Galaxy 23
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorIntelsat / EchoStar
COSPAR ID2003-034A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.27854Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration12 years (design life)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Start of mission
Launch date8 August 2003, 3:31am GMT[1]
Launch siteOdyssey (Sea Launch)
Orbital parameters
Longitude121° West
Band24 C-band x 36 MHz
Coverage areaNorth America

Galaxy 23 is the name given to the C-band service of the Galaxy 23/EchoStar IX communications satellite jointly owned by Intelsat and EchoStar located at 121° W longitude (20Years, i=1° (2024)), serving the North American market. It was built by Space Systems/Loral, as part of its FS-1300 line. Galaxy 23 was formerly known as Intelsat Americas 13. The "Galaxy 23" portion of the service provides transponders in the C band. The "EchoStar IX" portion broadcasts Ku band, and Ka band transponders.[2]

While the satellite itself is jointly owned through a partnership between Intelsat and Echostar, the Ku band payload is owned and operated by Echostar for international television programming and local television channels. That service is intended for Dish Network customers using a SuperDish system. The C-band payload is owned and operated by Intelsat. The Ka band payload is owned and operated by Echostar for as-yet-undisclosed purposes.

Current clients for Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9 include Dish Network, Direct TV, Genesis Networks, and Playboy.[3]


  1. ^ Sea Launch press release for EchoStar IX/Telstar 13 (Galaxy 23) Launch
  2. ^ Gunter's Space Page - information on Galaxy 23
  3. ^ list of channels carried on Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9