Radarsat-2

Radarsat and Envisat
(and other non-US and non-Japanese
environmental-observing satellites)

Envisat
Radarsat-2 (Canada)Envisat (ESA)

This page contains philatelic information on the Radarsat and Envisat (and other non-US and non-Japanese environmental-observing 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.

Early Okean spacecraft also had Kosmos designations, but since all of them had environmental observing as their primary mission, philatelic items referring to them are shown in this page only.

The SMOS satellite is also known as Earth Explorer-2, one of the ESA Earth Explorer-series satellites.

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)
Radarsat / RCM
(Canada)
Radarsat / RCM
(Canada)
Radarsat / RCM
(Canada)
SciSat
(Canada)
SciSat
(Canada)
SciSat
(Canada)
Envisat
(ESA)
Envisat
(ESA)
Envisat forerunners
(PPF and POEM)
Envisat (on other than Envisat launch covers) Envisat
(ESA)
Resurs
(Russia/USSR)
Resurs
(Russia/USSR)
Resurs
(Russia/USSR)
Okean
(Russia/USSR)
Okean
(Russia/USSR)
Okean
(Russia/USSR)
Sich
(Russia-Ukraine)
Sich
(Russia-Ukraine)
Sich
(Russia-Ukraine)
Almaz2
(Russia/USSR)
Almaz2
(Russia/USSR)
Almaz2
(Russia/USSR)
EROS
(Israel)
EROS
(Israel)
EROS
(Israel)
Ofeq
(Israel)
Ofeq
(Israel)
Ofeq
(Israel)
Rocsat / Formosat
(Taiwan)
Rocsat / Formosat
(Taiwan)
Rocsat / Formosat
(Taiwan)
SAC
(Argentina)
SAC
(Argentina)
SAC
(Argentina)
AlSat
(Algeria)
AlSat
(Algeria)
AlSat
(Algeria)
Kompsat / Arirang
(South Korea)
Kompsat / Arirang
(South Korea)
Kompsat / Arirang
(South Korea)
SMOS
(ESA)
SMOS
(ESA)
SMOS
(ESA)
Pleiades (Pléiades)
(France)
Pleiades (Pléiades)
(France)
Pleiades (Pléiades)
(France)
Pleiades (on other than Pleiades launch covers)
Megha-Tropiques
(India-France)
Megha-Tropiques
(India-France)
Megha-Tropiques
(India-France)
SARAL
(India-France)
SARAL
(India-France)
SARAL
(India-France)
DubaiSat / KhalifaSat
(UAR)
DubaiSat / KhalifaSat
(UAR)
DubaiSat / KhalifaSat
(UAR)


Below is a list of Radarsat and Envisat (and other non-US and non-Japanese environmental-observing satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Radarsat / RCM (Canada)
Canada1595-1598 fdc (Mi1533-1536 fdc)(Pictorial) cancel on FDC (Canada Post Corp. cachet)1996Radarsat
Canada1831c (Mi1822)One of MS4 (1831 (a-d)) (BL49, Mi1820-1823)2000Radarsat (in blue)
Canada1831 fdcMS4 on FDC, also back
CanadaP105$100. (banknote) back, also front2004Radarsat
Guinea RepublicBL895A
BL895B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2005"Radarsat-1"
Mali847d (Mi1675)
i847d
One of MS4 (847 (a-d)) (Mi1672-1675)
One of imperforate MS4 (i847 (a-d))
1996"Radarsat"
Russia6326 cover (Mi504 cover)(Cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1998"Radarsat"-1 (based on cover date, but image does not look like Radarsat)
SciSat (Canada)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
Envisat forerunners (PPF and POEM)
Comoro Islands768 (Mi964)
i768

