GSAT-9 satellite is configured to augment the growing need of Ku band transponders, carries 12 Ku-Band Transponders. The spacecraft employs the standard I-2K structure with the power handling capability of around 3000 W, with a lift off mass of 2195 kg. It is designed for a mission life of more than 12 years.

The satellite is scheduled to be launched onboard GSLV-F09 in the first quarter of 2017 from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.