general references to satellites

General references
to satellites


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.

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)
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Below is a list of General references to satellites on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
General references to satellites
Aland (Finland)Unknown fdc (Mi? fdc)(Green printed) cachet on FDC2021"Satellitmeteorologi"
Chile1110a cover (Mi1610-1611 cover)(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover1994?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 front1997"satellite telecommunication"
France1657 fdc (Mi2168 fdc)(PJ) cachet on FDC1979Two symbolic orbits for communications satellites (as part of the Telecom '79/ITU theme of the stamp)
France1657 maxi (Mi2168 maxi)(PJ) maxicard
Great Britain1375a+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"
Japan840 fdc (Mi888 fdc)(Minoru Hisano) cachet on FDC1965Three symbolic orbits for communications satellites (as part of the ITU theme of the stamp)
MadagascarUnknown ss (BL none)In (upper-right) margin of SS1 [known illegal issue]2018Because 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)
MadagascarUnknown 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)
MadagascarUnknown 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)
MadagascarUnknown 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)
Monaco1760 fdc (Mi2009 fdc)(La Numismatique franšaise) back of FDC, also front1991"geostationary satellites, in orbits 36,000 km above Earth's surface" (in French text)
Sweden1893c (Mi1663-1665)Full booklet1991"Tele-satellites link tele- and data communication networks between and within continents and make the distribution of radio and TV over great distances possible"
Thailand1755 fdc (Mi1795 fdc)(Pictorial) cancel on FDC1997Symbolic constellation of 8 communications satellites orbiting Earth
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on cover (Norfolk VA cancel)1964"Satellite Communications Group" and "satellite communications ship"
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on cover (Agana, Guam cancel)1964"Satellite Communications Group" and "satellite communications ship"
United States1915 sc (1484 sc)(Reader's Digest) souvenir card (with 1915 fdc), also back1981Solar "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 Islands456 maxi (Mi661 maxi)(La Numismatique franšaise) back of maxicard, also front1994"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.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
General references to satellites
United States1965-10-25?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 States1982-03-26Kennedy 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 States1982-03-30Carmel Valley CA(Boudwin black rubber-stamp and hand-written) cachet on STS-3 landing (airmail) cover"COMSAT - Communications Satellite Corporation"
United States1982-11-11Air Force Postal Service(Purple and black rubber-stamp) cachet on STS-5 launch and SBS-3 deployment (airmail) cover"USAF Satellite Control Fac."
United States1992-09-25Kennedy 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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