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° West of longitude, serving as the video neighborhood in the region as well as providing Internet and data services.
|Operator||PanAmSat / Intelsat|
|Mission duration||15 years (planned)|
22 years, 20 days (elapsed)
|Spacecraft type||Boeing 601|
|Launch mass||3,659 kg (8,067 lb)|
|Dry mass||2,389 kg (5,267 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 July 2000, 22:42:00 UTC|
|Launch site||Sea Launch, Ocean Odyssey|
|Entered service||September 2000|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Longitude||58° West (2000-20??)|
50° West (20??-present)
|Coverage area||Americas, Caribbean, Western Europe|
Intelsat 9 also serves as the transmission platform for Sky México's direct-to-home (DTH) service. The service employs 12 Ku-band transponders on Intelsat 9 for the digital delivery of more than 160 channels directly to consumers' homes.
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, Warner TV, AXN, HBO, Viacom, Disney Channel, Fox News 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  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.