Australian Satellite Covers


This table represents event covers released for the launch or other events associated with an Australian satellite. It should be noted that only two satellites have been launched from Australian soil, only one of which was Australian (WRESAT). Initially, this table only shows a limited number of covers per event. However, in many cases, a range of cachets were produced and more will be shown over time.

 

 

Satellite

Date1

Place

Country

Purpose

Orbit

Comments

Wresat

 

 

 

Scientific

LEO

Australian designed and built satellite
Australia Post provided a special postmark for the launch

Launch

29-11-1967

Woomera

Australia

 

 

Woomera Rocket Range

Tracking WRE

29-11-1967

Woomera

Australia

 

 

Weapons Research Establishment

Tracking Red Lake

29-11-1967

Woomera

Australia

 

 

Tracking Station about 50 km north of Woomera

Tracking Baker-Nunn

29-11-1967

Woomera

Australia

 

 

Satellite tracking camera operated for NASA by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the Island Lagoon Area

Tracking Mirikata 

29-11-1967

Woomera

Australia

 

 

Tracking station about 200 km west of Woomera

Australis/Oscar 5

 

 

 

Amateur Radio

LEO

Built by students from the University of Melbourne

Launch

23-01-1970

Vandenberg

USA

 

 

Covers postmarked at Vandenberg AFB also exist

Aussat 1

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

First Australian Communications Satellite
Moved to graveyard orbit

STS-51I Launch 

27-08-1985

Kennedy S.C.

USA

 

 

 

STS-51I Tracking

24-08-1985

Tharwa

Australia

 

 

Deep Space Communications Complex (includes Tidbinbilla)

Aussat 1 Release

27-08-1985

Kennedy S.C.

USA

 

 

 

Aussat Tracking

28-08-1985

French's Forest

Australia

 

 

Main Aussat Communications & Tracking Center - Belrose Australia

STS-51I Landing

03-09-1985

Edwards AFB

USA

 

 

 

Aussat 2

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

Moved to graveyard orbit

STS-61B Launch

27-11-1985

Kennedy S.C.

USA

 

 

 

STS-61B Tracking

24-08-1985

Tharwa

Australia

 

 

Deep Space Communications Complex (includes Tidbinbilla)

Aussat 2 Release

27-11-1985

Kennedy S.C.

USA

 

 

 

Aussat Tracking

28-11-1985

French's Forest

Australia

 

 

Main Aussat Communications & Tracking Center - Belrose Australia

STS-61B Landing

03-12-1985

Edwards AFB

USA

 

 

 

Aussat 3

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

First moved to 31.5E, then moved to graveyard orbit: April 2008

Ariane V19 Launch

15-09-1987

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Ariane V19 Tracking

15-09-1987

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Optus B1

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

Moved to graveyard orbit: May 2008

Launch

14-08-1992

Xichang

China

 

 

 

Optus B2

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

Launch Failed

Launch

21-12-1992

Xichang

China

 

 

 

Optus B3

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

Originally at 156E, moved to 164E Operational2

Launch

28-08-1994

Xichang

China

 

 

 

Westpac/Fizeau

 

 

 

Laser Reflector

LEO

One of a number of secondary payloads to RESURS-O-4. Joint project of Electro Optic Systems of Queanbeyan, New South Wales and the Russian Space Agency

Launch

10-07-1998

Baikonour

Kazakhstan

 

 

 

Kolibri-2000

 

 

 

Educational

LEO

Joint Australian/Russian Microsatellite

Progress M1-7 Launch

26-11-2001

Baikonour

Kazakhstan

 

 

 

Progress M1-7 Docking

28-11-2001

Korolev S.C. Moscow

Russia

 

 

To the ISS

Kolibri-2000 Release

20-03-2002

Korolev S.C. Moscow

Russia

 

 

From Progress M1-7

Fedsat

 

 

 

Scientific

LEO

Australian designed and built satellite ceased service in Sept. 2007. One of a number of secondary payloads to ADEOS-II.

Launch

14-12-2002

Tanegashima

Japan

 

 

No Covers Known

Optus C1

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

156E Operational2

Ariane V161 Launch

11-06-2003

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Ariane V161 Tracking

11-06-2003

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

Kourou Tracking Station

Optus D1

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

160E Operational2

Ariane V173 Launch

13-10-2006

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Ariane V173 Tracking

13-10-2006

Libreville

Gabon

 

 

Gabon Tracking Station

Ariane V173 Tracking

13-10-2006

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

Multitracking Cachets

Optus D2

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

152E Operational2

Ariane V178 Launch

05-10-2007

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Ariane V178 Tracking

05-10-2007

Libreville

Gabon

 

 

Gabon Tracking Station

Optus D3

 

 

 

Communications

GEO

Co-located with Optus C1 at 156E Operational2

Ariane V190 Launch

21-08-2009

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

 

Ariane V190 Tracking

21-08-2009

Libreville

Gabon

 

 

Gabon Tracking Station

Ariane V190 Tracking

21-08-2009

Kourou

French Guyana

 

 

Multitracking Cachets

Australian Satellite Stamps

The only know stamps depicting Australian satellites were issued by Australia on 24 January 1986.


Type of Item

Issue Date

Value

Description

Scott No.

SG No.

Other Comments

Stamp (1 of 2)

24/01/1986

33c

AUSSAT Satellite

972

998

AUSSAT

Stamp (2 of 2)

24/01/1986

80c

AUSSAT Satellite (Different View)

973

999

AUSSAT

Australian Satellite Postmarks

The following are Australian postmarks which show satellites


Postmark

Pict. No.*

Date

Description

Reason for Issue & Other Comments

Temporary Postmarks  
 Woomera SA APM2500 29/11/1967 Large circular pmk shows small satellite - FIRST AUSTRALIAN SATELLITE Issued for the launch of Australia's 1st satellite WRESAT-1
Frenchs Forest NSW 1) APM16820
2) APM16821
24/01/1986 Postmark shows map of Australia & AUSSAT Satellite - Earth Station Belrose
1) Normal
2) Different Font for Date
AUSSAT 2 Stamp FDI
Melbourne Vic APM16760 24/01/1986 Postmark shows Map of Australia & AUSSAT Satellite National FDI Postmark for AUSSAT Stamps
St. George's WA APM24351 19/03/1992 Postmark shows satellite and broadcast tower ISY stamps FDI
AEROPEX 94 Type 2 1) APM27242 20/11/1994 Rectangular pmk with rounded ends shows a map of Australia, the Shuttle, a satellite & planets National Aero/Astro Exhibition
one of a number of postmarks released for the exhibition
Permanent Postmarks  
Ceduna SA 1) APM17950
2) APM17955
3) APM23470
4) APM23471
various Postmark shows the 'OTC Satellite Earth Station' 23 January 1987 - --mm diameter - S.A.
1) Ordinary Postmark
2) FDI Postmark
13 June 1991 - 32mm diameter - SA
3) Ordinary Postmark
4) FDI Postmark
Woomera SA  1) APM9910
2) APM?
3) APM23420
4) APM?
various Postmark is symbolic showing an orbiting satellite in the arc of a dish with a rocket shape midway up the picture 1) 29 July 1981 - 37mm diameter
2) 16 June 1982 - 32mm diameter
3) 13 June 1991 - Sth Aust replaced with SA
4) 25 February 2002 - removed some lines
* Australian Pictormarks by Eury & Woolley - DC Desktoppers 2001 - ISBN 0 646 40171 8

 


Notes
1) Dates are in day/month/year format. They also represent local time and thus may differ by 1 day from GMT
2) Operational as of 1 January 2012

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