SJ-1

Shi Jian (SJ)
series satellites

SJ-4
SJ-1SJ-4

This page contains philatelic information on the Shi Jian (SJ) 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.

SJ-1, DFH-1 and KMS-1 have similar designs. This intercomparison image will help in differentiating among them (and also includes Telstar, which appears to be the ultimate source of their designs). Furthermore, this brief discussion presents some of their characteristics and differences.

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)
Shi Jian (SJ)
(China/PRC)
Shi Jian (SJ)
(China/PRC)
Shi Jian (SJ)
(China/PRC)


Below is a list of Shi Jian (SJ) series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Shi Jian (SJ) (China/PRC)
Albania1362 (Mi1488)1971"Chinese satellite for scientific studies" (SJ-1) and launch date ("3-3-71") and satellite mass ("221 kg")
Benin1177 (Mi1184-1191)In (upper-right) selvedge and (lower) selvedge of MS8 (1177 (a-h))1999SJ-2 (on upper-right selvedge), SJ-4 (on lower selvedge)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card1999SJ-5 (and FY-1C) launch (by launch date "1999-5-10")
China (People's Republic)3421_ms8 (Mi? ms8)In (upper-left) margin of MS8 (8x 3421 + 8 labels)2008SJ-6
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"SJ-15"


Below is a list of Shi Jian (SJ) series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Shi Jian (SJ) (China/PRC)
1971-03-03: SJ-1
United States1971-03-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Brown and red printed) cachet on coverSJ-1 launch
1994-02-08: SJ-4 (and KF-1)
China (People's Republic)1994-02-08?(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover, also backSJ-4 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-02-08?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSJ-4 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-02-08?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSJ-4 launch
China (People's Republic)1994-02-08?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSJ-4 launch
1999-05-10: SJ-5 (and FY-1C)
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSJ-5 launch
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverSJ-5 launch
China (People's Republic)1999-05-10?(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSJ-5 launch
2004-09-08: SJ-6A+6B
China (People's Republic)2004-09-08?(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover, also backSJ-6A+6B launch
2002-10-23: SJ-6C+6D
China (People's Republic)2006-10-24?(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover, also backSJ-6C+6D launch
2006-09-09: SJ-8
China (People's Republic)2006-09-09?(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover, also backSJ-8 launch
2009-11-12: SJ-11-01
China (People's Republic)2009-11-12?(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover, also backSJ-11-01 launch
2011-02-29: SJ-11-02
China (People's Republic)2011-07-29?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSJ-11-02 launch
2013-07-15: SJ-11-05
China (People's Republic)2013-07-15?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSJ-11-05 launch
2016-11-03: SJ-17
China (People's Republic)2016-11-03?(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverSJ-17 launch


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