted)
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(KPS?) cachets on coverInsat-2B launch
French Guiana1993-07-22Kourou(KPS?) cachet on cardInsat-2B launch
1999-04-03: Insat-2E
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2E launch
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-2E launch
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverInsat-2E launch (reproductions of launch covers for the following satellites (Insat-2C and Telecom-2C, Intelsat-801, HotBird-1 and Brasilsat-B2, BSat-1b and Nilesat-101, MaqSat-B and MaqSat-H and TEAMSAT and YES)
Gabon1999-04-03Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-2E launch
2003-04-09: Insat-3A (and Galaxy-12)
French Guiana2003-04-09Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverInsat-3A launch
2002-01-23: Insat-3C
French Guiana2002-01-23Kourou(KPS) cachet on coverInsat-3C launch
French Guiana2002-01-23Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverInsat-3C launch
2013-07-25: Insat-3D [meteorological only] (and Inmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat)
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverInsat-3D launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverInsat-3D launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Historiaphil) cachet on coverInsat-3D launch
French Guiana2013-07-25Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverInsat-3D launch
Insat (on other than Insat launch covers)
French Guiana1998-04-28Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on BSat-1b and Nilesat-101 launch cover(incorrectly noted as "Insat-2E" in text)
2002-09-12: MetSat / Kalpana (India)
No launch cover images available yet

1Insat-1D launch newspaper article


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