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Communications
satellites


Below are checklists of Communications satellites, including launch dates and images of the satellites. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Communications satellites are often referred to as "comsats", but the authors in general do not use this terminology.

Unlike most of our web pages, no attempt is made to be complete for the satellite series or groups accompanied by "selected" on this page.


Satellite series covered:


USA Echo-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Shotput-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1959-10-28ShotputEchoEcho
Shotput-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-01-16
Shotput-3 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-02-27
Shotput-4 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-04-01
Echo-1 [failed]1960-05-13 Echo
Echo
Echo-1
Shotput-5 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1960-05-31Shotput
Echo-1A1960-08-12Echo-1
Big Shot-1 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket [failed]1962-01-15
Big Shot-2 (sub-orbital Echo test) rocket1962-07-18
Echo-2 (Echo-C)1964-01-25Echo-2

USA Courier-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Courier-1A [failed]1960-08-18Courier-1ACourierCourier
Courier-1B1960-10-04Courier-1B

USA Telstar-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Telstar-11962-07-10 "Telstar-1" (type-A)
Telstar-1/2 type (type-B, bogus)
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
Telstar-1/2 type
TelstarTelstar
Telstar-21963-05-07
Telstar-301 / Telstar-3A / now Arabsat-1E1983-07-28 Telstar-301
Telstar-3
Telstar-3
Telstar-302 / Telstar-3C [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30
Telstar-303 / Telstar-3D1 [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17
Telstar-4011993-12-16Telstar-401
Telstar-4021994-09-09
Telstar-402R / Telstar-41995-09-23
Telstar-5 / Intelsat Americas-5 / Galaxy-251997-05-24Telstar-5/6/7 type
Telstar-6 / Intelsat Americas-6 / Galaxy-261999-02-15
Telstar-7 / Intelsat Americas-7 / Galaxy-271999-09-25
Telstar-8 / Intelsat Americas-8 / Galaxy-282005-06-23Telstar-8
Telstar-9Canceled
Telstar-10 / APStar-2R1997-10-17Telstar-10
Telstar-11 / Orion-11994-11-29Telstar-11
Telstar-12 / Orion-21999-10-19Telstar-12
Telstar-13 / Intelsat Americas-13 / Galaxy-23 / EchoStar-92003-08-08Telstar-13
Telstar-14 / Estrela do Sul-12004-01-11Telstar-14
Telstar-18 / APStar-52004-06-29Telstar-18
Telstar-11N2009-02-26Telstar-11N
Telstar-14R / Estrela do Sul-22011-05-20Telstar-14R
Telstar-18V / APStar-5C2018-09-10Telstar-18V

1There is disagreement among various sources on whether this should be called Telstar-3D or Telstar-3B! See Boeing's Telstar-3 - AT&T's Advanced New Communications Satellite.

USA Relay-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Relay-11962-12-13Relay-1RelayRelay
Relay-21964-01-21

USA SYNchronous COMmunications satellite (Syncom) / LEAsed SATellite (Leasat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Syncom-11963-02-14 Syncom-1/2/3 type
Syncom-1/2/3 type
Syncom-1/2/3 type
Syncom-1/2/3 type
SyncomSyncom
Syncom-21963-07-26
Syncom-31964-08-19
Syncom-4-2 / Leasat-F1 [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30 Leasat
Leasat (patch)
Leasat (pin)
Syncom-4-1 / Leasat-F2 [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Syncom-4-3 / Leasat-F3 [STS-51D/Discovery-deployed]1985-04-12
Syncom-4-3 / Leasat-F3 [STS-51I/Discovery-repaired]1985-08-29Syncom-4-3 (deploy from STS-51I)
Syncom-4-4 / Leasat-F4 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-29
Syncom-4-5 / Leasat-F5 [STS-32R/Columbia-deployed]1990-01-09

USA WEstern union STAR (Westar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Westar-1 (Westar-A)1974-04-13 Westar-1
Westar
WestarWestar
Westar-2 (Westar-B)1974-10-10
Westar-3 (Westar-C)1979-08-10
Westar-41982-02-26Westar-4
Westar-51982-06-09
Westar-6 [STS-41B/Challenger-deployed]1984-02-03Westar-6 (being deployed)
Westar-6 [STS-51A/Discovery-recovered] / now AsiaSat-11984-11-08Westar-6 (capture by STS-51A)

USA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TDRS-1 (TDRS-A) [STS-6/Challenger-deployed, partial failure]1983-04-04 TDRS-1 (STS-6/Challenger-deployment)
TDRS-1
TDRS-1 (patch, with STS-6/Challenger)
TDRSTDRS
TDRS-2 (TDRS-B) [STS-51L/Challenger, failed]1986-01-28TDRS-2 (patch)
TDRS-3 (TDRS-C) [STS-26R/Discovery-deployed]1988-09-29
TDRS-4 (TDRS-D) [STS-29R/Discovery-deployed]1989-03-13
TDRS-5 (TDRS-E) [STS-43/Atlantis-deployed]1991-08-02 TDRS-5 (deploy from STS-43)
TDRS-5 (deploy from STS-43)
TDRS-6 (TDRS-F) [STS-54/Endeavour-deployed]1993-01-13
TDRS-7 (TDRS-G) [STS-70/Discovery-deployed]1995-07-13TDRS-7
TDRS-8 (TDRS-H)2000-06-30TDRS-8
TDRS-9 (TDRS-I)2002-03-08
TDRS-10 (TDRS-J)2002-12-05
TDRS-11 (TDRS-K)2013-01-30TDRS-11
TDRS-12 (TDRS-L)2014-01-24
TDRS-13 (TDRS-M)2017-08-18

INternational TELecommunications SATellite consortium (Intelsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Intelsat-1 / Early Bird1965-04-06 Intelsat-1
Intelsat-1
Intelsat-1+2+3+4+4A
Early Bird (Intelsat-1)Early Bird (Intelsat-1) (and Bird-named Intelsat-2s, and Intelsat-2-4)
Intelsat-2-1 / Blue Bird / Atlantic-1 [partial failure]1966-10-26 Intelsat-2
Intelsat-2
Blue Bird (Intelsat-2-1)
Intelsat-2-2 / Lani Bird / Pacific-11967-01-11Lani Bird (Intelsat-2-2)
Intelsat-2-3 / Canary Bird / Atlantic-21967-03-23Canary Bird (Intelsat-2-3)
Intelsat-2-4 / Pacific-21967-09-28Intelsat-2-4
Intelsat-3 series (1 — 8)1968-09-19 — 1970-07-23Intelsat-3Intelsat-3 seriesIntelsat-3+4+4A+6 series
Intelsat-4 series (1 — 8)1971-01-25 — 1975-05-22 Intelsat-4
Intelsat-4-4
Intelsat-4-8
Intelsat-4 series
Intelsat-4A series (1 — 6)1975-09-26 — 1978-03-31 Intelsat-4A
Intelsat-4A
Intelsat-4A series
Intelsat-5 series (1 — 9)1980-12-06 — 1984-06-09Intelsat-5Intelsat-5 seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Intelsat-5A series (10 — 15)1985-03-23 — 1989-01-27Intelsat-5AIntelsat-5A series
Intelsat-6-11991-10-29Intelsat-6Intelsat-6 seriesIntelsat-3+4+4A+6 series
Intelsat-6-21989-10-27
Intelsat-6-3 [rocket-launched]1990-03-14
Intelsat-6-3 [STS-49/Endeavour-repaired and re-deployed]1992-05-07
Intelsat-6-41990-06-23
Intelsat-6-51991-08-14
Intelsat-K / now NSS-K1992-06-10Intelsat-KIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Intelsat-7 series (1 — 5, and 9)1993-10-22 — 1996-06-15 Intelsat-7
Intelsat-7
Intelsat-7 (patch)
Intelsat-7 series
Intelsat-7A series (6 — 8)1995-05-17 — 1996-02-14Intelsat-7AIntelsat-7A series
Intelsat-24 / formerly AMOS-11996-05-16AMOS-1AMOSAMOS
Intelsat-8 series (1 — 4)1997-03-01 — 1997-12-22Intelsat-8Intelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Intelsat Americas series (5 — 9, 13)1997-05-24 — 2008-09-24
Intelsat-8A series (5 — 6)1998-06-18 — 1998-02-27Intelsat-8A
Intelsat-APR-2 / Insat-2E1999-04-03Insat-2EInsat [complete]Insat [complete]
Intelsat-9 series (1 — 7)2001-06-09 — 2003-02-15 Intelsat-9
Intelsat-906 (launch)
Intelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Intelsat-10-01Canceled
Intelsat-10-022004-06-16Intelsat-10-2
Intelsat-11 / formerly Panamsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11
Intelsat-12 / formerly Panamsat-12 / formerly EuropeStar-12000-10-29EuropeStar-1
Intelsat-152009-11-30Intelsat-15
Intelsat-16 / formerly Panamsat-11R2010-02-12Intelsat-16
Intelsat-172010-11-26Intelsat-17
Intelsat-28 / New Dawn2011-04-22New Dawn
Intelsat-202012-08-02Intelsat-20
Intelsat-212012-08-19Intelsat-21
Intelsat-232012-10-14Intelsat-23
Intelsat-25 / ProtoStar-1 / formerly ZX-82008-07-07ProtoStar-1
Intelsat-302014-10-16Intelsat-30
Intelsat-312016-06-09
Intelsat-34 / Hispasat-55W-22015-08-20Intelsat-34
Intelsat-29e2016-01-27Intelsat-29e
Intelsat-33e2016-08-24Intelsat-33e
Intelsat-362016-08-24Intelsat-36
Intelsat-32e / SkyBrasil-12017-02-14Intelsat-32e
Intelsat-35e2017-07-05Intelsat-35e
Intelsat-37e2017-09-29Intelsat-37e
Intelsat-38 / Azerspace-22018-09-25Azerspace-2
Intelsat-392019-08-06Intelsat-39
Intelsat-40e / TEMPO2023-?Intelsat-40e / TEMPO

