Ariane Flight VA230

with EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat


Launch vehicle
Ariane 5 ECA
Launch date
June 18, 2016
EchoStar XVIII, BRIsat
DISH, PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.
Prime contractor(s)
Launch site
Spaceport, French Guiana (Guiana Space Center)
Geostationary transfer orbit (GTO)


On its fifth launch of the year, which will be the third mission in 2016 utilizing an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, Arianespace will orbit two satellites: EchoStar XVIII for the operator DISH Network L.L.C.; and BRIsat for PT.Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

This mission – the 230th overall by an Ariane launcher – will mark a new all-time Arianespace record for a total payload weight orbited: 10,730 kg., including a net weight of 9,840 kg. for the two satellites. The launch, designated Flight VA230, is to be the very first time that Arianespace orbits two satellites built by SSL (Space Systems Loral) on the same launcher, as well as Arianespace’s initial launch of a spacecraft entirely dedicated to use by a financial institution.

EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat will be the 533rd and 534th satellites launched by Arianespace.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.
Kourou, French Guiana
Between 4:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
Washington, D.C., USA
Between 8:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.
Universal Time (UTC)
Between 10:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.
Paris, France


EchoStar XVIII
  • Orbit

    Geostationary transfer orbit

  • On-board power

    13 kW (end of life)


EchoStar XVIII will be the fifth satellite orbited by Arianespace for the operator DISH Network L.L.C. (NASDAQ:DISH). Arianespace and DISH Network L.L.C. are continuing a very fruitful collaboration that dates back to the launch of EchoStar II in 1996.

DISH Network L.L.C. through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.874 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2016, with the highest-quality programming and technology, and the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 250 company.

The EchoStar XVIII satellite, a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) with a high-power multi-spot beam in the Ku-band, will augment DISH’s existing fleet, assuring the highest level of ongoing service to DISH customers.

EchoStar XVIII was built by SSL based on the SSL 1300 platform.

  • Orbit

    Geostationary transfer orbit

  • On-board power

    9.5 Kw (end of life)


BRIsat is the first satellite to be operated by PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. (BRI), which selected Arianespace as its launch services provider. This Indonesian bank is the first bank in the world to ac-quire a satellite.
BRI is a state-owned bank and the largest bank in Indonesia. BRI went public through an Initial Public Offering in 2003 and became one of the blue chip stocks traded on the Indonesian Stock Exchange. The bank manages millions of customer transactions non-stop, 24 hours daily, through service facilities spread across the country.

BRIsat is the world’s first communications satellite dedicated to a financial institution. It will provide both C-band and Ku-band coverage of Indonesia, South East Asia and North East Asia. Positioned at 150.5 degrees East longitude, the satellite will enable BRI to provide en-hanced secure banking communications for more than 10,600 operational branches, 236,939 electronic channel outlets, and almost 53 million customers across the Indonesian archipela-go.

BRI is optimistic that it can, through the support of sophisticated satellite-based technology, meet public demand for access to easy, safe and fast banking products. At the same time, BRI also provides innovative and comprehensive business solutions.

PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. is the 37th telecom satellite operator to choose Arianespace to launch its first satellite.

BRIsat was built by SSL based on the SSL 1300 platform.

and flight

  • Start of final countdown
  • Check of electrical systems
  • Start of filling of EPC with liquid oxygen and hydrogen
  • Start of filling of ESC-A with liquid oxygen and hydrogen
  • show the countdown
  • Liftoff
  • show the countdown
  • EAP separation
  • Fairing jettisoned
  • Acquisition by Natal tracking station
  • End of EPC thrust phase
  • EPC separation
  • Ignition of ESC-A stage
  • Acquisition by Ascension tracking station
  • Acquisition by Libreville tracking station
  • Acquisition by Malindi tracking station
  • Injection
  • EchoStar XVIII satellite separation
  • Sylda 5 separation
  • BRIsat satellite separation
  • End of the Arianespace mission
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