Intelsat 9
Mission typeCommunications
OperatorPanAmSat / Intelsat
COSPAR ID2000-043A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.26451
Mission duration15 years (planned)
22 years, 1 month, 21 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeBoeing 601
Launch mass3,659 kg (8,067 lb)
Dry mass2,389 kg (5,267 lb)
Power10 kW
Start of mission
Launch date28 July 2000, 22:42:00 UTC
Launch siteSea Launch, Ocean Odyssey
ContractorSea Launch
Entered serviceSeptember 2000
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude58° West (2000-20??)
50° West (20??-present)
Band48 transponders:
24 C-band
24 Ku-band
Bandwidth36 MHz
Coverage areaAmericas, Caribbean, Western Europe
← PAS-6B
PAS-1R →

Intelsat 9 (IS-9) (formerly PAS-9) is an Intelsat Atlantic Ocean region satellite which delivers communications services throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Following its launch from a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean (Sea Launch), Intelsat 9 succeeded the PAS-5 Atlantic Ocean Region satellite at 58° West of longitude, serving as the video neighborhood in the region as well as providing Internet and data services.


Intelsat 9 also serves as the transmission platform for Sky México's direct-to-home (DTH) service. The service employs 12 Ku-band transponders on Intelsat 9 for the digital delivery of more than 160 channels directly to consumers' homes.

On 11 September 2001, the Al Jazeera network used the PAS-9 to broadcast the tragedies occurring in New York into Qatar.[citation needed]

Intelsat 9 highlights

Intelsat 9 customers

August 2012 outage

Starting at approximately 12:50 UTC on 5 August 2012, Intelsat lost communications with the satellite and it stopped transmitting its signals. This caused an outage of many Latin American television services, including Sony, Warner TV, AXN, HBO, Viacom, Disney Channel, Fox News and ESPN. Intelsat regained communications within a couple hours, and then by the end of the day was able to restore the normal function of the satellite.

Via its home page [1] and emails to customers, Intelsat's statement at the beginning of the outage said:

On Sunday, August 5, at approximately 12:20 GMT, the Intelsat 9 satellite, which provides data and media services to customers primarily in Mexico and South America, experienced a service interruption. Satellite functionality has since been re-established, and Intelsat operations is working with all affected customers. The process of restoring customer services is underway.

After the satellite was restored, Intelsat posted an update saying:

Intelsat 9 Now Fully Operational and Providing Services to Customers -- The Intelsat 9 satellite, which provides data and media services to customers primarily in Mexico and South America, experienced a service interruption on Sunday, August 5. Satellite functionality has since been fully re-established, and Intelsat has restored services to all of its affected customers.

It was noted in the press that the satellite is nearing the end of its 15-year planned service life and is due for replacement by the Intelsat 21 satellite later in 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Intelsat website". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Costa Rica + Intelsat... There Was Nothing There..." SatNews. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2021.