Canada-USA American Mobile Satellite Corporation (AMSC) / Mobile SATellite (M-Sat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AMSC-1 / M-Sat-21995-04-07AMSC-1AMSC / M-SatAMSC / M-Sat
AMSC-2 / M-Sat-11996-04-20

Canadian Anik / Telesat-series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Anik-A1 / Telesat-1 (Telesat-A)1972-11-10 Anik-A
Anik-A
Anik / TelesatAnik / Telesat
Anik-A2 / Telesat-2 (Telesat-B)1973-04-19
Anik-A3 / Telesat-3 (Telesat-C)1975-05-07
Anik-B1 / Telesat-4 (Telesat-D)1978-12-15 Anik-B1
Anik-B1
Anik-C1 / Telesat-9 (Telesat-I) / Nahuel-I1 / Brazil-1T [STS-51D/Discovery-deployed]1985-04-12Anik-C/D type
Anik-C2 / Telesat-7 (Telesat-G) / Nahuel-I2 [STS-7/Challenger-deployed]1983-06-18
Anik-C3 / Telesat-6 (Telesat-E) [STS-5/Columbia-deployed]1982-11-11
Anik-D1 / Telesat-5 (Telesat-F)1982-08-26
Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 (Telesat-H) / next Satcom-4R / now Arabsat-1DR [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Anik-E11991-09-26 Anik-E1
Anik-E
Anik-E21991-04-04
Anik-E2R / formerly Galaxy-3R1995-12-15
Anik-F12000-11-21Anik-F1
Anik-F1R2005-09-08 Anik-F1R
Anik-F1R
Anik-F22004-07-18Anik-F2
Anik-F32007-04-09Anik-F3
Anik-G12013-04-15Anik-G1

Canadian Nimiq-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Nimiq-4i / formerly DirecTV-21994-08-03NimiqNimiq
Nimiq-2i/3 / formerly DirecTV-31995-06-10
Nimiq-11999-05-20 Nimiq-1/2 type
Nimiq-1/2 type
Nimiq-22002-12-29
Nimiq-42008-09-19Nimiq-4
Nimiq-52009-09-17Nimiq-5
Nimiq-62012-05-17Nimiq-6

Indian (ISRO) National SATellite (Insat) series: [complete]

In addition to their communications function, a subset of the Insat series carried remote-sensing equipment that allowed them to act as weather satellites. (The subset of Insat [with meteorological instrumentation] are hightlighted in yellow and are found on the geostationary weather satellites page.)

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Insat-1A1982-04-10 Insat
Insat-1
Insat-1A
Insat [complete]Insat [complete]
Insat-1B [STS-8/Challenger-deployed]1983-08-30
Insat-1C1988-07-21
Insat-1D1990-06-12
Insat-2A / SARSAT1992-07-09 Insat-2
Insat-2
Insat-2A
Insat-2B / SARSAT1993-07-22
Insat-2C / SARSAT1995-12-06Insat-2C
Insat-2D / SARSAT1997-06-04
Insat-2DT / Arabsat-1C1992-02-26
Insat-2E / Intelsat-APR-21999-04-03Insat-2E
Insat-3A / SARSAT2003-04-09Insat-3A
Insat-3B2000-03-21Insat-3B
Insat-3C2002-01-23Insat-3C
Insat-3D [meteorological only] / SARSAT2013-07-25Insat-3D
Insat-3E2003-09-27Insat-3E
Insat-4A2005-12-21Insat-4A
Insat-4B2007-03-11Insat-4B
Insat-4C [failed]2006-07-10Insat-4C
Insat-4CR2007-09-02
Insat-4D (GSat-5)20xxInsat-4D
Insat-4E (GSat-6)2015-08-27Insat-4E
Insat-4F (GSat-7)2013-08-29Insat-4F
Insat-4G (GSat-8)2011-05-20 Insat-4G
GSat-8
Insat-3DR [meteorological only]2016-09-08Insat-3DR

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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NATO-1 (also known as IDCSP-1-1/20 or DSCS-1)1966-06-16 — 1968-06-13IDCSPIDCSP
NATO-2A1970-03-20NATO-2NATONATO
NATO-2B1971-02-03
NATO-3A1976-04-22NATO-3A
NATO-3B1977-01-28
NATO-3C1978-11-19
NATO-3D1984-11-14
NATO-4A1991-01-08NATO-4A
NATO-4B (USA-98)1993-12-08

French-German Symphonie-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Symphonie-1 (Symphonie-A)1974-12-19 Symphonie-1
Symphonie-1
Symphonie (patch)
Symphonie (patch)
SymphonieSymphonie
Symphonie-2 (Symphonie-B)1975-08-27

Satellite Italiano Ricerca Industriale Orientata (SIRIO) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SIRIO-1 (SIRIO-A)1977-08-25 SIRIO-1
SIRIO
SIRIOSIRIO
SIRIO-2 (SIRIO-B) [failed]1982-09-10SIRIO-2

Sistema Italiana de Communicazione Riservente ALlarmi (SICRAL) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SICRAL-12001-02-07SICRAL-1SICRALSICRAL
SICRAL-1B2009-04-20
SICRAL-2 / Syracuse-3C2015-04-26SICRAL-2

West German TeleVision SATellite (TV-Sat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TV-Sat-11987-11-21TV-Sat-1TV-SatTV-Sat
TV-Sat-21989-08-08

French TéléDiffusion de France (TDF) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TDF-11988-10-28TDF-1TDFTDF
TDF-21990-07-24

European Space Agency (ESA) Orbital Test Satellite (OTS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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OTS-1 (OTS-A) [failed]1977-09-13 OTS-1
OTS
OTSOTS
OTS-2 (OTS-B)1978-05-11

Luxembourg Astra-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Astra-1A1988-12-11 Astra-1A
Astra-1A
AstraAstra
Astra-1B (like Intelsat-K)1991-03-02Astra-1B
Astra-1C1993-05-12Astra-1C/1D type
Astra-1D1994-11-01
Astra-1E1995-10-19Astra-1E
Astra-1F1996-04-08
Astra-1G1997-12-02Astra-2A
Astra-1H1999-06-18Astra-1H/2C type
Astra-1K [partial failure]2002-11-25Astra-1K
Astra-1KR2006-04-20Astra-1KR
Astra-1L2007-05-04Astra-1L
Astra-1M2008-11-05Astra-1M
Astra-1N2011-08-06Astra-1N
Astra-2A1998-08-30Astra-2A
Astra-2B2000-09-14Astra-2B
Astra-2C2001-06-16Astra-2C/1H type
Astra-2D2000-12-20Astra-2D
Astra-2E2013-09-29Astra-2E
Astra-2F2012-09-28
Astra-2G2014-12-27
Astra-3A2002-03-29Astra-3A (similar to Astra-2D)
Astra-3B2010-05-21Astra-3B
Astra-4A / formerly AMC-122005-03-02AMC-12
Astra-4B / formerly SES-52012-07-09SES-5
Astra-5A / formerly Sirius-21997-11-12Sirius-2
Astra-5B2014-03-22Astra-5B

General Electric (GE) / AMeriCom (AMC) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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GE-1 / AMC-11996-09-08 GE-1
GE-1/2/3
GE / AMCGE / AMC
GE-2 / AMC-21997-01-30
GE-3 / AMC-3 / Eagle-11997-09-04
GE-4 / AMC-41999-11-13GE-4
GE-5 / AMC-51998-10-28GE-5
GE-6 / AMC-62000-10-21
GE-7 / AMC-72000-09-14
GE-8 / AMC-82000-12-20 GE-8
GE-8
GE-10 / now AMC-102004-02-05
GE-11 / now AMC-112004-05-19
GE-12 / now AMC-92003-06-06AMC-9
AMC-162004-12-17
AMC-12 / now Astra-4A2005-03-02AMC-12
AMC-14 [partial failure]2008-03-14AMC-14
AMC-152004-10-14AMC-15
AMC-162004-12-17
GE-18 / now AMC-182006-12-08
AMC-212008-08-14AMC-21
AMC-232005-12-29AMC-23

Luxembourg Société Européenne des Satellites (SES) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SES-1 (ex AMC-4R)2010-04-24SES-1SESSES
SES-2 (ex AMC-5R)2011-09-21SES-2
SES-3 (ex AMC ground spare)2011-07-15
SES-42012-02-14SES-4
SES-5 / now Astra-4B2012-07-09SES-5
SES-62013-06-03SES-6
SES-7 / formerly Indostar-2 / formerly ProtoStar-22009-05-16SES-7
SES-82013-12-03SES-8
SES-92016-03-04SES-9
SES-102017-03-30SES-10
SES-11 / EchoStar-1052017-10-11EchoStar-105/SES-11
SES-122018-06-04SES-12
SES-14 / GOLD2018-01-25SES-14/GOLD
SES-152017-05-18SES-15
SES-16 / GovSat-12018-01-31SES-16
SES-172021-10-24SES-17
SES-182022-?SES-18
SES-192022-?
SES-202022-10-04SES-20
SES-212022-10-04
SES-222022-06-29SES-22
SES-23202x

Norway Thor-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thor-1 / formerly MarcoPolo-21990-08-18MarcoPolo-1ThorThor
Thor-21997-05-21Thor-2
Thor-31998-06-09
Thor-5 (Thor-2r)2008-02-11Thor-2r
Thor-62009-10-29Thor-6
Thor-72015-04-26Thor-7

European HotBird-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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HotBird-1 / formerly Eutelsat-2-F6X1995-03-28HotBird-1HotBirdHotBird
HotBird-21996-11-21HotBird-2
HotBird-31997-09-02
HotBird-41998-02-27
HotBird-51998-10-09
HotBird-6 (HotBird-13A)2002-08-21HotBird-6
HotBird-7 [failed]2002-12-11HotBird-7
HotBird-7A (HotBird-13E)2006-03-11HotBird-7A
HotBird-8 (HotBird-13B)2006-08-04HotBird-8
HotBird-9 (HotBird-13C)2008-12-20
HotBird-10 (HotBird-13D)2009-02-12
HotBird-13F2022-10-15HotBird-13F
HotBird-13G2022-11-03

