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Galaxy 9
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorPanAmSat / Intelsat
COSPAR ID1996-033A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.23877
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1,397 kilograms (3,080 lb)
Dry mass700 kilograms (1,500 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateMay 24, 1996, 01:09:59 (1996-05-24UTC01:09:59Z) UTC
RocketDelta II 7925
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-17B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Slot81° W
Semi-major axis42,369.0 kilometers (26,326.9 mi)
Perigee altitude35,973.9 kilometres (22,353.1 mi)
Apogee altitude36,023.3 kilometres (22,383.8 mi)
Period1.446.6 minutes
Epoch19 April 2017

Galaxy 9 (G-9) was a geostationary communication satellite built by Hughes. It was located at an orbital position of 81 degrees west longitude and was initially operated by PanAmSat and later by Intelsat. The satellite was based on the HS-376 platform and its life expectancy was 15 years. The satellite was successfully launched into space on May 23, 1996, at 01:09:59 UTC, by means of a Delta II vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, United States. It had a launch mass of 3080 pounds (1397 kg).

The Galaxy 9 was equipped with 24 (plus 6 spare) C-band transponders to provide services to South America.[1]


  1. ^ Galaxy 1, 1R, 1R2, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9. Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 April 2017.