Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2009-008A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.33749
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerOrbital Sciences
Launch mass2,230 kilograms (4,920 lb)
Power2,300 watts
Start of mission
Launch date12 February 2009, 22:09 (2009-02-12UTC22:09Z) UTC
RocketAriane 5ECA V187
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude177° west
Perigee altitude35,783 kilometres (22,235 mi)
Apogee altitude35,801 kilometres (22,246 mi)
Inclination0.01 degrees
Period23.93 hours
Epoch29 October 2013, 13:27:57 UTC[1]

NSS-9 is a communications satellite owned by SES World Skies. It is an all C-band satellite intended as a replacement for NSS-5, and has three beams with 44 active C-band transponders.

NSS-9 was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation and launched February 12, 2009 aboard Ariane 5 flight V-187.[2][3]

Built on the Orbital STAR-2 satellite bus,[4] NSS-9 has an expected useful lifetime extending through 2024.[5]

Its launch has been featured in National Geographic Channel's programme World's Toughest Fixes Satellite Launch S02E01.[6]


  1. ^ "NSS 9 Satellite details 2009-008A NORAD 33749". N2YO. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Satellite Data - NSS-9". SES NEW SKIES. Archived from the original on 2009-02-25.
  3. ^ "Ariane 5 begins 2009 with another successful launch at Arianespace's service". Arianespace.
  4. ^ "Orbital-Built NSS-9 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched For SES NEW SKIES". Northrop Grumman. February 13, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter D. "NSS 9". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved March 11, 2023.
  6. ^ "World's Toughest Fixes: Satellite Launch s02e01". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved March 11, 2023.