MARitime communications SATellite (Marisat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Marisat-1 (Marisat-A)1976-02-19 Marisat-1
Marisat-1
MarisatMarisat
Marisat-2 (Marisat-B)1976-06-09
Marisat-3 (Marisat-C)1976-10-14

MARitime European Communications Satellite (Marecs) / MARitime Orbital Test Satellite (MARots) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Marecs-1 (Marecs-A)1981-12-20MarecsMarecsMarecs
Marecs-B [failed]1982-09-10
Marecs-2 (Marecs-B2)1984-11-10

INternational MARitime SATellite (Inmarsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Inmarsat-2-F11990-10-30 Inmarsat-2
Inmarsat-2
InmarsatInmarsat
Inmarsat-2-F21991-03-08
Inmarsat-2-F31991-12-16
Inmarsat-2-F41992-04-15
Inmarsat-3-F11996-04-03Inmarsat-3
Inmarsat-3-F21996-09-06
Inmarsat-3-F31996-12-18
Inmarsat-3-F41997-06-03
Inmarsat-3-F51998-02-04
Inmarsat-4-F12005-03-11Inmarsat-4
Inmarsat-4-F22005-11-08
Inmarsat-4-F32008-08-19
Inmarsat-4A-F4 / Alphasat2013-07-25Alphasat
Inmarsat-5-F12013-12-08Inmarsat-5
Inmarsat-5-F22015-02-01
Inmarsat-5-F32015-08-28
Inmarsat-5-F42017-05-15
Inmarsat-S-EAN / HellasSat-32017-06-28 HellasSat-3
HellasSat-3

COMmunications STAR (Comstar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Comstar-1A (Comstar-D1)1976-05-13Comstar-1ComstarComstar
Comstar-1B (Comstar-D2)1976-07-22
Comstar-1C (Comstar-D3)1978-06-29
Comstar-1D (Comstar-D4)1981-02-21

ECHO STAR (EchoStar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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EchoStar-11995-12-28EchoStar-1EchoStarEchoStar
EchoStar-21996-09-11
EchoStar-31997-10-05EchoStar-3
EchoStar-41998-05-07
EchoStar-5 / now Ciel-11999-09-23
EchoStar-6 / now Bermudasat-12000-07-14EchoStar-6
EchoStar-72002-02-21
EchoStar-82002-08-22EchoStar-8
EchoStar-9 / Telstar-13 / Galaxy-232003-08-08
EchoStar-102006-02-10EchoStar-10
EchoStar-112008-11-16EchoStar-11
EchoStar-12 / formerly Rainbow-12003-07-17EchoStar-12
EchoStar-13Canceled
EchoStar-142010-03-20EchoStar-14
EchoStar-T1 / formerly TerreStar-12009-07-01TerreStar-1
EchoStar-152010-07-10EchoStar-11 (same as EchoStar-15)
EchoStar-162012-11-20EchoStar-16
EchoStar-172012-07-05EchoStar-17
EchoStar-182016-06-18EchoStar-18
EchoStar-192016-12-18EchoStar-19
EchoStar-T2 / formerly TerreStar-2 / now EchoStar-212017-06-08TerreStar-1
EchoStar-105 / SES-112017-10-11EchoStar-105/SES-11
EchoStar-232017-03-16EchoStar-23
EchoStar-242023-?EchoStar-24

SPACE NETwork (Spacenet) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Spacenet-1 / now ChinaSat-51984-05-23 Spacenet-1
Spacenet-1
SpacenetSpacenet
Spacenet-2 / now ChinaSat-5R1984-11-10
Spacenet-3 [failed]1985-09-12
Spacenet-3R1988-03-11
Spacenet-4 / formerly ASC-21991-04-13ASC-2

SPACE WAY (Spaceway) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Spaceway-12005-04-26Spaceway
Spaceway-22005-11-16Spaceway-2 (with Telkom-2)
Spaceway-32007-04-18Spaceway-3 (with BSat-3a)

Brazilian Brasilsat series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Brasilsat-A11985-02-08Brasilsat-A1BrasilsatBrasilsat
Brasilsat-A21986-03-28
Brasilsat-B11994-08-10 Brasilsat-B
Brasilsat-B
Brasilsat-B
Brasilsat-B21995-03-28
Brasilsat-B31998-01-22
Brasilsat-B42000-08-17

Brazilian Satelites de Coleta de Dados (SCD) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SCD-11993-02-09SCD-1SCDSCD
SCD-2A [failed]1997-11-02SCD-2
SCD-21998-10-23
SCD-3canceledSCD-3

Brazilian StarOne (Star One) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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StarOne-C12007-11-14StarOne-C1StarOneStarOne
StarOne-C22008-04-18
StarOne-C32012-11-10StarOne-C3
StarOne-C42015-07-15StarOne-C4
StarOne-D12016-12-21StarOne-D1
StarOne-D22021-07-30StarOne-D2

Indonesian Palapa-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Palapa-A11976-07-08Palapa-A1PalapaPalapa
Palapa-A21977-03-10
Palapa-B1 [STS-7/Challenger-deployed]1983-06-18Palapa-B1
Palapa-B2 [STS-41B/Challenger-deployed]1984-02-03
Palapa-B2 [STS-51A/Discovery-recovered]1984-11-08Palapa-B2 (capture by STS-51A)
Palapa-B2P1987-03-20
Palapa-B2R1990-04-13
Palapa-B41992-05-14
Palapa-C1 / HGS-3 / Anatolia-1 / PakSat-11996-02-01Palapa-C
Palapa-C21996-05-16
Palapa-D2009-08-31Palapa-D

Indonesian TELeKOMmunications (Telkom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Telkom-11999-08-12Telkom-1TelkomTelkom
Telkom-22005-11-16 Telkom-2
Telkom-2
Telkom-32012-08-06Telkom-3
Telkom-3S2017-02-14Telkom-3S
Telkom-4 / Merah Putih2018-08-07Telkom-4

UK (armed forces) Skynet (SKY NETwork) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Skynet-1A1969-11-22Skynet-1ASkynetSkynet
Skynet-1B1970-08-19
Skynet-2A [partial failure]1974-01-19Skynet-2A
Skynet-2B1974-11-23
Skynet-3Canceled
Skynet-4A1990-01-01Skynet-4A
Skynet-4B1988-12-11
Skynet-4C1990-08-30
Skynet-4D1998-01-10
Skynet-4E1999-02-26
Skynet-4F2001-02-07
Skynet-5A2007-03-11 Skynet-5
Skynet-5A
Skynet-5B2007-11-14
Skynet-5C2008-06-12
Skynet-5D2012-12-19
Skynet-6A2025-?Skynet-6A

UK MarcoPolo / British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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MarcoPolo-1 / BSB-R1 / now Sirius-11989-08-27MarcoPolo-1SiriusSirius
MarcoPolo-2 / BSB-R2 / now Thor-11990-08-18ThorThor

German Deutscher Fernmelde Satellit (DFS) / Kopernikus-series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DFS-1 / Kopernikus-11989-06-05DFSDFS / KopernicusDFS / Kopernicus
DFS-2 / Kopernikus-21990-07-24
DFS-3 / Kopernikus-3 / now HellasSat-11992-10-12

Swedish Sirius-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Sirius-1 / formerly MarcoPolo-1 / BSB-R11989-08-27MarcoPolo-1SiriusSirius
Sirius-2 / now Astra-5A1997-11-12
Sirius-31998-10-05Sirius-3
Sirius-42007-11-17Sirius-4

Japanese Ayame / Experimental Communications Satellite (ECS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Ayame-1 (ECS-A) [partial failure]1979-02-06Ayame-1Ayame / ECSAyame / ECS
Ayame-2 (ECS-B)1980-02-22

Japanese Yuri / Broadcasting Satellite (BS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Yuri-1 / BSE1978-04-07Yuri / BSYuri / BS
Yuri-2a / BS-2a1984-01-23BS-2a
Yuri-2b / BS-2b1986-02-12
Yuri-2x / BS-2x [failed]1990-02-22 BS-2x or BS-3h
BS-2x or BS-3h
Yuri-3a / BS-3a1990-08-28BS-3a
Yuri-3h / BS-3h [failed]1991-04-18 BS-2x or BS-3h
BS-2x or BS-3h
Yuri-3b / BS-3b1991-08-25
Yuri-3n / BS-3n1994-07-08

Japanese Broadcasting SATellite (BSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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BSat-1a1997-04-16BSat-1aBSatBSat
BSat-1b1998-04-28
BSat-2a2001-03-08BSat-2a
BSat-2b [partial failure]2001-07-12
BSat-2c2003-06-11
BSat-3a2007-08-14BSat-3a
BSat-3b2010-10-28BSat-3b
BSat-3c / JCSat-110R2011-08-06BSat-3c
BSat-4a2017-09-29BSat-4a
BSat-4b2020-08-15

Japanese Communications Satellite (CS) / Sakura series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Sakura-1 / CS-11977-12-15CS-1Sakura / CSSakura / CS
Sakura-2a / CS-2a1983-02-04CS-2a
Sakura-2b / CS-2b1983-08-05
Sakura-3a / CS-3a1988-02-19CS-3a
Sakura-3b / CS-3b1988-09-16

Japanese Communications SATellite (JCSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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JCSat-11989-03-06JCSat-1JCSatJCSat
JCSat-21990-01-01
JCSat-31995-08-29JCSat-3/4 type
JCSat-41997-02-18
JCSat-51997-12-02JCSat-5/6 type
JCSat-61999-02-16
JCSat-7 / N-Sat-110 / Superbird-52000-10-06 N-Sat-110
N-Sat-110
JCSat-82002-03-29JCSat-8
JCSat-9 (JCSat-5a) / N-Star-d2006-04-12JCSat-9
JCSat-102006-08-11JCSat-10
JCSat-11 [failed]2007-05-09
JCSat-122009-08-21
JCSat-132012-05-15JCSat-13
JCSat-110R / BSat-3c2011-08-06BSat-3c
JCSat-142016-05-06JCSat-14
JCSat-152016-12-21JCSat-15
JCSat-162016-08-14JCSat-16
JCSat-18 / Kacific-12019-12-16JCSat-18
JCSat-172020-02-18JCSat-17

