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Intelsat 14


Designation 36097 / 09064A
Launch date 23 Nov 2009
Country of origin International
Mission Telecommunications
Geostationary orbit 45°W
Launch vehicle Atlas 5 #19

Replaced Panamsat 1R. Tested at 47°W

Part of an industry-government 3-year program to demonstrate the use of an internet router in space: Internet Routing In Space (IRIS).

Cisco will provide commercial IP networking software for the on-board router and SEAKR Engineering Inc. will manufacture the space-hardened router and integrate it into the IRIS payload. Concerto Advisors, a financial advisory firm based in Iowa City, IA, is organising equity financing for a new company to provide the funds to design, build and operate the equipment used for the demonstration.

IRIS will serve as a computer processor in the sky, merging communications being received on various frequency bands and transmitting them to multiple users based on data instructions embedded in the uplink. The IRIS payload will interconnect one C-band and two Ku-band coverage areas. The IRIS architecture and design allow for flexible IP packet (layer 3) routing or multicast distribution that can be reconfigured on demand. With the on-board processor routing the up and down communications links, the IRIS payload is expected to enhance satellite performance and reduce signal degradation from atmospheric conditions.

Cisco later announced that its router is functionning properly and provided 99.95% availability during tests.

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Technical data

Lyngsat transponder loading

EIRP coverage (dBW)

C-band West Hemi
Ku-band Americas
Ku-band US/Europe/Africa combined


Prime contractor SS/L
Platform FS-1300HP
Mass at launch 5663 kg
Dry mass 2517 kg
Solar array  
DC power EOL: 16000 W
Design lifetime 16 years


Main transponders 40
Backup transponders
Power 50 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 32 x 36 MHz
8 x 72 MHz
Coverage West Hemi (South America, Central America, and USA)
East Hemi
EIRP max  
G/T max  
Frequencies uplink: 5.925-6.425 GHz
downlink: 3.7-4.2 GHz


Main transponders 22
Backup transponders
Power 120 W (TWTA)
Bandwidth 36 MHz
Coverage Americas, Europe and Africa
Americas (South America (excluding most of Brasil), Caribbean, south-east Mexico, part of USA (Florida)
US / Europe / Africa beam: (US east coast, Africa high power beam focused on Nigeria)
EIRP max  
G/T max  
Frequencies uplink: 14.0-14.5 GHz
downlink: 11.45-11.95 GHz

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