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Echostar 9



ECHOSTAR 9, also known as TELSTAR 13, is an American geostationary communications satellite that was launched by a Zenit 3SL rocket from the floating Odyssey platform on the equatorial Pacific at 154 deg-W longitude at 03:31 UT on 8 August 2003. The 4.7 tonne satellite carries 24 C-band, and a few Ku- and Ka- band transponders to provide direct-to-home and cable-fed high definition television programs to all regions of North America after parking over 121 deg-W longitude.

Alternate Names

  • 27854
  • Echostar9
  • G-23
  • Galaxy 23
  • Telstar 13

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2003-08-08
Launch Vehicle: Zenit 3SL
Launch Site: Odyssey (Sea Launch Platform),

Funding Agency

  • International Telecommunications Satellite Corporation (International)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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