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Mission type Communications
Operator SES New Skies (2009)
SES World Skies (2009-2011)
SES S.A. (2011-present)
COSPAR ID 2009-008A
SATCAT no. 33749
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus GEOStar-2
Manufacturer Orbital Sciences
Launch mass 2,230 kilograms (4,920 lb)
Power 2,300 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 12 February 2009, 22:09 (2009-02-12UTC22:09Z) UTC
Rocket Ariane 5ECA V187
Launch site Kourou ELA-3
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 177° west
Perigee 35,783 kilometres (22,235 mi)
Apogee 35,801 kilometres (22,246 mi)
Inclination 0.01 degrees
Period 23.93 hours
Epoch 29 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, NSS-9 has an expected useful lifetime extending through 2024.[4]

Its launch has been featured in National Geographic Channel's programme World's Toughest Fixes S02E02.[5]


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