Japanese Superbird series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Superbird-A1989-06-05Superbird-ASuperbirdSuperbird
Superbird-A11992-12-01
Superbird-B [failed]1990-02-22
Superbird-B11992-02-26
Superbird-C1997-07-28Superbird-C
Superbird-4 (Superbird-B2)2000-02-18Superbird-4
Superbird-5 (Superbird-D) / N-Sat-110 / JCSat-72000-10-06 N-Sat-110
N-Sat-110
Superbird-6 (Superbird-A2)2004-04-16Superbird-6
Superbird-7 (Superbird-C2)2008-08-14Superbird-7

Japanese N-Star series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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N-Star-a1995-08-29N-Star-aN-StarN-Star
N-Star-b1996-02-05
N-Star-c2002-07-05N-Star-c
N-Star-d / JCSat-9 (JCSat-5a)2006-04-12JCSat-9

EUropean TELcommunications SATellite (Eutelsat) / European Communications Satellite (ECS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Eutelsat-1-F1 / ECS-11983-06-16Eutelsat-1Eutelsat / ECSEutelsat / ECS
Eutelsat-1-F2 / ECS-21984-08-04
Eutelsat-1-F3 / ECS-3 [failed]1985-09-12
Eutelsat-1-F4 / ECS-41987-09-16
Eutelsat-1-F5 / ECS-51988-07-21
Eutelsat-2-F11990-08-30 Eutelsat-2
Eutelsat-2
Eutelsat-2-F21991-01-16
Eutelsat-2-F31991-12-07
Eutelsat-2-F41992-07-10
Eutelsat-2-F51994-01-24
Eutelsat-W21998-10-05Eutelsat-W2
Eutelsat-16C / SESAT2000-04-17SESAT
Eutelsat-W12000-09-06Eutelsat-W1R
Eutelsat-12-West-A / Atlantic Bird-12002-08-28
Eutelsat-12-West-B / Atlantic Bird-22001-09-25
Eutelsat-5-West-A / formerly Stellat-5 / formerly Atlantic Bird-32002-07-05Stellat-5
Eutelsat-5-West-B2019-10-09Eutelsat-5-West-B
Eutelsat-7-West-A / Nilesat-104 / formerly Atlantic Bird-72011-09-24
eBird-1 / Eurobird-3 / Eutelsat-33A/31A2003-09-27eBird-1
Eutelsat-W3A / Eutelsat-7A2004-03-15Eutelsat-W3A
Eutelsat-W2M2008-12-20Eutelsat-W2M
Eutelsat-W3B [partial failure]2010-10-28Eutelsat-W3B
Eutelsat-25B / Es'hail-12013-08-29Eutelsat-25B
Eutelsat-115-West-A / SatMex-5 (Morelos-3)1998-12-06SatMex-5
Eutelsat-113-West-A / SatMex-6 (Morelos-4)2006-05-27SatMex-6
Eutelsat-115-West-B / formerly SatMex-72015-03-02 SatMex-7
Eutelsat-115W-B (+ ABS-3A)
Eutelsat-117-West-A / formerly SatMex-82013-03-26SatMex-8
Eutelsat-117-West-B / formerly SatMex-92016-06-15SatMex-9
Eutelsat-8-West-B2015-08-20Eutelsat-8-West-B
Eutelsat-9B / EDRS-A2016-01-29Eutelsat-9B
Eutelsat-65-West-A2016-03-09Eutelsat-65-West-A
Eutelsat-172B2017-06-01Eutelsat-172B
Eutelsat-7C2019-06-20Eutelsat-7C
Eutelsat-Quantum2021-07-30Eutelsat-Quantum

French TELECOMmunications (Telecom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Telecom-1A1984-08-04Telecom-1ATelecomTelecom
Telecom-1B1985-05-08
Telecom-1C1988-03-11
Telecom-2A1991-12-16 Telecom-2A
Telecom-2
Telecom-2B1992-04-15
Telecom-2C1995-12-06
Telecom-2D1996-08-08

French Syracuse-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Syracuse-3A2005-10-13Syracuse-3SyracuseSyracuse
Syracuse-3B2006-08-11
Syracuse-3C / SICRAL-22015-04-26SICRAL-2
Syracuse-4A / Comsat-NG-12021-10-23Syracuse-4A
Syracuse-4B / Comsat-NG-22023-?Syracuse-4B

AUStralian communications SATellite (Aussat) / Optus series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Aussat-A1 / Optus-A1 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-27Aussat-AAussat / OptusAussat / Optus
Aussat-A2 / Optus-A2 [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27
Aussat-A3 / Optus-A31987-09-16
Aussat-B1 / Optus-B11992-08-13Optus-B
Aussat-B2 / Optus-B21992-12-21
Aussat-B3 / Optus-B31994-08-27
Optus-C12003-06-11
Optus-D12006-10-13Optus-D1
Optus-D22007-10-05Optus-D2
Optus-D32009-08-21
Optus-102014-09-11Optus-10

Mexican Morelos-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Morelos-1 (Morelos-A) [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17Morelos-1MorelosMorelos
Morelos-2 (Morelos-B) [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27

Mexican Solidaridad-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Solidaridad-11993-11-20 Solidaridad-1
Solidaridad-1/2 type
SolidaridadSolidaridad
Solidaridad-21994-10-08

SATellite MEXico (SatMex) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SatMex-5 (Morelos-3) / Eutelsat-115-West-A1998-12-06SatMex-5SatMexSatMex
SatMex-6 (Morelos-4) / Eutelsat-113-West-A2006-05-27SatMex-6
SatMex-7 / now Eutelsat-115-West-B2015-03-02SatMex-7Eutelsat / ECSEutelsat / ECS
SatMex-8 / now Eutelsat-117-West-A2013-03-26SatMex-8
SatMex-9 / now Eutelsat-117-West-B2016-06-15SatMex-9

MEXican SATellite (MexSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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MexSat-1 [failed]2015-05-15MexSat-1MexSatMexSat
MexSat-22015-10-02
MexSat-3 / Morelos-32012-12-19MexSat-3

Spanish HISPAnic SATellite (Hispasat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Hispasat-1A1992-09-10Hispasat-1AHispasatHispasat
Hispasat-1B1993-07-22
Hispasat-1C2000-03-02 Hispasat-1C
Hispasat-1C/1D type
Hispasat-1C/1D type
Hispasat-1C/1D type
Hispasat-1C/1D type
Hispasat-1C/1D type
Hispasat-1D
Hispasat-1D
Hispasat-1D2002-09-18
Hispasat-1E2012-10-29Hispasat-1E
Hispasat-55W-2 / Intelsat-342015-08-20Intelsat-34
Hispasat-AG1 / Hispasat 36W-12017-01-28Hispasat-AG1
Hispasat-1F / now Hispasat 30W-62018-03-06Hispasat-1F

Spanish Amazonas-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Amazonas-1 / Hispasat-55W-12004-08-05Amazonas-1AmazonasAmazonas
Amazonas-22009-10-01Amazonas-2
Amazonas-32013-02-07Amazonas-3
Amazonas-4A2014-03-22Amazonas-4A
Amazonas-4BCanceled
Amazonas-52017-09-11Amazonas-5

ITALian SATellite (Italsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Italsat-11991-01-15Italsat-1ItalsatItalsat
Italsat-21996-08-08

Malaysia East Asia SATellite (Measat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Measat-1 / now Africasat-11996-01-13Measat-1MeasatMeasat
Measat-2 / now Africasat-21996-11-13
Measat-32006-12-11Measat-3
Measat-3a2009-06-21Measat-3a
Measat-3b / Jabiru-22014-09-11 Measat-3b
Measat-3b
Measat-3b
Measat-3d2022-06-22Measat-3d
Measat-4Canceled
Measat-5 / iPStar-1 / Thaicom-42005-08-11Thaicom-4

Saudi Arabia / ARABian SATellite (Arabsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Arabsat-1E / formerly Telstar-301 / Telstar-3A1983-07-28 Telstar-301
Telstar-3
Telstar-3
TelstarTelstar
Arabsat-1DR / formerly Satcom-4R / formerly Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08Anik / TelesatAnik / Telesat
Arabsat-1A1985-02-08Arabsat-1ArabsatArabsat
Arabsat-1B [STS-51G/Discovery-deployed]1985-06-17
Arabsat-1C / Insat-2DT1992-02-26
Arabsat-2A1996-07-09Arabsat-2
Arabsat-2B1996-11-13
Arabsat-2C / Badr-C / Panamsat-5 / now Intelsat-5 (new series?)1997-08-28Panamsat-5
Arabsat-3A / Badr-31999-02-26Arabsat-3A
Arabsat-4A / Badr-1 [partial failure]2006-02-28Arabsat-4A
Arabsat-4B / Badr-42006-11-08
Arabsat-4AR / Badr-62008-07-07
Arabsat-5A2010-06-26Arabsat-5A
Arabsat-5B / Badr-52010-06-03Arabsat-5B
Arabsat-5C2011-09-21Arabsat-5C
Arabsat-6A2019-04-11Arabsat-6A
Arabsat-6B / Badr-72015-11-10Arabsat-6B

TURKish SATellite (Turksat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Turksat-1A [failed]1994-01-24Turksat-1ATurksatTurksat
Turksat-1B1994-08-11
Turksat-1C1996-07-09
Turksat-2A / Eurasiasat-12001-01-10Turksat-2A
Turksat-3A2008-06-12
Turksat-3uSat2013-04-26Turksat-3uSat
Turksat-4A2014-02-14Turksat-4A
Turksat-4B2015-10-16Turksat-4B
Turksat-5A2021-01-08Turksat-5A
Turksat-5B2021-12-19Turksat-5B
Turksat-6A2023-?Turksat-6A