Imperforate
1991(probable) POEM (Polar Orbiting Earth Observation Mission) satellite, derived from the "Polar Plate-forme" (PPF)4 of the original "Columbus" program; the POEM design and environmental-observing elements were integrated into what became Envisat, while the meteorological-observing components eventually became part of MetOp-1.
Comoro Islands768b (BL350A)
i768b (BL350B)
On stamp of SS1 (768)
Imperforate SS1 (i768)
Paraguay2265a (5x Mi4281)Label2 and selvedge2 from MS4 (4x 2265 + 5 labels)1989ESA "Plataforma Polar (PPF)"4; (the earliest forerunner of Envisat)
Envisat (ESA)
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel2001"Envisat"
Mali847c (Mi1674)
i847c
One of MS4 (847 (a-d)) (Mi1672-1675)
One of imperforate MS4 (i847 (a-d))
1996"Envisat"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS9 (a-i)2006Envisat
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdcMS9 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc1Imperforate MS9 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims fdc2Imperforate MS9 on FDC (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
SomaliaUnknown iss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS12002"Envisat"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Envisat-1"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Envisat" image
Resurs (Russia/USSR)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c) [known illegal issue]2013"Resurs-DK1"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c) [known illegal issue]"Resurs-P"
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1991"Resurs-F"-1
Russia (USSR)NoneOverprinted cachet on 1991 stamped envelope1992"Resurs-F"-1
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Resurs-P1"
Okean (Russia/USSR)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c) [known illegal issue]
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Okean-O"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
Russia (USSR)5496 (Mi5646)One of pair (5497a (5496-5497)) (Mi5646-5647), also detail1986Okean
Russia (USSR)5497b (BL none)MS8 (4x (5496-5497))
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card1987Okean
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card (with different cancel)1987Okean
United Nations550-551 fdc (Mi575-576 fdc)(UNPA) cachet on FDC1989Okean
United Nations
UN (Geneva)
UN (Vienna)
550-551 fdc
176-177 fdc
91-92 fdc
(UNPA) cachet on FDC1989Okean
United Nations (Geneva)176-177 fdc (Mi176-177 fdc)(UNPA) cachet on FDC1989Okean
United Nations (Vienna)91-92 fdc (Mi92-93 fdc)(UNPA) cachet on FDC1989Okean
Sich (Russia-Ukraine)
Ukraine240 (Mi177)1996"Sich-1"
Ukraine240 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel on FDC
Ukraine542 fdc (Mi632 fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2004Sich-1
UkraineKM2045 hryvni (copper-nickel coin)2004Sich1
UkraineNoneCachet on cover2014Sich-1
Almaz2 (Russia/USSR)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415c (Mi none)
i1415c
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Almaz
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415cd (BL none)On stamp of SS1 (1415c)
EROS (Israel)
IsraelKM37310 new sheqalim (gold coin)2003EROS
Ofeq3 (Israel)
Guyana3504f (Mi6969)
i3504f
One of MS6 (3504 (a-f)) (Mi6964-6969)
One of imperforate MS6 (i3504 (a-f))
2000"Offeq-1"
Guyana3504 fdcMS6 on FDC
IsraelNoneMedallion1988"Ofeq-1"
Israel1294+tab (Mi1409+tab)Stamp and tab1996"Ofeq-3"
Israel1294+tab fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet on FDC
Israel1294+tab maxiMaxicard
IsraelKM3711 new sheqel (silver coin)2003Ofeq-1/2 type
Rocsat / Formosat (Taiwan)
China (Taiwan)3133 (Mi2389)1997Rocsat-1
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415d (Mi none)
i1415d
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Rocsat
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415de (BL none)On stamp of SS1 (1415d)
SAC (Argentina)
Argentina1788 (Mi2163)1992"SAC-B"
Argentina2155 (Mi2664)2001"SAC-C"
Argentina2618 (Mi3412)2011"SAC-D" / "Aquarius"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"SAC-D" / "Aquarius"
United States4893 fdc (Mi5079 fdc)(?) cachet on FDC2014SAC-D
AlSat (Algeria)
Algeria1322 (Mi1440)2004"AlSat-1"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"AlSat-1"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"AlSat-2A"
Kompsat / Arirang (South Korea)
The polar-orbiting Kompsat / Arirang series should not be confused with the geostationary Geo-Kompsat / Cheollian series.
Belarus693 (Mi764)From booklet pane of 6 (693a (3x (692-693) + 2 labels)) with booklet front, or from MS7 (693b (7x 693 + label)) (Mi763-764)2009Kompsat-2
Korea (South)NoneCachet on postal card2001(possible) Kompsat-1
Korea (South)NoneOne of Christmas seal MS102008Kompsat-2
Korea (South)NoneOn cancel of postal card2016Kompsat-2
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415a (Mi none)
i1415a
One of MS9 (1415 (a-i))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1415 (a-i))
1999Kompsat-1
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1415ab (BL none)On stamp of SS1 (1415a)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1416i (Mi none)
i1416i
One of MS9 (1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
One of imperforate MS9 (i1416 (a-i + 3 labels))
1999Kompsat-1
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1416ij (BL none)
i1416ij
