From its equatorial launch site at 154 degrees West Longitude, a Zenit-3SL launch vehicle lifted the 4401 kg (9703 lbs) JCSAT-9 spacecraft to a high perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital position at 132 degrees East Longitude.
Lifting off from the Odyssey Launch Platform, a Zenit-3SL rocket began its ascent phase of flight. The first stage of the vehicle separated two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, and the protective payload fairing was jettisoned less than a minute later. Following a six-minute burn, the second stage separated from the Block DM upper stage. The Block DM operated for nearly six minutes and then shutdown for a 33-minute coast period. The Block DM ignited a second time for a five-and-a-half minute burn. Following this burn, and another coast lasting nearly 10 minutes, the spacecraft separated from the Block DM, above the East Coast of Africa. A ground station in Uralla, Australia, acquired a signal from the spacecraft about 34 minutes after separation.