PAN-AMerican SATellite (Panamsat / PAS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Panamsat-11988-06-15Panamsat-1Panamsat / PASPanamsat / PAS
Panamsat-2 / Intelsat-2 (new series?)1994-07-08Panamsat-2/3/3R/4 type
Panamsat-3 [failed]1994-12-01
Panamsat-4 / Intelsat-4 (new series?)1995-08-03
Panamsat-3R / Intelsat-3R (new series?)1996-01-12
Panamsat-61997-08-07Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-5 / Arabsat-2C / now Intelsat-5 (new series?)1997-08-28Panamsat-5
Panamsat-22 / AsiaSat-3 / HGS-11997-12-24
Panamsat-7 / Intelsat-7 (new series?)1998-09-16 Panamsat-6/7/8 type
Panamsat-7
Panamsat-8
Panamsat-8 / Intelsat-8 (new series?)1998-11-04
Panamsat-6B / Intelsat-6B (new series?)1998-12-22Panamsat-6B
Panamsat-9 / Intelsat-9 (new series?)2000-07-28Panamsat-9 (same design as Galaxy-13 / Galaxy-13)
Panamsat-1R / Intelsat-1R (new series?)2000-11-16Panamsat-1R
Panamsat-10 / Intelsat-10 (new series?)2001-05-15
Panamsat-11 / now Intelsat-112007-10-05Panamsat-11Intelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
Panamsat-12 / now Intelsat-12 / formerly EuropeStar-12000-10-29EuropeStar-1
Panamsat-11R / now Intelsat-162010-02-12Intelsat-16

American Satellite Company (ASC) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ASC-1 [STS-51I/Discovery-deployed]1985-08-27 ASC-1 (in Shuttle cargo bay)
ASC-1 (patch, with Shuttle)
ASCASC
ASC-2 / now Spacenet-41991-04-13ASC-2

Gte STAR (GStar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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GStar-11985-05-08GStar-1GStarGStar
GStar-21986-03-28
GStar-31988-09-08
GStar-41990-11-20

Satellite Business Systems (SBS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SBS-1 (SBS-A)1980-11-15SBS-1SBSSBS
SBS-2 (SBS-B)1981-09-24
SBS-3 (SBS-C) [STS-5/Columbia-deployed]1982-11-11SBS-3 (being deployed)
SBS-4 (SBS-D) [STS-41D/Discovery-deployed]1984-08-30
SBS-51988-09-08
SBS-61990-10-12 SBS-6
SBS-6

National Reconaissance Office (NRO) Satellite Data System (SDS) / Quasar series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SDS-1 / Quasar-11976-06-02SDS / QuasarSDS / Quasar
SDS-2 / Quasar-21976-08-06
SDS-3 / Quasar-31978-08-05
SDS-4 / Quasar-41980-12-13
SDS-5 / Quasar-5 / USA-41984-08-28
SDS-6 / Quasar-6 / USA-91985-02-08
SDS-7 / Quasar-7 / USA-211987-02-12
SDS-2-1 / Quasar-8 / USA-40 [STS-28R/Columbia-deployed]1989-08-08SDS-2
SDS-2-2 / Quasar-9 / USA-67 [STS-38/Atlantis-deployed]1990-11-16
SDS-2-3 / Quasar-10 / USA-87 [STS-53/Discovery-deployed]1992-12-02
SDS-2-4 / Quasar-11 / USA-1251996-07-03
SDS-3-1 / Quasar-12 / NROL-5 / USA-1371998-01-29
SDS-3-2 / Quasar-13 / NROL-10 / USA-1552000-12-06
SDS-3-3 / Quasar-14 / NROL-12 / USA-1622001-10-11
SDS-3-4 / Quasar-15 / NROL-1 / USA-1792004-08-31
SDS-3-5 / Quasar-16 / NROL-24 / USA-1982007-12-10
SDS-3-6 / Quasar-17 / NROL-27 / USA-2272011-03-11
SDS-3-7 / Quasar-18 / NROL-38 / USA-2362012-06-20
SDS-3-8 / Quasar-19 / NROL-33 / USA-2522014-05-23
SDS-4-1 / Quasar-20 / NROL-61 / USA-2692016-07-28
SDS-4-2 / Quasar-21 / NROL-52 / USA-2792017-10-15

Radio Corporation of America (RCA) SATellite COMmunications (Satcom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Satcom-1 (Satcom-A)1975-12-12 Satcom-1
Satcom-1
SatcomSatcom
Satcom-2 (Satcom-B)1976-03-26
Satcom-3 (Satcom-C) [partial failure]1979-12-07
Satcom-3R (Satcom-D)1981-11-20
Satcom-41982-01-16
Satcom-5 / Aurora-11982-10-28
Satcom-1R (Satcom-F)1983-04-11
Satcom-2R (Satcom-H)1983-09-08
Satcom-4R / formerly Anik-D2 / Telesat-8 / now Arabsat-1DR [STS-51A/Discovery-deployed]1984-11-08
Satcom-Ku2 [STS-61B/Atlantis-deployed]1985-11-27
Satcom-Ku1 [STS-61C/Columbia-deployed]1986-01-12Satcom-Ku1 (patch)
Satcom-C11990-11-20
Satcom-C2Canceled
Satcom-C5 / Aurora-21991-05-29Satcom-C5
Satcom-C41992-08-31
Satcom-C31992-09-10

Atlantic Bird series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Atlantic Bird-1 / Eutelsat-12-West-A2002-08-28Atlantic Bird-1Atlantic Bird-1 (Eutelsat-12-West-A, with MSG-1)
Atlantic Bird-2 / Eutelsat-12-West-B2001-09-25Atlantic Bird-2Atlantic Bird-2 (Eutelsat-12-West-B)
Atlantic Bird-3 / Stellat-5 / now Eutelsat-5-West-A2002-07-05Stellat-5Stellat-5 (with N-Star-c)
Atlantic Bird-7 / now Eutelsat-7-West-A / Nilesat-1042011-09-24Atlantic Bird-7

(US Navy) FLeeT SATellite COMmunications (FltSatCom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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FltSatCom-11978-02-09FltSatCom-1FltSatComFltSatCom
FltSatCom-21979-05-04
FltSatCom-31980-01-18
FltSatCom-41980-10-31
FltSatCom-5 [partial failure]1981-08-06
FltSatCom-6 [failed]1987-03-26
FltSatCom-7 / USA-201986-12-05FltSatCom-7
FltSatCom-8 / USA-461989-09-25

Orion-series* satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Orion-1 / Telstar-111994-11-29Telstar-11TelstarTelstar
Orion-2 / Telstar-121999-10-19Telstar-12
Orion-3 [failed]1999-05-05Orion-3 Orion-3
Orion-3

* The Orion-series communications satellites from the 1990s should not be confused with the Orion-series military satellites from the 1980s, which go by the same name.

Brazilian Estrela do Sul-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Estrela do Sul-1 / Telstar-142004-01-11Telstar-14TelstarTelstar
Estrela do Sul-2 / Telstar-14R2011-05-20Telstar-14R

USA Galaxy-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Galaxy-11983-06-28Galaxy-1GalaxyGalaxy
Galaxy-1R [failed]1992-08-22
Galaxy-1R21994-02-19
Galaxy-21983-09-22
Galaxy-31984-09-21
Galaxy-41993-06-25 Galaxy-4
Galaxy-4
Galaxy-51992-03-13
Galaxy-61990-10-12
Galaxy-71992-10-28
Galaxy-3R (Galaxy-8 / now Anik-E2R)1995-12-15Galaxy-3R
Galaxy-111999-12-21Galaxy-11
Galaxy-10R2000-01-25Galaxy-4R/10R type (same design as Galaxy-13 / Galaxy-13)
Galaxy-4R2000-04-19
Galaxy-162006-06-18Galaxy-16
Galaxy-182008-05-21
Galaxy-25 / Telstar-5 / Intelsat Americas-51997-05-24Telstar-5/6/7 typeTelstarTelstar
Galaxy-26 / Telstar-6 / Intelsat Americas-61999-02-15
Galaxy-27 / Telstar-7 / Intelsat Americas-71999-09-25
Galaxy-28 / Telstar-8 / Intelsat Americas-82005-06-23Telstar-8
Galaxy-23 / Telstar-13 / Intelsat Americas-13 / EchoStar-92003-08-08Telstar-13
Galaxy-3C2002-06-15Galaxy-3CGalaxyGalaxy
Galaxy-122003-04-09Galaxy-12
Galaxy-13 / Horizons-12003-10-01 Galaxy-13
Galaxy-13
Galaxy-152005-10-13Galaxy-15
Galaxy-172007-05-05Galaxy-17
Galaxy-19 / Intelsat Americas-92008-09-24Galaxy-19
Galaxy-302020-08-15Galaxy-30
Galaxy-332022-10-08Galaxy-33
Galaxy-342022-10-08Galaxy-34
Galaxy-312022-11-12Galaxy-31
Galaxy-322022-11-12Galaxy-32
Galaxy-352022-?
Galaxy-362022-?

