BS-2a

Yuri / BS
and BSat
series

BS-3a
Yuri-2a / BS-2aYuri-3a / BS-3a

This page contains philatelic information on Yuri / BS (Broadcasting Satellite) and BSat (Broadcasting SATellite) series. 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.

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)
Yuri / BS
(Japan)
Yuri / BS
(Japan)
Yuri / BS
(Japan)
Yuri / BS (on other than Yuri / BS launch covers)
BSat
(Japan)
BSat
(Japan)
BSat
(Japan)
BSat (on other than BSat launch covers)


Below is a list of Yuri / BS and BSat-series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (BS) (Japan)
Central African Republic816 (Mi1238A)
i816 (Mi1238B)

Imperforate
1986BS-2a
Central African Republic816a (BL391A)
i816a (BL391B)
On stamp of SS1 (816)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i816)
Central African Republic902a (BL453A)
i902a (BL453B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (902)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i902)
1987BS-2a/2b type
Central African RepublicBL559A
BL559B
In (upper) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1994BS-3B (not "B5-3B", as in text)
Central African Republic1110b (BL_D580A)
i1110b (BL_D580B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (1110)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1110)
1996"BS-3B"
Chad692 (BL264)
i692
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1996"BS-3B"
Congo (Republic)C411 (BL109A)
iC411 (BL109B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1992"BS-3B"
Congo (Republic)1034a (BL121A)
i1034a (BL121B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (1034)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i1034)
1993"Yuri-2B"
DjiboutiC233a (BL141A)
iC233a (BL141B)
In (lower-center) margin of SS1 (C233)
In (lower-center) margin of imperforate SS1 (iC233)
1987"BS-3A"
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover1997(possible) BS-3a
Guinea Republic1018 (Mi1135A)
i1018 (Mi1135B)
1986BS-3a / Yuri-3a
Guinea Republic1018a (BL242A)
i1018a (BL242B)
On stamp of SS1 (1018)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1018)
Guinea Republic1037 (Mi1157)1987BS-2a / Yuri-2a
Guinea Republic1037b (BL264)On stamp of SS1 (1037)
Guinea Republic1039a (Mi1154-1159)On one of MS6 (1039a (1034-1039))
Japan2135 (Mi2108)One of pair (2135a (2134-2135)) (Mi3107-2108)1992BS-3A
Japan2135 mihonOne of pair (2135a mihon (2134-2135)) overprinted "mihon"
Japan2135a fdc1One of pair and (pictorial) cancel on (airmail) FDC
Japan2135a fdc2One of pair and (pictorial) cancel on FDC
Japan2135a fdc3One of pair and (pictorial) cancel and (Watanabe) cachet (design like both stamps) on FDC
JapanNonePhonecard1992"Broadcasting Satellite-3"
Malagasy (DR)799 (Mi1065A)
i799 (Mi1065B)

Imperforate
1987BS-2
Malagasy (DR)799a (BL50A)
i799a (BL50B)
On stamp of SS1 (799)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i799)
Malagasy (DR)804b (Mi1065-1070)On one of MS6 (799-804)
Madagascar1173L (BL243A)
i1173L (BL243B)
In (upper) margin of SS1, gold foil
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1, gold foil
1994"BS-3b"
Maldive Islands1578 (Mi1598)1991"Broadcasting Satellite-2 (BS-2a, 2b)"
Mali608 (BL35A)
i608 (BL35B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1994"Yuri-2B"
Mali681 (BL63A)
i681 (BL63B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1, 608 overprinted
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1, i608 overprinted
1994"Yuri-2B"
Mali852a (BL_A98A)
i852a (BL_A98B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (852)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i852)
1996"Yuri-3A"
Mali853a (BL_B98A)
i853a (BL_B98B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (853)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i853)
"BS-3B"
Mali854a (BL_C98A)
i854a (BL_C98B)
In (upper) margin of SS1 (854)
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1 (i854)
"Yuri-2B"
SpainNone(Orange and blue and black printed) cachet on cover1984"BSE" (in text only)
ZaireMi1244A-1245A ms2
Mi1244B-1245B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1244A-1245A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1244B-1245B)
1996"Yuri-2B"
ZaireMi1248A-1249A ms2
Mi1248B-1249B ms2
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi1248A-1249A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi1248B-1249B)
"Yuri-3A"
Broadcasting SATellite (BSat) (Japan)
Azerbaijan897b (Mi759)In (upper-right) margin of MS10 (10x 897), also annotated2009BSat-1a/1b type (the last of the many spin-stabilized communications satellites based on the Boeing HS-376 bus with a round antenna/"lid"; the earliest, launched in 1980, was SBS-1); see this page from Gunter Krebs' website for a list of all such satellites
ChadMi2592+2594+2596_ms3In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (Mi2592+2594+2596)2012"BSat-2"
ChadBL567A
BL567B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2012"BSat-3c"
Guinea RepublicBL884A-885A fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2005BSat-2a/2b type (at left in cachet)


