Below is a checklist of General references to satellites on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items 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.
Items on this page do not contain direct references to specific satellites, otherwise such items are listed on the pages for those satellites.
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
|Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
|General references to satellites||General references to satellites|
Below is a list of General references to satellites on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).
|Country||Catalog Number||Type of Item||Year of Issue||Notes on Content|
|General references to satellites|
|Aland (Finland)||Unknown fdc (Mi? fdc)||(Green printed) cachet on FDC||2021||"Satellitmeteorologi"|
|Chile||1110a cover (Mi1610-1611 cover)||(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover||1994?||German Antarctic Receiving Station (GARS) at O'Higgins Base, Antarctica (GARS was established in 1991 as a data downlink site for ERS-1 and ERS-2. Since 2010, it has served as the main downlink and uplink station for the German TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites.)|
|China (People's Republic)||2818-2821 fdc (Mi2865-2868 fdc)||(China National Philatelic Corporation) back of FDC, also front||1997||"satellite telecommunication"|
|France||1657 fdc (Mi2168 fdc)||(PJ) cachet on FDC||1979||Two symbolic orbits for communications satellites (as part of the Telecom '79/ITU theme of the stamp)|
|France||1657 maxi (Mi2168 maxi)||(PJ) maxicard|
|Great Britain||1375a+1377a fdc (Mi1337-1340 fdc)||Insert from FDC, also front (Benham cachet, and second cancel for 30th anniv. Gagarin's flight)||1991||"Foremost among applications satellites are those for communications"; "There are also weather satellites which give us extremely accurate forecasts by relaying pictures of clouds to the weather stations. Hurricanes can be predicted some three days sooner by this means"; "Satellites have enabled scientists to study much more accurately the upper atmosphere"; "Ordnance survey and navigation have also been improved by using ... satellite[s]; "Space [satellites ... are] also in use for military objectives. Spy satellites can pinpoint and photograph enemy installations"|
|Japan||840 fdc (Mi888 fdc)||(Minoru Hisano) cachet on FDC||1965||Three symbolic orbits for communications satellites (as part of the ITU theme of the stamp)|
|Madagascar||Unknown ss (BL none)||In (upper-right) margin of SS1 [known illegal issue]||2018||Because of its location close to the equator, the Guyana Space Centre is "ideally located to place satellites into geostationary orbit"; the Centre handles mostly "communications satellites" (in French text)|
|Madagascar||Unknown ss (BL none)||In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (different) [known illegal issue]||"The first [American Earth-orbiting] satellites and space exploration satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral" (in French text)|
|Madagascar||Unknown ss (BL none)||In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (different) [known illegal issue]||The Xichang Space Centre "has launched geostationary-orbit communications satellites, Beidou navigation satellites and space exploration satellites" but the Wenchang Space Centre has progressively taken over because of its "better location for geostationary satellite launches" (in French text)|
|Madagascar||Unknown ss (BL none)||In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (different) [known illegal issue]||The busy Baikonur Cosmodrome is equipped with "satellite preparation" facilities and handles satellite "launches into geostationary orbit" (in French text)|
|Monaco||1760 fdc (Mi2009 fdc)||(La Numismatique franšaise) back of FDC, also front||1991||"geostationary satellites, in orbits 36,000 km above Earth's surface" (in French text)|
|Sweden||1893c (Mi1663-1665)||Full booklet||1991||"Tele-satellites link tele- and data communication networks between and within continents and make the distribution of radio and TV over great distances possible"|
|Thailand||1755 fdc (Mi1795 fdc)||(Pictorial) cancel on FDC||1997||Symbolic constellation of 8 communications satellites orbiting Earth|
|United States||None||(Black printed) cachet on cover (Norfolk VA cancel)||1964||"Satellite Communications Group" and "satellite communications ship"|
|United States||None||(Black printed) cachet on cover (Agana, Guam cancel)||1964||"Satellite Communications Group" and "satellite communications ship"|
|United States||1915 sc (1484 sc)||(Reader's Digest) souvenir card (with 1915 fdc), also back||1981||Solar "cells contributed to the spectacular success of the space probes that sent back closeup photos of Venus, Mercury and Mars. After being boosted into space by rockets, these craft majestically unfolded solar-cell wing panels that drank in the Sun's rays and produced current to power the ships' instruments"|
|Wallis and Futuna Islands||456 maxi (Mi661 maxi)||(La Numismatique franšaise) back of maxicard, also front||1994||"Satellites are tools for international communications and also provide precious scientific data on winds, oceans, tides, the undersea topography and volcanoes" (in French text)|
Below is a list of General references to satellites on satellite launch and event covers.
|Country||Cancel Date||Cancel Location||Type of Item||Notes on Content|
|General references to satellites|
|United States||1965-10-25?||USNS Kingsport?||(Black printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on GATV-6 launch (airmail) cover, also detail||"US Naval Research and Development Satellite Communications Group"|
|United States||1982-03-26||Kennedy Space Center FL||(Quadracolor?) cachet on STS-3 event cover||"On future missions [i.e. after STS-3], satellites will be placed into space by American shuttles"|
|United States||1982-03-30||Carmel Valley CA||(Boudwin black rubber-stamp and hand-written) cachet on STS-3 landing (airmail) cover||"COMSAT - Communications Satellite Corporation"|
|United States||1982-11-11||Air Force Postal Service||(Purple and black rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-5 launch and SBS-3 deployment (airmail) cover||"USAF Satellite Control Fac."|
|United States||1992-09-25||Kennedy Space Center FL||(NASA/GE/JPL) insert from Mars Observer launch cover, also insert back and cover front and cover back||"Mars Observer's polar orbit, like that used by many Earth-orbiting science and weather satellites, will allow scientists to make global observations and measurements at all latitudes"|
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