ECHOSTAR IX/TELSTAR 13
The Sea Launch team placed the EchoStar IX/Telstar 13 satellite into a high perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit, with the spacecraft separating from the upper stage over the Indian Ocean. Two-and-a-half minutes after liftoff, the first stage separated and then the payload fairing was jettisoned. About six minutes later, the second stage separated from the Block DM-SL upper stage. After the first burn of the Block DM-SL, the spacecraft coasted for 35 minutes. Following this coast period, the Block DM-SL made a second burn and then separated from the spacecraft 15 minutes later. A ground station in Beijing, China, acquired the first signal from the spacecraft about nine minutes after separation.