On stamp of SS1 (1416i)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1416i)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)1416a-1416i fdcOne of nine stamps on FDC
NigerUnknown (Mi?)In (upper) margin of MS4 (a-d)2000Kompsat-1
St. Thomas and Prince Islands2170 (Mi4204-4208)In (upper-center) margin of MS5 (a-e)2009Kompsat-2 (not "Mugunghwa-5" as in text)
St. Thomas and Prince Islands2170 fdcMS5 and (multi-color printed) cachet (same design as margin) on FDC
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Kompsat-2"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Kompsat-3"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Kompsat-5"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Kompsat-5"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)"Kompsat-5"
Uzbekistan793 (BL78)SS12015Kompsat-2
SMOS / Earth Explorer-2 (ESA)
MaliUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2012"SMOS"
MaliUnknown fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
MaliUnknown proofSigned-proof MS4
MaliUnknown fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Pleiades (Pléiades) (France)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories468e (Mi786)One of strip of 5 (468 (a-e + 5 labels)) (Mi782-786), or five of MS25 (468f (5x 468 (a-e + 5 labels)))2012"Pleiades"
Ivory CoastUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2012"Pleiades"
Ivory CoastUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
MalawiUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Pleiades"
Maldive Islands3221c (Mi5357)One of MS4 (3221 (a-d)) (Mi5355-5358)2014
Maldive Islands3221 fdc (Mi5355-5358 fdc)MS4 on FDC
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"Pléiades-HR1B"
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)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)
Megha-Tropiques (India-France)
France4799 (Mi6119)Joint issue with India 27252015"Megha-Tropiques"; also, the FDC folder specifies that "Megha-Tropiques" is "a tropical atmosphere observation satellite"
France4798-4799 proofProof (4798-4799)
France
India
4798-4799 folderFolder (4798-4799 and India 2725-2726)
France
India
4798-4799 fdc-folderFDC folder inside (4798-4799 and India 2725-2726), (one of two cancels depicts the satellite); also front
India2725 (Mi2870)Joint issue with France 47992015Megha-Tropiques"; also, p1 of the brochure specifies that "Megha-Tropiques" is "an Indo-French joint satellite mission ... for studying the water cycle and energy exchanges in the tropics"
India2725-2726 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
India2725-2726 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC (different)
India2726a (BL128)MS2 (a-b)
India2726a fdc1MS2 on FDC (Lucknow cancel)
India2726a fdc2MS2 on FDC (Amritsar cancel)
India2726a fdc3MS2 on FDC (Kolkata cancel)
India2726a fdc4MS2 on FDC on brochure (Kolkata cancel)
India2725-2726 brochureBrochure, including page1 and page2
India2725-2726 fdc-brochureFDC brochure, including page1 and page2
India
France
2725-2726 folderFolder (2725-2726 and France 4798-4799)
India
France
2725-2726 fdc folderFDC folder inside (2725-2726 and France 4798-4799), (one of two cancels depicts the satellite); also front
SARAL (India-France)
France4798 (Mi6118)Joint issue with India 27262015"SARAL"; also, the FDC folder specifies that SARAL is "an oceanography and localisation satellite" ("localisation" refers to its Argos capability)
France4798-4799 proofProof (4798-4799)
France
India
4798-4799 folderFolder (4798-4799 and India 2725-2726)
France
India
4798-4799 fdc-folderFDC folder inside (4798-4799 and India 2725-2726), (both cancels depict the satellite); also front
India2726 (Mi2871)From MS45 (2726b (45x 2726)); joint issue with France 47982015"SARAL"; also, p2 of the brochure specifies that SARAL is "a joint Indo-French satellite ... for "oceanographic studies"; it is equipped with "Argos and ALTIKA"
India2725-2726 fdc1One of two stamps and (pictorial) cancel and cachet on FDC
India2725-2726 fdc2One of two stamps and (pictorial) cancel and cachet (similar, including the depiction from the brochure) on FDC
India2726a (BL128)MS2 (a-b)
India2726a fdc1MS2 and (Lucknow pictorial) cancel on FDC
India2726a fdc2MS2 and (Amritsar pictorial) cancel on FDC
India2726a fdc3MS2 and (Kolkata pictorial) cancel on FDC
India2726a fdc4MS2 and (Kolkata pictorial) cancel on FDC on brochure
India2725-2726 brochureBrochure, including page1 and page2
India2725-2726 fdc-brochureFDC brochure, including page1 and page2
India
France
2725-2726 folderFolder (2725-2726 and France 4798-4799)
India
France
2725-2726 fdc folderFDC folder inside (2725-2726 and France 4798-4799), (both cancels depict the satellite); also front
DubaiSat / KhalifaSat (UAR)
GermanyNone(Biberpost) private post2020(similar to) KhalifaSat (but should be interpreted as an early design of Hope/Al Amal on this Mars mission issue)
United Arab Emirates1162 (Mi1214)2017(similar to) KhalifaSat (but should be interpreted as an early design of Hope/Al Amal on this Mars mission issue)
United Arab Emirates1162 fdcStamp and (Emirates Post) cachet (design like stamp) on FDC, also back
United Arab Emirates1192 (Mi?)2019"KhalifaSat"
United Arab Emirates1192a-c fdcThree stamps and (pictorial) cancel and (Emirates Post) cachet on FDC
United Arab Emirates1193 (BL?)Simulated 3-dimensional SS1, also alternate-view (from another angle)
United Arab EmiratesUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-d + 2x e), also annotated2020KhalifaSat

