Galaxy 23

Galaxy 23 is the name given to the C-band service of the Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9 communications satellite jointly owned by Intelsat and EchoStar located at 121° W longitude, serving the North American market. It was built by Space Systems/Loral, as part of its FS-1300 line. Galaxy 23 was formerly known as Intelsat Americas 13. The "Galaxy 23" portion of the service provides transponders in the C band. The "EchoStar 9" portion broadcasts Ku band, and Ka band transponders.[2]

Galaxy 23
Operator Intelsat / EchoStar
Spacecraft Design Space Systems/Loral
Orbital location 121° West
Launch Date 8 August 2003, 3:31am GMT[1]
Launch Place Odyssey (Sea Launch)
Vehicle FS-1300
Design Life 12 years
C-band payload 24 x 36 MHz
Amp type SSPA, 20 watts
Amp Redundancy 16 for 12
Receiver redundancy 4 for 2
Coverage 50 State, Canada, Mexico
Beacon 3700.5 MHz (H)
Beacon 4199.5 MHz (V)

While the satellite itself is jointly owned through a partnership between Intelsat and Echostar, the Ku band payload is owned and operated by Echostar for international television programming and local television channels. That service is intended for Dish Network customers using a SuperDish system. The C-band payload is owned and operated by Intelsat. The Ka band payload is owned and operated by Echostar for as-yet-undisclosed purposes.

Current clients for Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9 include Dish Network, Direct TV, Genesis Networks, and Playboy.[3]


  1. ^ Sea Launch press release for EchoStar IX/Telstar 13 (Galaxy 23) Launch
  2. ^ Gunter's Space Page - information on Galaxy 23[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ list of channels carried on Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9

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