Welcome to the Astrophilately Commission of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie

The aim of this website is to be the first port of call for; exhibitors, judges and all who are interested in Astrophilately.

The website contains the contact information for the members of the Bureau and the national delegates to the FIP Astrophilately Commission and various handy details about exhibiting,exhibitions, references and links to other useful sites.

Latest News

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IBRA

Just 3 weeks to go to get your entry forms in for IBRA 2023!!

Exhibitors outside BDPh should send an application to their National Commissioner. To find out who that is go to 🙁List of National Commissioners) . He or she will also be happy to answer your questions around IBRA 2023.

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European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon LIBEREC 2022

 

The following exhibits have been entered in the LIBEREC 2022 European Stamp Exhibion:

 

      
Class 10Astrophilately
Frame NumberNameCountryExhibit TitleClassFrames
844-848Walter HopferwieserATSpace Mail105
849-853Heinz KlacklATFrom “Vostok” to the Scheduled Deorbitting of Space Station “MIR”105
854-858Bart Van OppensBEAmerica, a Space Nation105
859-863Luc DelmonFRFrench Participation in Space Exploration105
864-868Alain LentinFREuropean Experiments with Sounding Rockets105
869-876Stephen LachheinDEHow Mankind’s Dream to Reach for the Stars Became Reality108
877-881Luigi Carlo BussolinoITUnited Europe In Space105
882-886Umberto CavallaroITItaly in Space105
887-891Umberto CavallaroITChina –  a Long March to the Moon105
892-896Pietro Della MaddalenaITThe Manned Space Flights: USA and Russia since 1958 to the ISS105
897-901Stefano MateassiITUSA – from the Study of a Spaceplane to the Shuttle105
902-906Annibale RegaITRussian Human Mission to Space Station from 1974 to 2021 from Salyut 3 to ISS105
907-911Giorgio ToniacciniITThe Experimental Space Stations  105
912-916Vadim-Alexandru BartosROSoviet International Manned Spaceflights105
917-921Paul RomanescuROSkylab Orbital American Station105
922-926Markand DaveGBThe Rocket Mails Of India 1934-44105
842Ian McMahonAUCanberra Tracking Stations9E1
843Antoni Rigo AguilóESPegasus: Rockets Launched from Airplanes9E1
927Charles BromserAUAustralia in Space9E1

 

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Lin Da' An joins us as a co-opted Bureau member from China

 

Alec Bartos joins us as a co-opted Bureau member from Romania

 

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During the 76th FIP Congress on the 9th of August 2022,  the FIP national federation delegates voted that the status of Astrophilately be changed from a Section to a Commission

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The 76th FIP Congress elected a the following candidates to the new Board:

President: Dr Prakob Chirakiti (Thailand)

Vice President for the Americas: Reinaldo Macedo (Brazil)

Vice President for Europe: Yigal Nathaniel (Israel)

Vice President for Asia: Richard Tan (Singapore)

Director for the Americas: Aldo Samama Y Samame (Peru)

Director for Europe: Peter Suhadolc (Slovenia)

Director for Asia: Abdulla Khoory (UAE)

The motion to change Astrophilately from a Section to a Commission was carried.

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The delegates' meeting held during the Jakarta 2022 World Stamp Championship on Sunday 7th August elected the below delegates for the new Bureau and confirmed the Minutes of our March 22 Zoom meeting.

Astrophilately Commission Bureau for the period 2022 - 2024

POSITION CANDIDATE COUNTRY
Chairperson Charles Bromser Australia
Secretary Chee Hui Tan Malaysia
Members Christian Schmied Switzerland (FEPA)
David Ball USA (FIAF)
Madhukar Jhingan India (FIAP)

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We will hold a delegates' meeting during the Jakarta 2022 World Stamp Championship on Sunday 7th August from 13:00 to 15:00.   Delegates will be voting for the next Astrophilately Bureau.

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The new Astrophilately guidelines have been approved by the FIP Board during the 144th FIP Board meeting in Lugano on 22 May 2022

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Antwerpia 2022 Results

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Astrophilately Zoom meetings of February and March minutes are now available in the Meetings tab of the website

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LONDON 20222 International Stamp Exhibition Results    
Ross NewtonAustraliaApollo 13 - A Successful Failure82V
Ramu Machapalli SrinivasaIndiaRocket Mails of India83V
Markand DaveIndiaThe Rocket Mails of India88LV
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FIP Astrophilately Qualifying Seminar

From Astrophilatelic Basics to the New Guidelines

During the LONDON 2022 International Stamp Exhibition (19-26 February) there will be a number of FIP Qualifying Seminars.  The Astrophilatelic Seminar will be held on Monday, 21 February from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Business Design Centre Islington.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

 

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 European Stamp Exhibition & Polar Salon LIBEREC 2022 13 - 16 October 2022

Liberec 2022 wiil be a Specialised European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon to be held at the Wellness hotel Babylon, Nitranska 1, 460 07 Liberec, Czech Republic.  You will be able to enter your astrophilately exhibit into either Class 10 Astrophilately or into Class  9E Astrophilately.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Astrophilately exhibits at the NOTOS 2021 exhibition.

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Luxembourg

Welcome to Andree Trommer-Schiltz our new delegate from Luxembourg.

 

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Vale Ben Ramkissoon

Dear friends,

This morning I got the sad notice that our friend, Dr Reuben Ramkissoon passed away at the age of 91.

