Sea Launch has successfully completed the JCSAT-9 mission. A Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off from the Odyssey Launch Platform at 4:30 pm PDT (23:30 GMT) on April 12, 2006. All phases of the flight profile performed as expected. The mission ended with spacecraft separation from the Block DM upper stage, placing the JCSAT-9 communications satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. A ground station in Uralla, Australia, acquired the spacecraft signal. All systems are operating nominally.
The 4401 kg (9,703 lbs) spacecraft will join JSAT's nine spacecraft currently in orbit, providing communications and broadcasting services to businesses throughout Asia.