On July 13, 2017, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued the postal stationery (a post card) devoted to the Russian “Gonets” (Messenger) civilian low Earth orbit communication satellite system. The first two satellites, which were used to test and validate the system, were launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 13 July 1992.
Total edition is 20 000 post cards.
The card was postmarked with the special official cancellation also devoted to the “Gonets” satellite system. The postal cancellation was organized at Baykonur Cosmodrome (post code 468 320); and in the town of Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai (post code 662 972), where the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems JSC is situated. The Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems JSC is the main developer of the “Gonets” satellite system. For the reason unknown the special cancellation was organized at Baykonur Cosmodrome in spite of all “Gonets” satellites were launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.