|Mission duration||13 years|
|Launch mass||4,723.0 kilograms (10,412.4 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||9 June 2001, 23:47:50UTC|
|Rocket||Ariane 44L V148|
|Launch site||Kourou ELA-2|
|Longitude||First orbital position: 67.5° W
Current orbital position: 18.0° W
|Bandwidth||36 and 72 MHz|
C-band global beam 36 dBW C-band Hemi Beam 38 dBW C-band beam zone 38 dBW Ku-band 53 dBW Europe Spot 1Spot 2 Ku-band Europe 52 dBW
Intelsat 901 (IS-901) was the first of 9 new Intelsat satellites launched in June 2001 at 342°E, providing Ku-band spot beam coverage for Europe, as well as C-band coverage for the Atlantic Ocean region, and provides features such as selectable split uplink for SNG, tailored for increased communications demands such as DTH and Internet.
- Increased power – IS-901 is designed to provide up to 5 dB for downlink e.i.r.p., and up to 1.8 dB for G/T over the IS-VII satellites.
- Increased Capacity – With over 72 C-band 36 MHz equivalent unit transponders, IS-901 provides a significant increase in capacity over the previous satellite at 342°E.
- Improved Coverage – IS-901 provides significantly expanded zone coverage. The Ku-band spot beams also include more area within each zone.
- Total Transponders: Ku-Band: up to 22 (in equiv. 36 MHz units)
- Polarization: Ku-Band: Linear - Horizontal or Vertical
- Uplink Frequency: Ku-Band: 14.00 to 14.50 GHz
- Downlink Frequency: Ku-Band: 10.95 to 11.20 GHz and 11.45 to 11.70 GHz
- G/T (Ku-Band) (Beam Peak): Spot 1: up to +9.0 dB/K, Spot 2: up to +9.0 dB/K
- SFD Range (Beam Edge): Ku-Band: -87.0 to -69.0 dBW/m²