Ulysses

Ulysses
spacecraft

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This page contains philatelic information on the Ulysses spacecraft. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes 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.

The spacecraft was originally named Odysseus, because of its lengthy and indirect trajectory to near Solar distance. At ESA's request, it was renamed Ulysses (the Latin translation of "Odysseus") in honour of Homer's mythical hero.

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)
Ulysses Ulysses Ulysses
Ulysses (on other than Ulysses launch covers)


Below is a list of Ulysses spacecraft postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Ulysses
Antigua and Barbuda2243f (Mi2927)
i2243f
One of MS6 (2243 (a-f)) (Mi2922-2927)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2243 (a-f))
1999"Ulysses"
Barbuda1790f (Mi2387)One of MS6 (1790 (a-f)) (Mi2382-2387), Antigua and Barbuda 2243f overprinted2000"Ulysses"
Central African RepublicC278 (Mi866A)
iC278 (Mi866B)

Imperforate
1982
Central African RepublicC278 fdcStamp on FDC (magenta printed cachet)
Central African RepublicC278a (BL207)On stamp of SS1 (C278) CentralAfrica.C278_fdc
ChadUnknown (Mi?)
Unknown imperf
One of MS4 (a-d), or one of MS8 (a-h + label) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d), or one of imperforate MS8 (a-h + label)
2005
ChadUnknown fdc1
Unknown ifdc1
One of four stamps and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
ChadUnknown fdc2
Unknown ifdc2
(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on imperforate-stamped FDC
ChadUnknown ms fdc1
Unknown ims fdc1
(Multi-color printed) cachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC
(Multi-color printed) cachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC
"Ulysses" and trajectory
ChadUnknown ms fdc2
Unknown ims fdc2
MS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet (with reproduction of Cyprus 779) on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet (with reproduction of Cyprus 779) on FDC
Ulysses (with booster attached) (in cachet)
ChadUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS8 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS8 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Congo (Republic)924 (Mi1279A)
i924 (Mi1279B)
One of MS3 (924b (922-924)) (Mi1277A-1279A)
One of imperforate MS3 (i924b (i922-i924)) (Mi1277B-1279B)
1991"Ulysses"
Congo (Republic)924a (BL75A)On stamp of SS1 (924)
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
2009"Ulysses" and logo
Congo RepublicUnknown ss fdcSS1 on FDC
Congo RepublicUnknown fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Cyprus779 (Mi771)From MS20 (779a (20x 779))1991"Ulysses" (with booster attached)
Cyprus779 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Cyprus779 fdoi(Cyprus Post) FDOI card, also back
Cyprus779 maxi1Maxicard, also back
Cyprus779 maxi2Maxicard (different), also back
Cyprus779-780 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
Cyprus779-780 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC (slightly different)
Cyprus779-780 fdc3One of two stamps on FDC (different)
Cyprus779-780 fdoi(Cyprus Post) FDOI card
Cyprus779-780 folderFolder, also back
Djibouti589a (BL109)In (upper-right) margin of MS2 (588-589)1984"Ulysses"
GermanyNone(Biberpost) private post201525th anniv. "Ulysses" launch
Great Britain1375 fdc (Mi1338 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back1991"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi4543A
Mi4543B

Imperforate
2006"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi4541A-4544A fdc
Mi4541B-4544B fdc
One of four stamps on FDC
One of four imperforate stamps on FDC
(As above for stamps)
Guinea RepublicBL1118A
BL1118B
On one of MS2 (Mi4543A-4544A)
On one of imperforate MS2 (Mi4543B-4544B)
"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicBL1117A-1118A fdc
BL1117B-1118B fdc
On one of two MS2 on FDC
On one of two imperforate MS2 on FDC
(As above for stamps)
Guinea RepublicBL1391In (lower-left) margin of SS12007"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicBL1391 fdcSS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5733-5738_ms6In (upper-right) margin of MS6 (Mi5733-5738)2008"Ulysses"
Guinea RepublicMi5733-5738_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea-BissauMi4546One of MS5 (Mi4545-4549)2010"Ulysses"
Guinea-BissauMi4545-4549_ms5 fdcMS5 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Guyana2874h (Mi4927)
i2874b
One of MS9 (2874 (a-i)) (Mi4920-4928)
One of imperforate MS9 (i2874 (a-i))
1994"Ulysses"
Hungary3286 (Mi4133)
i3286