(Selected) USA Global Star (Globalstar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Globalstar-1+2+3+41998-02-14 Globalstar-1
Globalstar-1 (launch configuration)
GlobalstarGlobalstar
Globalstar-5+7+9+10+11+12+13+16+17+18+20+21 [failed]1998-09-09
Globalstar-6+8+14+151998-04-24
Globalstar-2 (72-120)2010-10-19 → Globalstar-2
Globalstar-2 (launch configuration)
Globalstar-2-FM152022-06-19

USA DIRECt TV (DirecTV) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DirecTV-11993-12-18DirecTV-1DirecTVDirecTV
DirecTV-2 / now Nimiq-4i1994-08-03
DirecTV-3 / now Nimiq-2i/31995-06-10
DirecTV-1R1999-10-10DirecTV-1R
DirecTV-4S2001-11-27DirecTV-4S
DirecTV-7S2004-05-04DirecTV-7S
DirecTV-82005-05-22DirecTV-8
DirecTV-9S2006-10-13DirecTV-7S
DirecTV-102007-07-07DirecTV-10
DirecTV-112008-03-19
DirecTV-122009-12-29
DirecTV-142014-12-06DirecTV-14
DirecTV-152015-05-27DirecTV-15
AT&T-T-16 / DirecTV-162019-06-20AT&T-T-16

China/PRC Dongfanghong / Dong Fang Hong (DFH) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DFH-11970-04-24DFH-1DFHDFH
DFH-2 series (1 — 2)1984-01-29 — 1984-04-08DFH-2
DFH-2A series (1 — 5)1986-02-01 — 1991-12-28DFH-2A
DFH-3 series (1 — 2)1994-11-29 — 1997-05-11DFH-3

Netherlands New Skies (NSS) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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NSS-K / formerly Intelsat-K1992-06-10Intelsat-KNSSNSS
NSS-72002-04-16NSS-7
NSS-62002-12-17NSS-6
NSS-92009-02-12NSS-9
NSS-122009-10-29NSS-12

China/PRC ASIA SATellite (AsiaSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AsiaSat-1 / formerly Westar-61990-04-07AsiaSatAsiaSat
AsiaSat-2 / now AMOS-5i1995-11-28AsiaSat-2
AsiaSat-3 / HGS-1 / Panamsat-221997-12-24 AsiaSat-3
AsiaSat-3/3S
AsiaSat-3S1999-03-21
AsiaSat-42003-04-11AsiaSat-4 (same design as Galaxy-13 / Galaxy-13)
AsiaSat-52009-08-11AsiaSat-5
AsiaSat-7 / Thaicom-6A2011-11-25
AsiaSat-6 / Thaicom-72014-09-07AsiaSat-6
AsiaSat-8 / now AMOS-72014-08-05AsiaSat-8
AsiaSat-92017-09-28AsiaSat-9

China/PRC Asia-Pacific STAR (APStar) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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APStar-11994-07-21APStar-1APStarAPStar
APStar-21995-01-26APStar-2
APStar-1A1996-07-03
APStar-2R / Telstar-101997-10-16APStar-2RTelstarTelstar
APStar-5 / Telstar-182004-06-29
APStar-62005-04-12APStar-6APStarAPStar
APStar-72012-03-31APStar-7
APStar-92015-10-16APStar-9
APStar-6C2018-05-03 APStar-6C
APStar-6C
APStar-6D2020-07-09APStar-6D
APStar-5C / Telstar-18V2018-09-10Telstar-18VTelstarTelstar

(Selected) CHINA/PRC SATellite (ChinaSat) / ZhongXing (ZX) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ChinaSat-5 / formerly Spacenet-11984-05-23 Spacenet-1
Spacenet-1
SpacenetSpacenet
ChinaSat-5R / formerly Spacenet-21984-11-10
ChinaSat-20 / ZX-20 / (PRC) ST-12003-11-14(PRC) ST-1ChinaSatChinaSat
ChinaSat-22A / ZX-22A / FH-182006-09-12
ChinaSat-6A / ZX-6A2010-09-04ZX-6A
ChinaSat-6B / ZX-6B2007-07-05ZX-6B
ChinaSat-7 / ZX-71996-08-18ZX-7
ChinaSat-8 / ZX-8 / now ProtoStar-1 / Intelsat-252008-07-07ProtoStar-1
ChinaSat-9 / ZX-92008-06-09ZX-9
ChinaSat-10 / ZX-102011-06-20 (possible) ZX-10
ZX-10/11 type
ChinaSat-11 / ZX-112013-05-01
ChinaSat-12 / ZX-12 / now ZX-15A2012-11-27ZX-12
ChinaSat-15 / ZX-15 / Belintersat-1 / BelarusSat-12016-01-15

China/PRC Asia Broadcasting Satellite (ABS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ABS-1A / formerly Koreasat-21996-01-14ABSABS
ABS-2 / ST-3 / Koreasat-82014-02-06Koreasat-8
ABS-2A2016-06-15ABS-2A
ABS-3 / formerly Koreasat-31999-09-04Koreasat-3
ABS-3A2015-03-02 ABS-3A
ABS-3A (+ Eutelsat-115W-B)

Indian (ISRO) Geostationary SATellite (GSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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GSat-1 (GramSat)2001-04-18GSat-1GSatGSat
GSat-22003-08-05GSat-2
GSat-3 (EduSat)2004-09-20GSat-3
GSat-4 (HealthSat) [failed]2010-04-15GSat-4
GSat-5 (Insat-4D)20xxInsat-4DInsat [complete]Insat [complete]
GSat-6 (Insat-4E)2015-08-27Insat-4E
GSat-6A2018-03-29
GSat-7 (Insat-4F)2013-08-29Insat-4F
GSat-8 (Insat-4G)2011-05-20 GSat-8
Insat-4G
GSat-92017-05-05GSat-9GSatGSat
GSat-102012-09-28GSat-10
GSat-112018-12-04GSat-11
GSat-122011-07-15GSat-12
GSat-12R2020-12-17
GSat-142014-01-05GSat-14
GSat-152015-11-10GSat-15
GSat-162014-12-06GSat-16
GSat-172017-06-28GSat-17
GSat-182016-10-05GSat-18
GSat-192017-06-05GSat-19
GSat-202022-?GSat-20
GSat-242022-06-22GSat-24
GSat-292018-11-14GSat-29
GSat-302020-01-16GSat-30
GSat-312019-02-05GSat-31

THAIland COMmunications (Thaicom) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thaicom-11993-12-18Thaicom-1ThaicomThaicom
Thaicom-21994-10-08
Thaicom-31997-04-17 Thaicom-5
Thaicom-5
Thaicom-52006-05-27
Thaicom-4 / iPStar-1 / Measat-52005-08-11Thaicom-4
Thaicom-6 / Africom-12014-01-06Thaicom-6
Thaicom-6A / AsiaSat-72011-11-25
Thaicom-7 / AsiaSat-62014-09-07AsiaSat-6
Thaicom-82016-05-27Thaicom-8

[Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT)] SATellite (Vinasat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Vinasat-12008-04-18Vinasat-1VinasatVinasat
Vinasat-22012-05-15Vinasat-2

Israeli Affordable Modular Optimized Satellite (AMOS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AMOS-1 / now Intelsat-241996-05-16AMOS-1AMOSAMOS
AMOS-22003-12-27AMOS-2
AMOS-32008-04-28AMOS-3
AMOS-42013-08-31AMOS-4
AMOS-52011-12-11AMOS-5
AMOS-5i / formerly AsiaSat-21995-11-28AsiaSat-2
AMOS-6 [explosion]2016-09-01 AMOS-6
AMOS-6
AMOS-7 / formerly AsiaSat-82014-08-05AsiSat-8
AMOS-82022-?AMOS-8
AMOS-172019-08-06AMOS-17

KAZakhstan SATellite (KazSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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KazSat-12006-06-17KazSat-1KazSatKazSat
KazSat-22011-07-15KazSat-2
KazSat-32014-04-28 KazSat-3
KazSat-3

US Air Force (USAF) Initial Defense Communications Satellite Program (IDCSP) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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IDCSP-1 — 7 / DSCS-1-1 — 71966-06-16 IDCSP
IDCSP
IDCSPIDCSP
IDCSP-8 — 14 / DSCS-1-8 — 14 [failed]1966-08-26
IDCSP-8 — 15 / DSCS-1-8 — 15 [redo]1967-01-18
IDCSP-16 — 19 / DSCS-1-16 — 191967-07-01
IDCSP-20 — 27 / DSCS-1-20 — 271968-06-13

US Air Force (USAF) Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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DSCS-1 or IDCSP-1-1/20 (also known as NATO-1)1966-06-16 — 1968-06-13DSCSDSCS
DSCS-2-1/21971-11-03 DSCS-2
DSCS-2
DSCS-2-3/41973-12-13
DSCS-2-5/61975-05-20
DSCS-2-7/81977-05-12
DSCS-2-9/10 [failed]1978-03-25
DSCS-2-11/121978-12-13
DSCS-2-13/141979-11-21
DSCS-3-B4/B5 / USA-11/12 [STS-51J/Atlantis-deployed]1985-10-03 DSCS-3
DSCS-3 (patch)
DSCS-3 (patch)
DSCS-2-15 / USA-431989-09-04
DSCS-3-A2 / USA-441989-09-04
DSCS-3-B14 / USA-781992-02-11

US Air Force (USAF) Advanced Extreme High Frequency (AEHF) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AEHF-1 / USA-2142010-08-14 AEHF-1
AEHF
AEHFAEHF
AEHF-2 / USA-2352012-05-04
AEHF-3 / USA-2462013-09-18
AEHF-4 / USA-2882018-10-17
AEHF-5 / USA-2922019-08-08
AEHF-6 / USA-2982020-03-26

US Air Force (USAF) Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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WGS-1 / USA-1952007-10-11WGS-1
WGS-2 / USA-2042009-04-04
WGS-3 / USA-2112009-12-06
WGS-4 / USA-2332012-01-20WGS-4
WGS-5 / USA-2432013-05-25
WGS-6 / USA-2442014-08-08
WGS-7 / USA-2632015-07-24
WGS-8 / USA-2722016-12-07
WGS-9 / USA-2752017-03-19
WGS-10 / USA-2912019-03-16WGS-10
WGS-112023-?WGS-11

USA TActical Communications SATellite (TacSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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TacSat-22006-12-16TacSat-2
TacSat-32009-05-19TacSat-3 TacSat-3
TacSat-3 (back)
TacSat-42011-09-27TacSat-4