Ben was the foundation US delegate to the Astrophilately Section and was an active member in the Section from 1986 to 2014.

     Ben, Beatrice, Peter & George the 1st Astrophilately Section Bureau Members

He exhibited his award winning US space collection at many national and international exhibtions.  His exhibit The Devlopment of the United States Lunar Exploration was invited to the Court of Honour in the Washington 2006 FIP World Exhibtion.

Ben was  the leading light for Astrophilately in the US, as the president of the ATA Space Unit for many years and he wrote the Astrophilately Exhibiting section of the American Philatelic Society's Manual of Philatelic Judging.

He was a true gentleman, always ready to help.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Happy 50th Birthday to KOSMOS

KOSMOS Members at the 2020 AGM (a ZOOM version this year)

Congratulations to the Czech space philately society KOSMOS on  its 50th anniversary.  KOSMOS was founded in 1971, as a section in the Union of Czech Philatelists (SČF) and is one of the oldest space philatelic groups in the world.

Prague EUROSPACE 2016, a national exhibition with international participation

KOSMOS has held four national exhibitions since 1995, three had international participation and one with FEPA recognition.   The group holds regular promotional displays and produces and award winning journal.

EUROSPACE 2016 opening ceremony

Well done

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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ASTROPHILATELY ONE-FRAME ENTRIES NEEDED!!!

Entries are now invited for CAPEX 22, the first International One-Frame Exhibition to be held in Toronto Canada, June 9-12, 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

CAPEX 22 will have up to 400 One Frame exhibits.  The exhibition will also include a Literature class with both Print and Digital Literature exhibits welcome.  Further information is available at www.capex22.org .  A copy of the IREX is attached.  (Not to be confused with the virtual exhibition Canpex 21, CAPEX 22 will be a face-to-face exhibition).  CAPEX 22 is a FIAF exhibition with FIP Recognition.

As an international exhibition, exhibits entered must meet the following criteria:

  • Entries awarded at least 75-points (vermeil medal) at national exhibitions since Jan 1, 2015 or which have been exhibited at exhibitions with, FIP, FIAF, FEPA or FIAP patronage, will be eligible.
  • Entries awarded at least 75-points (vermeil medal) at national virtual exhibitions since Jan 1, 2020, will be eligible.

One Frame Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenue, Modern (21st Century in Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery or Revenue), Picture Postcard, Open, Youth and Other Non-FIP formats (First Day Covers, Charity Seals and other Cinderellas, Illustrated Mail, etc.)

CAPEX 22 frame fees are: US$125 per exhibit (one-frame), Youth entries Free and Literature entries US$80.

Entries need to be submitted using the on-line form at  www.capex22.org by 30 November.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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The International Stamp Exhibition IBRA has been postponed to 2023 due to the COVID 19 virus.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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IBRA 2021

The next FIP International Stamp Exhibition that will have an Astrophilatelic Class is the International Stamp Exhibition IBRA 2021.  The exhibition will be held in Essen (Germany), from 6-9 May.  Now is the time for you to enter, I have attached the IBRA2021 ApplicationForm_engl for your convenience.   We need as many exhibits as possible so please enter.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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London 2020 International Stamp Exhibition Postponed

In line with UK Government guidelines, it is now impossible for the London 2020 exhibition to happen in May 2020.  Although all the details are not fully defined, the exhibition will
go ahead at the same venue on the earliest feasible dates available:
19 to 26 February 2022.

Frank Walton RDP FRPSL

Chairman, London 2020 Organising Committee

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Congratulations to Walter & Lin Da’An with their Large Gold & Gold respectively

The China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition Astrophilately results:

ASTROPHILATELY
Country No Frames Title Lname Total Medal
Austria 8 From Pioneer rocket mail to space mail Hopferwieser Walter 95 LG
China 5 Shenzhou spaceships Wang Ruowei 87 LV
China 8 From spaceflight precursors to space mail Lin Da’an 91 G
China 5 Shenzhou spacecraft Guo Yanming 83 V
China 5 China manned spaceflight & deep space exploration Chen Ensheng 80 V
Russia 5 Vladimir Dzhanibekov Cosmonaut Artist Kirillov Vasiliy 73 S
Switzerland 5 Manned space station Leu Ernst 80 V
Switzerland 5 The first man steps on the moon Schmied Chris 82 V

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Astro Update – May 2019

Eight exhibits were selected for the Astrophilately Class for the China 2019 World Stamp Exhibition next month.

1 – Austria

4 – China

1 – Russia

2- Switzerland

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Astro Update – April 2019

Hot off the press, Walter Hopferwieser’s  English version of his magnum opus, Pioneer Rocket Mail & Space Mail compendium and catalogue.   A must for any serious astrophilatelic collector.  540 pages in full colour.

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FIP Qualifying Seminar –

There will be a FIP qualifying seminar held during the China 2019 World Philatelic Exhibition in Wuhan on 14 June 2019 from 14:00 – 15:30.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Astro Update – March 2019

FIP Accredited Astrophilately Jurors List

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson

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Astro Update – January 2019

The FIP Astrophilately Section is now a Commission.

I passed the cross-accreditation for Astrophilately during Bangkok 2018 World Stamp Exhibition and successfully completed the 3-day training at the FIP Jury Academy.

Charles Bromser

FIP Astrophilately Commission Chairperson