Sputnik-4

Sputnik-4
and beyond
satellites

Zvezdochka
Sputnik-4Zvezdochka
(Sputnik-10 dog)

This page contains philatelic information on the Sputnik-4 and beyond 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.

Included here are Sputnik-4, 5, 6, 9, and 10, also known as Korabl-Sputnik-1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Other higher-numbered Sputniks had Venera, Kosmos, Mars, Luna, and RS designations. Any of those are treated on the alternate-name pages.

Dogs were carried on board the following Russian orbital flights: Sputnik-2, Sputnik-5, Sputnik-6, Sputnik-9, Sputnik-10, and Kosmos-110.

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)
Sputnik
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)


Below is a list of Sputnik-4 and beyond satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Sputnik-4 and beyond (Russia/USSR)
BulgariaC80 (Mi1197)1960Sputnik-5 (also launch date in text); dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Bulgaria4581b (Mi?)From MS4 (4581 (a-d))2011"Belka and Strelka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-5 dogs)
Bulgaria4581c (Mi?)"Chernushka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-9 dog)
Bulgaria4581d (Mi?)"Zvezdochka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-10 dog)
Bulgaria4581 black4581 in black(As above for stamps)
Bulgaria4581 blue4581 in blue
Bulgaria4581 red-brown4581 in red-brown
Bulgaria4581 fdcMS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Bulgaria4581b maxi14581b maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581b maxi24581b maxicard (different)
Bulgaria4581c maxi14581c maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581c maxi24581c maxicard (different)
Bulgaria4581d maxi14581d maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581d maxi24581d maxicard (different)
Bulgaria4581a envelope (Mi? envelope)(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope2011Belka and Strelka, Chernushka, and Zvezdochka
Burundi1078a (Mi2426)One of MS4 (1078 (a-d)) (Mi2426-2429)2012Sputnik-3; Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Central African RepublicMi5136One of MS4 (Mi5135-5138)2014Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
ChadMi3988-3991_ms4MS4 (Mi3988-3991)202060th anniv. "Belka and Strelka" in "Spoutnik-5"
ChadBL912SS1
ChadMi3992-3993_ms4MS4 (2x (Mi3992-3993) + 2 labels)
ChadMi3994-3995_ms4MS4 (2x (Mi3994-3995) + 2 labels)
ChadMi3996-3997_ms4MS4 (2x (Mi3996-3997) + 2 labels)
ChadMi3998-3999_ms4MS4 (2x (Mi3998-3999) + 2 labels)
Comoro IslandsUnknown b (Mi?)From MS5 (a-e)2005Belka and Strelka (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Comoro IslandsUnknown c (Mi?)Belka and Strelka (Sputnik-5 dogs, in inset at upper left)
Comoro IslandsUnknown e (Mi?)Models of Sputnik-5 dog Strelka (lower center) and dog space suit (lower left)
Comoro IslandsUnknown_a-c fdcTwo of three stamps and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC(As above for stamps); also Sputnik-5 dogs Belka and Strelka (in the cachet)
Comoro IslandsUnknown_d-e fdcOne of two stamps on FDC(As above for stamps)
Comoro IslandsUnknown_ms5 fdcMS5 on FDC(As above for the ms5)
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL none)In (lower-left) margin of SS1 [known illegal issue]2017Sputnik-5 dogs Belka and Strelka
Congo RepublicUnknown ss fdcSS1 on FDC (multi-color printed and purple rubber-stamp cachet)
GabonUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS3 (a-c)2019"Spoutnik-5" (Sputnik-5) and dogs "Belka" and "Strelka" (but Sputnik-3 is depicted in stamp 'b')
GabonUnknown_ms fdcMS3 on FDC
GabonUnknown_a-c+stamp fdcOne of four stamps and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper and right) margins of MS3 (a-c)2020"Belka and Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs); "Ptchelka and Mouchka" (Sputnik-6 dogs); "Tchernoushka" (Sputnik-9 dog); "Zviozdotchka" (Sputnik-10 dog); also Belka and Strelka (Sputnik-5 dogs) (in cachet)
GabonUnknown_ms fdcMS3 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Germany (East)NonePostcard back, also front1961"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Germany (East)None d(Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Sowjetische Freundschaft) cinderella, one of cinderella MS20 (a-t + 5 labels)1975Sputnik-5 and dogs Belka and Strelka
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Sputnik-8" (Venera-1)
Guinea RepublicMi14427-14430_ms4MS4 (Mi14427-14430)2020"60th anniv. of flight of Belka and Strelka" in "Spoutnik-5"
Guinea RepublicBL3239SS1"60th anniv. of flight of Belka and Strelka" in "Spoutnik-5"; (design in left margin reproduces the cachet in Russia stamped envelope 1960)
Guinea-BissauBL556On stamp of SS12006"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Guinea-BissauBL556 fdcSS1 on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (BL none)SS1 [known illegal issue]2017"Ptchelka" and "Mouchka" (Sputnik-6 dogs)
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi none)On right stamp of MS2 (a-b) [known illegal issue]"Ptchelka" and "Mouchka" (Sputnik-6 dogs)
KomiUnlisted c (Mi unlisted)One of MS6 (a-f)1996Strelka (Sputnik-5 dog)
Korea (North)1248 (BL9)Imperforate SS11974Belka and Strelka (Sputnik-5 dogs) launch
MadagascarUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"Sputnik-5", and dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
MadagascarUnknown b (Mi none)One of MS3 (a-c) [known illegal issue]2016"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS1 [known illegal issue]2015Sputnik-2 (in right margin); Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
MoldovaUnknown (Mi?)2018"Sputnik-9", also "Chernushka"
MoldovaUnknown (Mi?)"Sputnik-10", also "Zvyozdochka"
RomaniaC88 (Mi1899)1960Sputnik-4 (also launch date in text on stamp and in cachet)
RomaniaC88 fdcStamp and (Romania Post) cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)2350 (Mi2357)1960Sputnik-4 (also launch date in text)
Russia (USSR)2350 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)2383 (Mi2390)1960Sputnik-5 (also launch date in text); dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Russia (USSR)2384 (Mi2391)
Russia (USSR)2383-2384 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs); (see also Guinea BL3239)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda card (multi-color printed)~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda card (black printed)~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda card (multi-color, un-canceled)1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)2491 (Mi2497)1961Sputnik-10 (also launch date in text); dog "Zvezdochka"
Russia (USSR)2492 (Mi2498)Sputnik-9 (also launch date in text); dog "Chernushka"
Russia (USSR)None(Red and blue and grey printed) cachet on cover1961"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda card (multi-color, canceled)1963"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope~1965"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs); (see also Guinea BL3239)
Russia (USSR)3223 fdc (Mi3238 fdc)(Blue and red and black printed) cachet on FDC (stamp depicts Kosmos-110 dogs)1966"Strelka and Belka" (Sputnik-5 dogs, depicted and in Cyrillic text)
RussiaNoneMedallion199030th anniv. Sputnik-5; dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
RussiaNoneMedallion200040th anniv. Sputnik-5; dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
RussiaNoneMedallion200645th anniv. Sputnik-9; dog "Chernushka"
Russia7247 (Mi1687)From MS16 (7247a (16x 7247))201050th anniv. Sputnik-5 launch (with Belka and Strelka) (in Cyrillic)
Russia7247 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel on FDC
Russia7247 folderFDC folder
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1867 (BL649)In (upper-center) margin of SS12008Belka and Strelka (Sputnik-5 dogs)
TogoMi6462One of MS4 (Mi6461-6464)2014Sputnik-2; Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
TogoMi6461-6464_ms4 fdcMS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet (same design as Mi6462) on FDC
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC, also annotated cachet1962Sputnik-10 (also launch date in text) and dog "Zvezdochka" (in small reproduction of Russia 2491)
United States
United Nations
1193 cover
112 cover
(Orbit Covers) cachet on cover, also annotated cachet1963Sputnik-10 (also launch date in text) and dog "Zvezdochka" (in small reproduction of Russia 2491)


