Intelsat 9

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Intelsat 9
Mission type Communications
Operator PanAmSat
Intelsat
COSPAR ID 2000-043A
Mission duration 15 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Bus HS-601HP
Manufacturer Hughes
Launch mass 3,659 kilograms (8,067 lb)
BOL mass 2,389 kilograms (5,267 lb)
Power 9,900 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 28 July 2000, 22:42:00 (2000-07-28UTC22:42Z) UTC
Rocket Zenit-3SL
Launch site Ocean Odyssey
Contractor Sea Launch
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 58° W (0°N 58°W / 0°N 58°W / 0; -58Coordinates: 0°N 58°W / 0°N 58°W / 0; -58)
Transponders
Band 24 C band
24 Ku band
Frequency 36 MHz

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 degrees west 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 a dozen 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[edit]

  • The high-power platform from which more than a dozen of international broadcasters and programmers deliver their content throughout the Americas, including the United Kingdom's BBC; Germany's Deutsche Welle; Japan's NHK; Venezuela's Cisneros; Portugal's RTP; and the United States' Eternal Word Television Network, ESPN and HBO Olé Partners.[citation needed]
  • The permanent platform for Sky Mexico's DTH television service.[citation needed]
  • Comprehensive coverage enabling the Napa, California teleport facility to access the satellite, which permits signal turnaround between the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Europe.[citation needed]

Intelsat 9 customers[edit]

August 2012 outage[edit]

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, WarnerTV, AXN, HBO, Viacom, Disney, Fox 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 IS-21 satellite later in 2012.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Intelsat web site". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Costa Rica + Intelsat... There Was Nothing There...". SatNews.com. Retrieved 7 August 2012.