1Sich was an Earth-orbiting environmental-observing satellite. One side of the coin shows the satellite above the lunar surface, but that is incorrect. Sich (bogus) was never anywhere near the Moon.
2Later Almaz reconnaissance satellites only, not earlier Almaz space stations.
3Ofeq military/reconnaissance satellites are included because of the similarity of Ofeq-3+ to EROS.
4Work began in 1985 on ESA's ambitious Columbus program. It had three main components, one of which was the Polar Platform (PPF), an un-manned satellite that was conceived for the dual role of remote sensing and data relay, with the goal of a mid-1990s launch. Here is an artist's concept of the PPF from 1984. Unfortunately, budgets were tight and all the elements of the Columbus program were eventually modified or canceled. In 1988 the PPF design was scaled back to a smaller satellite based on the French SPOT-4 bus. Then in around 1990 that work was integrated into the design of an environmental-observing platform called POEM (Polar Observation Earth Mission), which eventually evolved into Envisat, whose origins can therefore be traced back through POEM to PPF.


Below is a list of Radarsat and Envisat (and other non-US and non-Japanese environmental-observing satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Radarsat / RCM (Canada)
1995-11-04: Radarsat-1
United States1995-11-04Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverRadarsat-1 launch
United States1995-11-04Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SCP sticker) cachet on coverRadarsat-1 launch
2007-12-14: Radarsat-2
Russia2007-12-14Polevaya(Printed) cachet on coverRadarsat-2 launch
Russia2007-12-14Baikonur(Printed) cachet (different) on coverRadarsat-2 launch
United States2007-12-14Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverRadarsat-2 launch (also "Radarsat-1" in text)
2019-06-12: RCM-1/2/3 (Radarsat Constellation Mission-1/2/3)
United States2019-06-12Vandenberg AFB, CA(Lollini) cachet on coverRCM-1/2/3 launch
2003-08-12: SciSat (Canada)
United States2003-08-12Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Lollini) cachet on coverSciSat-1 launch
United States2003-08-12Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Black printed) cachet on coverSciSat-1 launch
2002-03-01: Envisat (ESA)
French Guiana2002-02-28Kourou(Philatélie Arianespace) cachet on coverEnvisat launch
French Guiana2002-02-28Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverEnvisat launch
French Guiana2002-02-28Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverEnvisat launch
Envisat (on other than Envisat launch covers)
French Guiana2011-04-22Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on New Dawn (Intelsat-28) and Yahsat-1A launch cover"Satellite view of Earth - 2007 Greek fires (Envisat satellite)"
French Guiana2011-05-20Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on Insat-4G (GSat-8) launch cover"France 2008 - Satellite Envisat"
Resurs (Russia/USSR)
1992-11-15: Resurs-5004
Russia1992-11-16Plesetsk(Printed and round black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverResurs-500 launch
Russia1992-11-16Plesetsk(Printed) cachet (with type-1 overprint) on coverResurs-500 launch
Russia1992-11-16Plesetsk(Printed) cachet (with type-2 overprint) on coverResurs-500 launch
Resurs-500 (events)
United States1992-11-23Seattle WA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverResurs-500 capsule recovered and brought to the deck of the recovery ship Marshal Krylov
Resurs-500 (anniversaries)
United States2017-11-24Seattle WA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover25th anniv. Resurs-500 capsule's arrival in Seattle
1998-07-10: Resurs-O1-4 (and OSCAR-31 / TMSat-1 and OSCAR-32 / TechSat-1b and others)
Russia1998-07-10Baikonur(Blue printed) cachet on coverResurs-O1-4 launch
Okean (Russia/USSR)
No launch cover images available yet
Sich (Russia-Ukraine)
No launch cover images available yet
Almaz1 (Russia/USSR)
No launch cover images available yet
EROS (Israel)
No launch cover images available yet
Ofeq2 (Israel)
No launch cover images available yet
Rocsat / Formosat (Taiwan)
1998-01-26: Rocsat-1
United States1998-01-26Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color sticker) cachet on coverRocsat-1 launch
2004-05-20: Rocsat-23
United States2004-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverRocsat-2 launch
United States2004-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverRocsat-2 launch
United States2004-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverRocsat-2 launch