Below is a list of Sputnik-4 and beyond satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Sputnik-4 and beyond (Russia/USSR)
1960-05-15: Sputnik-4
No launch cover images available yet
Sputnik-4 (events)
Russia (USSR)1960-07-18Minsk(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1000 orbits
Sputnik-4 (anniversary)
Russia (USSR)1962-05-15Kharkiv, Ukraine(Black printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover2nd anniv. Sputnik-4 launch
1960-08-19: Sputnik-5 (with dogs Strelka and Belka)
Russia (USSR)1960-08-19Vilnius(Blue printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-5 launch
Russia (USSR)1960-08-19Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (known fake1) coverSputnik-5 launch
Sputnik-5 (anniversaries)
Austria1968-08-19Vienna(Green and blue printed) cachet on cover, also back8th anniv. Sputnik-5 launch
4th anniv. Syncom-3 launch
1960-12-01: Sputnik-6 (with dogs Pchelka and Mushka)
Russia (USSR)1960-12-01Minsk(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-6 launch
Sputnik-6 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1961-12-01Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-6 launch
Russia (USSR)1961-12-01Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-6 launch
1961-02-04: Sputnik-7 / Venera-(1a) [partial failure]
Russia (USSR)1961-02-04Vilnius(Brown printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-7 launch [partial failure]
Sputnik-7 / Venera-(1a) (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1962-02-04Shiauliai(Red-brown printed) cachet on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-7 launch
1961-04-02: Sputnik-8 / Venera-1
No launch cover images available yet
1961-03-09: Sputnik-9 (with dog Chernushka)
Russia (USSR)1961-03-09Minsk(Black and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-9 launch
Sputnik-9 (anniversary)
Russia (USSR)1962-03-09Siauliai(Siauliai Cultural and Philatelic Society) cachet on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-9 launch
1961-03-25: Sputnik-10 (with dog Zvezdochka)
Russia (USSR)1961-03-25Minsk(Black printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-10 launch
Russia (USSR)1961-03-25Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-10 launch
Sputnik-10 (anniversary)
Russia (USSR)1962-03-25Baku(Russia 2491) stamp and (Baku City Philatelic Society) cachet (with blue reproduction of Russia 2491) on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-10 launch

1Known fake cover, with a made-up Baikonur postmark, suspected to have been created by Boris Khoroshev from Moscow, and sold by a stamp dealer in Western Europe. There were no Baikonur Cosmodrome official postmarks until 1975 for the Apollo-Soyuz events. Reference the article written by Russian collector Oleg Vaisberg published as an Appendix called "Russian (Soviet) Space Covers" to Bruce Cranford's book Space Covers: Dictionary and Identifier. See also, an analysis of the situation in a book published in 2008 called Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 1957 to 1980. Another indicator on these fakes is the use of a "first day" cachet that appears on most, but not all, of these fakes.


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