Russian/USSR Molniya-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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pre-Molniya-1 / Kosmos-41 [partial failure]1964-08-22MolniyaMolniya
Molniya-1 series (1-1 — 1-31)1965-04-23 — 1975-09-02 Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1
Molniya-1S-11974-07-29Molniya-1S
Molniya-1T series (1-32 — 1-93)1976-01-22 — 2004-02-18
Molniya-2 series (2-1 — 2-17)1971-11-24 — 1977-02-11Molniya-2
Molniya-3 series (3-1 — 3-50)1974-11-21 — 1999-07-08 Molniya-3
Molniya-3
Molniya-3K series (3K-1 — 3K-3)2001-07-20 — 2008-?Molniya-3K

(Selected) Russian/USSR Strela-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Strela-1 #1 / Kosmos-381964-08-18Kosmos-38 (Strela-1)
Strela-1 #2 / Kosmos-39
Strela-1 #3 / Kosmos-40
Strela-1 #4 / Kosmos-421964-08-22
Strela-1 #5 / Kosmos-43
Strela-1 #6 / Kosmos-(49) [failed]1964-10-23
Strela-1 #7 / Kosmos-(50) [failed]
Strela-1 #8 / Kosmos-(51) [failed]
Strela-1 #9 / Kosmos-541965-02-21
Strela-1 #10 / Kosmos-55
Strela-1 #11 / Kosmos-56
Strela-1 #12 / Kosmos-611965-03-15
Strela-1 #13 / Kosmos-62
Strela-1 #14 / Kosmos-63
Strela-1 #15 / Kosmos-711965-07-16
Strela-1 #16 / Kosmos-72
Strela-1 #17 / Kosmos-73
Strela-1 #18 / Kosmos-74
Strela-1 #19 / Kosmos-75
Strela-1 #20 / Kosmos-801965-09-03
Strela-1 #21 / Kosmos-81
Strela-1 #22 / Kosmos-82
Strela-1 #23 / Kosmos-83
Strela-1 #24 / Kosmos-84
Strela-1 #25 / Kosmos-861965-09-18
Strela-1 #26 / Kosmos-87
Strela-1 #27 / Kosmos-88
Strela-1 #28 / Kosmos-89
Strela-1 #29 / Kosmos-90
Strela-1M (series)1970-04-25 — 1992-06-03Strela-1M"Strela-M1" (Strela-1M)
Strela-3 #137 / Kosmos-24372008-05-23"Strela-3"
Strela-3 #138 / Kosmos-2438
Strela-3 #139 / Kosmos-2439
Strela-3 #140 / Kosmos-24512009-07-06
Strela-3 #141 / Kosmos-2453
Strela-3 #142 / Kosmos-24672010-09-08
Strela-3 #143 / Kosmos-24812012-05-17
Strela-3M #4 / Rodnik-S #4 / Kosmos-24822012-05-17
Strela-3M #5 / Rodnik-S #5 / Kosmos-2483
Strela-3M #6 / Rodnik-S #6 / Kosmos-2484

(Selected) Russian/USSR Raduga-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Raduga-Gran (series)1975-12-22 — 1999-07-05Raduga-GranRadugaRaduga
Raduga-1 / Raduga-Globus (series)1989-06-21 — 2009-02-28Raduga-Globus
Raduga-1M / Raduga-Globus-M (series)2007-12-09 — 2013-11-11Raduga-M1

(Selected) Russian Ekspress-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Ekspress-11994-10-13 Ekspress
Ekspress-1
Ekspress-AT1
Ekspress-AT2
Ekspress-AT2
Ekspress-MD1
EkspressEkspress
Ekspress-21996-09-26
Ekspress-A (series)1999-10-27 — 2000-06-24Ekspress-A
Ekspress-AM (series)2004-10-30 → Ekspress-AM
Ekspress-AM6
Ekspress-AM33/AM44

(Selected) Russian Luch-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Luch-11994-12-16LuchLuchLuch
Luch-5A / GEOSAR2011-12-11Luch-5A
Luch-5B2012-11-02Luch-5B
Luch-5V / GEOSAR2014-04-28

(Selected) Russian Gonets-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Gonets (series)1996-02-19 — 2001-12-28Gonets-D1GonetsGonets
Gonets-M5/M6/M72013-09-11Gonets-M

UK-European HIghLy Adaptable Satellite (HYLAS) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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HYLAS-12010-11-26HYLAS-1HYLASHYLAS
HYLAS-22012-08-02HYLAS-2
HYLAS-3 / EDRS-C2019-08-06HYLAS-3
HYLAS-42018-04-05HYLAS-4

USA Sirius-XM (XM or SXM) satellite radio series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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XM-1 / Roll2001-08-05XM-1Sirius-XMSirius-XM
XM-2 / Rock2001-03-18
XM-3 / Rhythm2005-03-01XM-4
XM-4 / Blues2006-10-30
XM-52010-10-14XM-5
SXM-72020-12-13SXM-7
SXM-82021-06-06

ARgentina SATellite (Arsat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Arsat-12014-10-16 Arsat-1 (early-design?)
Arsat-1
ArsatArSat
Arsat-22015-09-30Arsat-2

KOREA SATellite (Koreasat) / Mugunghwa series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Koreasat-1 / Mugunghwa-1 / now EuropeStar-B [partial failure]1995-08-05 Koreasat-1
Koreasat-1 (launch)
Koreasat / MugunghwaKoreasat / Mugunghwa
Koreasat-2 / Mugunghwa-2 / now ABS-1A1996-01-14
Koreasat-3 / Mugunghwa-3 / now ABS-31999-09-04Koreasat-3
Koreasat-4 / Mugunghwa-4Unknown
Koreasat-5 / Mugunghwa-5 / ANASIS-12006-08-22Koreasat-5
Koreasat-5A / Mugunghwa-5A2017-10-30 Koreasat-5A
Koreasat-5A (patch)
Koreasat-6 / Olleh-12010-12-29Koreasat-6
Koreasat-7 / Mugunghwa-72017-05-04Koreasat-7
Koreasat-8 / Mugunghwa-8 / ABS-2 / ST-32014-02-06Koreasat-8

Greek HellasSat series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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HellasSat-1 / formerly DFS-3 / Kopernikus-31992-10-12HellasSatHellasSat
HellasSat-22003-05-13HellasSat-2
HellasSat-3 / Inmarsat-S-EAN2017-06-28 HellasSat-3
HellasSat-3
HellasSat-4 / SaudiGeoSat-12019-02-05HellasSat-4

Egyptian NILE SATellite (Nilesat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Nilesat-1011998-04-28Nilesat-101NilesatNilesat
Nilesat-1022000-08-17
Nilesat-104 / Eutelsat-7-West-A / formerly Atlantic Bird-72011-09-24
Nilesat-2012010-08-04 Nilesat-201
Nilesat-201 (under construction)
Nilesat-201 (under construction)
Nilesat-3012022-06-08 Nilesat-301

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Thuraya-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Thuraya-12000-10-21Thuraya-1ThurayaThuraya
Thuraya-22003-06-10Thuraya-2
Thuraya-32008-01-15
Thuraya-42023-?Thuraya-4
Thuraya-520xx

United Arab Emirates (UAE) al YAH SATellite communications company (YahSat) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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YahSat-1A / Al Yah-12011-04-22YahSat-1AYahSatYahSat
YahSat-1B / Al Yah-22012-04-23YahSat-1B
Al Yah-3 (with SES-14/GOLD)2018-01-25Al Yah-3

(Selected) USA ORBital COMMunications (Orbcomm) constellation satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Orbcomm-X1991-07-17Orbcomm-XOrbcommOrbcomm
Orbcomm-FM05/FM121997-12-23Orbcomm-FM
Orbcomm-FM03/FM041998-02-10
Orbcomm-FM101 [Dragon-CRS-1 launched] [partial failure]2012-10-08 (launched to ISS)
2012-10-08 (deployed before docking with ISS)
Orbcomm-FM105/FM1192015-12-21

USA Iridium (telephone constellation) satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Iridium (series: 1 — 98)1995-05-05 — 2002-02-20IridiumIridiumIridium
Iridium-NEXT (series: 101 →)2017-01-14 → Iridium-NEXT
Iridium-NEXT-110/147/152/161/162 (+ GRACE-FO-1/2)

AZERbaijan SPACE (Azerspace) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Azerspace-1 / AfricaSat-1a2013-02-07Azerspace-1AzerspaceAzerspace
Azerspace-2 / Intelsat-382018-09-25Azerspace-2

Regional African Satellite COMmunication (Rascom) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Rascom-QAF-12007-12-21Rascom-QAF-1RascomRascom
Rascom-QAF-1R2010-08-04

Germany COMmunications SATellite (Comsat-Bw) series:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Comsat-Bw-12009-10-01Comsat-Bw-1Comsat-Bw-1 (with Amazonas-2)
Comsat-Bw-22010-05-21Comsat-Bw-2 (with Astra-3B)

Qatar Es'hail series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Es'hail-1 / Eutelsat-25B2013-08-29Eutelsat-25B
Es'hail-2 / OSCAR-1002018-11-15Es'hail-2OSCAR-100

Australian SkyMuster (Sky Muster) / NBN-Co (National Broadband Network Co.) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SkyMuster-1 / NBN-Co-1A-2015-09-30SkyMuster-1/2 typeSkyMuster (Sky Muster)SkyMuster (Sky Muster)
SkyMuster-2 / NBN-Co-1B2016-10-05

Horizons-series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Horizons-1 / Galaxy-132003-10-01 Galaxy-13
Galaxy-13
Horizons-22007-12-21Horizons-2Horizons-2 (with Rascom-QAF-1)
Horizons-3e2018-09-25Horizons-3e

Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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MUOS-12012-02-24MUOS-1
MUOS-22013-07-19"MUOS-2"
MUOS-32015-01-21
MUOS-42015-09-02
MUOS-52016-06-24

Singapore-Taiwan (ST) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ST-11998-08-27ST-1ST-1
ST-22011-05-20ST-2ST-2 (with Insat-4G / GSat-8)
ST-3 / ABS-2 / Koreasat-82014-02-06Koreasat-8ABSABS