Below is a list of Yuri / BS and BSat-series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (BS) (Japan)
1978-04-07: Yuri-1 / BSE
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverBSE launch (but "Radio Astronomy Explorer" (Explorer-38/49 type) depicted)
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Hamilton Standard/United Technologies) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage orange and purple) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage orange and purple) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney purple) cachet on (airmail) coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney purple and cyan) cachet on (airmail) coverBSE launch
United States1978-04-07Cape Canaveral FL(Havekotte blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverBSE launch (but Westar-1/2/3 type or similar depicted with a rocket1)
United States1978-04-07Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet (and signature) on coverBSE launch
1984-01-23: Yuri-2a / BS-2a
Japan1984-01-23Tanegashima(Space Voyage red and green and yellow) cachet on coverBS-2a launch
1990-02-22: Yuri-2x / BS-2x (and SuperBird-B) [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBS-2x launch [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(CPK printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverBS-2x launch [failed]
French Guiana1990-02-22Kourou(CPK?) cachet on coverBS-2x launch [failed]
1990-08-28: Yuri-3a / BS-3a
Japan1990-08-28Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage red and black and pink) cachet on coverBS-2a launch
1991-04-18: Yuri-3h / BS-3h [failed]
United States1991-04-18Cape Canaveral FL(Carsten Fuchs/Ken Havekotte) cachet on coverBS-3h launch [failed]
1992-08-25: Yuri-3b / BS-3b
Japan1991-08-25Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage orange and cyan and pink) cachet on coverBS-2b launch
1994-07-08: Yuri-3n / BS-3n (and Panamsat-2)
French Guiana1994-07-08Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBS-3n launch
Yuri / BS (on other than Yuri / BS launch covers)
United States1985-10-03
1986-07-04
Houston TX
Liberty Island NY/NJ
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on STS-51J launch cover, also annotated cachetBS-2a/2b type
USA 2224 FDC
United States1985-10-07
1986-07-04
Houston TX
Liberty Island NY/NJ
(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on STS-51J landing cover, also annotated cachetBS-2a/2b type
USA 2224 FDC
Broadcasting SATellite (BSat) (Japan)
1997-04-16: BSat-1a (and Thaicom-3)
French Guiana1997-04-16Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBSat-1a launch
1998-04-28: BSat-1b (and Nilesat-101)
French Guiana1998-04-28Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverBSat-1b launch (incorrectly noted as "Insat-2E" in text)
2001-03-08: BSat-2a (and Eurobird-1)
French Guiana2001-03-08Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverBSat-2a launch
French Guiana2001-03-08Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on cover, also backBSat-2a launch
2001-07-12: BSat-2b [partial failure] (and ARTEMIS)
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Ruimtevaart Filatelie Club Nederland) cachet on cover, also insertBSat-2b launch [partial failure]; (SPOT-4/5 type also depicted)
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SNECMA) cachet on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(KPS) cachet on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(KPS) cachet (different) on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
French Guiana2001-07-12Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverBSat-2b launch [partial failure]
2003-06-11: BSat-2c (and Optus-C1)
French Guiana2003-06-11Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-2c launch
French Guiana2003-06-11Kourou (text cancel)(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverBSat-2c launch
French Guiana2003-06-11Kourou (pictorial cancel)(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverBSat-2c launch
French Guiana2003-06-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-2c launch
2007-08-14: BSat-3a (and Spaceway-3)
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou (pictorial cancel)(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou (text cancel)(Conseil de l'Europe) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
French Guiana2007-08-14Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-3a launch
2010-10-28: BSat-3b (and Eutelsat-W3B) [partial failure]
French Guiana2010-10-28Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-3b launch
2011-08-06: BSat-3c / JCSat-110R (and Astra-1N)
French Guiana2011-08-06Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverBSat-3c launch
2017-09-29: BSat-4a (and Intelsat-37e)
French Guiana2017-09-29Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. ArianeGroupe LHA) cachet on coverBSat-4a launch
2020-08-15: BSat-4b (and Galaxy-30 and MEV-2)
France2020-08-15Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-4b launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-4b launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverBSat-4b launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverBSat-4b launch
French Guiana2020-08-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverBSat-4b launch
Gabon2020-08-15Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverBSat-4b launch
United States2021-04-12Dulles VA(Lollini) cachet on cover"MEV-2 successfully attached to Intelsat-10-02" (on the cancel date 12 April 2021 - "10 Feb 2021" in the cachet text is incorrect)
BSat (on other than BSat launch covers)
French Guiana1999-04-02Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on Insat-2E launch coverReproduction of BSat-1b_and_Nilesat-101_cover

1The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover; the comsat design is similar to that of the Westar-1/2/3 type or Palapa-A1/A2 type or Anik-A1/A2 type satellites, all of which are essentially identical.


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