Imperforate
1991"Ulysses" and trajectory
Hungary3286-3287 fdc
i3286-i3287 fdc
One of two stamps on FDC
One of two imperforate stamps on FDC
MaliUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS2 (a-b)
One of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2006"Ulysses" (with booster attached)
MaliUnknown a (Mi none)One of MS4 (a-b) [known illegal issue]2018"Ulysse[s]" (and launch date)
MaliUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
MozambiqueBL201-203 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet (with reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC20061"Ulysses" and trajectory
RomaniaNone(Pictorial) cancel2005"Ulysses"
RwandaUnknown j (Mi none)One of MS10 (a-j) [known illegal issue]2010"Ulysses"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL none)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1: stamp-on-stamp: Hungary 3286 [known illegal issue]
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2005"Ulysses" and trajectory
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown iss fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet (reproduction of Hungary 3286) on FDC (with two imperforate SS1), also detail2006"Ulysses" and trajectory
St. Vincent1563a (Mi1883)One of MS8 (1563 (a-h)) (Mi1883-1890)1991
St. Vincent1563a specimenOne of MS8 (1563 specimen (a-h))
St. Vincent1563 proofMS8 imperforate proof
St. Vincent2791c (Mi4930)
i2791c
One of MS6 (2791 (a-f)) (Mi4928-4933)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2791 (a-f))
2000(mis-spelled) "Ulysse"
St. Vincenti2791c proofOne of imperforate proof MS6 (i2791 proof (a-f))
St. Vincenti2791 proof fdcImperforate proof MS6 on FDC
San Marino1308 (Mi1575)1994"Ulysses" and trajectory
San Marino1309 (Mi1576)
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298b (Mi304)One of MS2 (298 (a-b + label)) (BL9)1991"Ulysses"
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298 fdcMS2 on FDC (blue and black printed cachet)
United StatesNone(Mission patch) cachet on cover1993"Ulysses" patch
United StatesNone(Solar Study Station) cancel2000"Ulysses" (with Space Shuttle, "10th anniv." STS-41/Discovery-deployment)
United States3410a fdc (Mi3367 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC2000"Ulysses"

1The 50th anniversary of Europa was in 2006 and the Michel catalogue and most other information sources give 2006 as the year of issue of these stamps. The exception is Lollini, with a year of issue of 2005 in his catalogue and FDCs, but that appears to be an error. The authors list this set with the year 2006.


Below is a list of Ulysses spacecraft launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1990-10-06: Ulysses (deployed by STS-41)
Netherlands1990-10-06Noordwijk(Purple pictorial) meter and (ESA) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
Spain1990-10-06Madrid(ESA) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Houston TX(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Lollini) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Downey CA(Pictorial) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Boudwin blue and purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Cape Canaveral FL(Boudwin black and purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Patrick AFB, FL(Boudwin black and blue and purple and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06
1990-10-06
Houston TX
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Green and blue and red printed) cachet on coverSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
United States1990-10-06
1990-10-10
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB. CA
(Mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-41 launch; Ulysses deployed
STS-41 landing
United States1990-10-08Houston TX(Blue rubber-stamp and red typed) cachet on cover"CHROMEX-2" [CHROMosome and Plant Cell Division EXperiment]
United States1990-10-10Edwards AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41 landing
United States1990-10-10Edwards AFB, CA(Titusville Moonport Stamp Club) cachet on coverSTS-41 landing
Ulysses (anniversaries)
United States2000-07-06Houston TX(Solar Study Station) cancel on cover"10th anniv." Ulysses deployment (from STS-41/Discovery)
United States2000-07-08Houston TX(Solar Study Station) cancel on cover"10th anniv." begin boost? Ulysses (from STS-41/Discovery)
United States2000-10-06Pasadena CA(JPL rubber-stamp) cachet on cover"10th anniv." Ulysses deployment (from STS-41/Discovery)
United States2014-10-06Corsicana TX(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover24th anniv. Ulysses deployment (from STS-41/Discovery)
Germany2015-10-06ESA - 25th anniv. Ulysses(Pictorial) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on cover25th anniv. Ulysses deployment (from STS-41/Discovery)
Ulysses (events)
United States1991-01-14Pasadena CA(Black rubber-stamp and black typed) cachet on (airmail) cover"Ulysses ... trans-Jovian trajectory"
United States1992-02-08Pasadena CA(NASA JPL blue printed and magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) cover"Jupiter encounter"
United States2007-02-07Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"Ulysses Observes Sun's South Pole"
Ulysses (on other than Ulysses launch covers)
United States1994-09-09Kennedy Space Center FLInsert from SPARTAN-201-F2 launch cover (mission patch cachet), also frontwill "measure aspects of the Sun's corona in support of the Ulysses spacecraft's south polar pass of the Sun"
United States1995-09-10Nassau Bay Branch, Houston TX(Black printed) cachet on SPARTAN-201-F3 recovery cover"Earth-Sun relationship during joint ... Ulysses operations"
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(ESA / KPS ?) cachet on Insat-2A and Eutelsat-2-F4 launch coverUlysses


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