US Air Force (USAF) Ultra High Frequencey (UHF) Follow-On (UFO) series satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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UFO-1/2/3 (block-1 series) / USA-95/1041993-03-25 — 1994-06-24UFO (block-1) UFO
UFO
UFO-4/5/6/7 (block-2 series) / USA-108/111/114/1271995-01-29 — 1996-07-25UFO (block-2)
UFO-8/9/10 (block-3 series) / USA-138/141/1461998-06-13 — 1999-11-23UFO (block-3)
UFO-11 (block-4) / USA-1742003-12-18UFO (block-4)

USA (SpaceX) Starlink (internet constellation) satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Starlink block 0.92019-05-24 Starlink-v0.9StarlinkStarlink
Starlink block 1.02019-11-11 — 2021-05-26
Starlink block 1.52021-09-14 →
Starlink block 2.0202x →

EuropeStar (EUROPE STAR) satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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EuropeStar-B / formerly Koreasat-1 [partial failure]1995-08-05
EuropeStar-1 / next Panamsat-12 / now Intelsat-122000-10-29EuropeStar-1EuropeStar-1

USA-International AfriStar (AFRIca STAR) and AsiaStar (ASIA STAR) / Spectrum satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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AfriStar / now Spectrum-21998-10-28AfriStarAfriStarAfriStar
AsiaStar / now Spectrum-12000-03-21AsiaStarAsiaStarAsiaStar

UK/Channel Islands O3b (internet constellation) satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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O3b-1/122013-06-25 — 2014-12-18 O3b
O3b-1/12 type
O3bO3b
O3b-13/202018-09-03 — 2019-04-04O3b-13/20 type
O3b-21/312022-? →O3b-21/31 type

USA VIA SATellite (ViaSat) series

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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ViaSat-12011-10-19ViaSat-1
ViaSat-22017-06-01 ViaSat-2
ViaSat-2
ViaSat-2 (with Eutelsat-172B)"ViaSat"-2 (launched by "Ariana VA 237" with Eutelsat-172B)

Other (selected) USA communications satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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SCORE / Chatterbox1958-12-18SCORESCORESCORE
AdventCanceledAdvent
Tacomsat-1 / Tacsat-1 (older)1969-02-09TacomsatTacomsatTacomsat
BATSat / Teledesic-T11988-02-25BATSatBATSat (with Explorer-72)
SECS1990-04-05SECS SECS (+ PegSat)
SECS (+ PegSat)
ACTS [STS-51/Discovery-deployed]1993-09-12 ACTS
ACTS
ACTSACTS
Healthsat-2 / now WavSat-11993-09-26Healthsat-2Healthsat-2 (with SPOT-3 and OSCAR-25/28)
MUBLCOM1999-05-18MUBLCOMMUBLCOM (with Explorer-76)
ICO-F22001-06-19ICO-F1/F2 type"ICO"-F1/F2
PCSat-1 / OSCAR-442001-08-31 OSCAR-44
OSCAR-44
PCSat-1 / OSCAR-44
PCSat-2 [amateur radio, but not an OSCAR; not a satellite: carried and attached to ISS by STS-114, removed from ISS and returned to Earth by STS-115]2005-08-03 (start of operations)PCSat-2
WildBlue-12006-12-08WildBlue-1WildBlue-1 (with AMC-18)
ProtoStar-1 / Intelsat-25 / formerly ZX-82008-07-07ProtoStar-1Intelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
ProtoStar-2 / Indostar-2 / now SES-72009-05-16SES-7
TerreStar-1 / now EchoStar-T12009-07-01TerreStar-1TerreStar-1 (EchoStar-T1)
Hermes [failed]2011-03-04HermesHermes (with Glory)
New Dawn / Intelsat-282011-04-22New DawnIntelsat-5+7 and later seriesIntelsat-5+7 and later series
TerreStar-2 / EchoStar-T2 / now EchoStar-212017-06-08TerreStar-1TerreStar-2 (EchoStar-21)
BlueWalker-32022-09-11 BlueWalker-3
BlueWalker-3

Other (selected) non-USA communications satellites:

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CTS-A (CAS-C) / HermesCanada-USA1976-01-17CTSCTS / HermesCTS / Hermes
Ekran / Statsionar (series)Russia/USSR1976-10-26 — 2001-04-07EkranEkranEkran
Gorizont-1/33 (series)Russia/USSR1978-12-19 — 2000-06-06GorizontGorizontGorizont
APPLEIndia (ISRO)1981-06-19APPLEAPPLEAPPLE
Potok / Gezier (series)Russia1982-05-17 — 2000-07-04Potok"Potok"
Tele-XSweden, Norway, and Finland1989-04-02Tele-XTele-XTele-X
Olympus / L-SatEurope (ESA)1989-07-12 Olympus
Olympus
Olympus
Olympus / L-SatOlympus / L-Sat
Nahuel-1AArgentina1997-01-30 Nahuel-1A
Nahuel-1A
Nahuel-1A (with GE-2 / AMC-2)
Indostar-1 / Cakrawarta-1Indonesia1997-11-12Indostar-1Indostar-1 / Cakrawarta-1Indostar-1 / Cakrawarta-1
Sinosat (series)China/PRC1998-07-18 → Sinosat-1
Sinosat-2 [failed in orbit]
Sinosat-3
SinosatSinosat
Yamal-101, Yamal-102Russia1999-09-06Yamal-101
Garuda-1Indonesia2000-02-12 Garuda-1Garuda-1
Garuda-1
Garuda-1
Garuda-1 (fdc)
SESAT / Eutelsat-16CRussia2000-04-17SESAT"SESAT"
N-Sat-110 / JCSat-7 / Superbird-5Japan2000-10-06 N-Sat-110
N-Sat-110
N-Sat-110N-Sat-110
Eurobird-1 (Europesat-1)International2001-03-08Eurobird-1Eurobird-1 (with BSat-2a)
ARTEMIS [partial failure]Europe (ESA)2001-07-12 ARTEMIS
ARTEMIS
ARTEMISARTEMIS
APMTChina/PRCCanceledAPMTAPMT
Stellat-5 / Atlantic Bird-3 / now Eutelsat-5-West-AFrance2002-07-05Stellat-5Stellat-5 (with N-Star-c)
DRTS / KodamaJapan (NASDA)2002-09-10DRTS-1/Kodama
STENTOR [failed]France (CNES)2002-12-11STENTORSTENTORSTENTOR
AGORAFrance (CNES)CanceledAGORA
XTAR-EURSpain-USA2005-02-12XTAR-EURXTAR-EUR (with MaqSat-B2)
SpainSatSpain2006-03-11SpainSat-1SpainSatSpainSat
Meridian (series)Russia2006-12-24 →Meridian "Meridian"
"Meridian"
"Meridian" (fdc)
"Meridian" (fdc)
NigComSat-1Nigeria2007-05-13NigComSat-1"NigComSat-1" (but JCSat-14 depicted)
Ciel-2Canada2008-12-10Ciel-2
Venesat-1 / Simon BolivarVenezuela2008-10-29Venesat-1Venesat-1 / Simon Bolivar-1Venesat / Simon Bolivar
SkyTerra-1 (formerly MSV-1)Canada-USA2010-11-14SkyTerra-1
PakSat-1RPakistan2011-08-11 PakSat-1R
PakSat-1R
"PakSat-1R" (but GIOVE-A depicted)
PakSat-1R (at lower-middle and upper-right of cachet)
Yamal-300KRussia2012-11-02Yamal-300K "Yamal-300K"
"Yamal-300K"
"Yamal-300K"
Athena-FidusFrance-Italy2014-02-06Athena-FidusAthena-FidusAthena-Fidus
TürkmenÄlem-52E / MonacoSatTurkmenistan2015-04-27TürkmenÄlem-52EMonacoSatMonacoSat
SkyMexico-1Mexico2015-05-27SkyMexico-1SkyMexico-1 (with DirecTV-15)
LaoSat-1Laos2015-11-20LaoSat-1 LaoSat-1
LaoSat-1
LaoSat-1
LaoSat-1 (fdc)
Belintersat-1 / BelarusSat-1 / ZX-15 / ChinaSat-15Belarus-China/PRC2016-01-15Belintersat-1 "Belintersat-1"
"Belintersat-1" (fdc)
"Belintersat-1"
Belintersat-1
BRIsatIndonesia2016-06-18BRIsatBRIsatBRIsat
BY70-1China/PRC2016-12-28BY70-1BY70-1
SkyBrasil-1 / Intelsat-32eBrazil2017-02-14Intelsat-32eSkyBrasil-1 (with Telkom-3S)
SGDC-1Brazil2017-05-04SGDC-1SGDC-1 SGDC-1
BulgariaSat-1Bulgaria2017-06-23BulgariaSat-1 BulgariaSat
"BulgariaSat-1" (SES-11 launch cover, back)
HEAD-1China/PRC2017-11-14HEAD-1HEAD-1 (with FY-3D)
D-Star-One [failed]Germany2017-11-28D-Star-OneD-Star-One (with Meteor-M2-1)
Alcomsat-1Algeria2017-12-10 Alcomsat-1
Alcomsat-1
Alcomsat-1
Alcomsat-1Alcomsat-1
Bangabandhu-1Bangladesh2018-05-11Bangabandhu-1 Bangabandhu-1Bangabandhu-1
SaudiGeoSat-1 / HellasSat-4Greece-Saudi Arabia2019-02-05HellasSat-4HellasSatHellasSat
Nusantara-1 / PSN-6Indonesia2019-02-22Nusantara-1Nusantara-1 (with S5)
OneWeb (internet constellation)UK (Channel Islands)2019-02-27 →OneWeb "OneWeb"
"OneWeb"
"OneWeb"
ANASIS-2 / KMilSatCom-1South Korea2020-07-20ANASIS-2 ANASIS-2
ANASIS-2
"ANASIS-2" (Ranski)
"ANASIS-2" (Ranski, back)


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