June 19, 2016

72nd straight success for Ariane 5

Saturday 18 June, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two telecommunications satellites, Echostar 18 for DISH Network and BRIsat for Bank Rakyat Indonesia. The flight marked the European launcher’s 72nd straight success since 2003.

With a launch mass of 6.3 tonnes, Echostar 18 is a telecommunications satellite built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for DISH Network. DISH serves a base of 14 million pay-TV subscribers with a line-up of more than 200 national HD channels plus international channels and HD and DVR technologies. Echostar 18 will augment DISH’s existing fleet covering the Americas, assuring the highest level of ongoing service to its customers. The satellite has an expected service life of 15 years.

With a launch mass of 3.5 tonnes, BRIsat is a telecommunications satellite built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) for Bank Rakyat Indonesia. BRIsat will serve as a dedicated platform for banking communications across the Indonesian archipelago, making Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) one of the first banks in the world to orbit its own telecommunications satellite. The satellite has an expected service life of 15 years.

Commenting on the launch, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “CNES is proud of this 72nd straight success for Ariane 5, which gives me the opportunity to congratulate all of the teams to whom we owe this success, at ESA, at Arianespace, across Europe’s space industry and of course at DISH Network and Bank Rakyat Indonesia. I would also like to thank and congratulate CNES’s teams at the Launch Vehicles Directorate and the Guiana Space Centre for accomplishing this third launch for Ariane 5 this year.”

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Contacts
Pascale Bresson Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39 pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37 julien.watelet@cnes.fr