United States2004-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color sticker and mission patch) cachet on coverRocsat-2 launch
United States2004-05-20Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet on coverRocsat-2 launch
2006-04-14: Formosat-3
United States2006-04-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverFormosat-3 launch
2017-08-24: Formosat-5
United States2017-08-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverFormosat-5 launch
United States2017-08-24Hawthorne CA(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverFormosat-5 launch
United States2017-08-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverFormosat-5 launch
United States2017-08-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Lollini) cachet on coverFormosat-5 launch
SAC (Argentina)
1998-12-04: SAC-A (and Mightysat-1 from STS-88)
United States1998-12-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSTS-88 launch
United States1998-12-06Houston TX(NASA) cachet on coverSTS-88 docking with Space Station
United States1998-12-13Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSAC-A deployed
United States1998-12-15Kennedy Space Center FL(Black-and-white photo and typed) cachet on coverSTS-88 landing
1996-11-04: SAC-B (and HETE-1)
No launch cover images available yet
2000-11-21: SAC-C (and EO-1 and Munin)
United States2000-11-21Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSAC-C launch
2011-06-10: SAC-D / Aquarius
United States2011-06-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed) cachet on coverSAC-D launch
United States2011-06-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also backSAC-D launch
AlSat (Algeria)
2002-11-28: AlSat-1 (and RS-20 and Rubin-3-DSI)
No launch cover images available yet
Kompsat / Arirang (South Korea)
1999-12-21: Kompsat-1 / Arirang-1
No launch cover images available yet
Kompsat-1 / Arirang-1 (events)
United States2007-12-30Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on cover"contact lost"
2006-07-28: Kompsat-2 / Arirang-2
United States2006-07-28Colorado Springs CO, Peterson AFB(Printed) cachet on coverKompsat-2 launch
2012-05-17: Kompsat-3 / Arirang-3 (and GCOM-W and Japan-SDS-4 and Horyu-2)
No launch cover images available yet
2009-11-02: SMOS / Earth Explorer-2 (ESA) (and PROBA-2)
French Guiana2009-11-02Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Korolev Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Korolev Moscow Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Mirny Archangelsk Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Mirny Archangelsk Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Mirny Archangelsk Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSMOS launch
Russia2009-11-02Mirny Archangelsk Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSMOS launch
Pleiades (Pléiades) (France)
2011-12-17: Pleiades-1A (and others)
French Guiana2011-12-17Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverPleiades-1A launch
2012-12-03: Pleiades-1B
No launch cover images available yet
Pleiades (on other than Pleiades launch covers)
French Guiana2019-07-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on Falcon Eye launch cover"Derived from the French satellite Pleiades" (in French text)
Gabon2019-07-11Libreville(Lollini) cachet on Falcon Eye launch cover"Derived from the French satellite Pleiades" (in French text)
2011-10-12: Megha-Tropiques-1 (and others)
No launch cover images available yet
2013-02-25: SARAL (and CanX-3A/3B and others)
No launch cover images available yet
DubaiSat / KhalifaSat (UAE)
2009-07-29: DubaiSat-1 (and others)
No launch cover images available yet
2013-11-21: DubaiSat-2 (and CanX-3C and OSCAR-73/74 and OSCAR-76 and others)
No launch cover images available yet
2018-10-29: KhalifaSat / DubaiSat-3 (and OSCAR-101 and GOSAT-2 and others)
No launch cover images available yet

1Later Almaz reconnaissance satellites only, not earlier Almaz space stations.
2Ofeq military/reconnaissance satellites are included because of the similarity of Ofeq-3+ to EROS.
3Rocsat-2 newspaper article
4Space Flight "Europe-America 500" was a 1992 goodwill mission between Russia and the US in which a Resurs-500 capsule was launched from Plesetsk, orbited Earth for 7 days, splashed down in the Pacific off the coast of Washington state and was picked up by the Russian missile-tracking ship Marshal Krylov which brought it to Seattle, where it was placed on permanent display at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field


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