[SatNews] On behalf of Stephane Israel, who is on duty at the CSG in French Guiana for a launch campaign, Jacques Breton, Arianespace Senior Vice-President, Sales & Customers, signed a contract on April 28th in Jakarta with Sofyan Basi, CEO of BRI, for the launch of the Indonesian satellite BRIsat.
The contract signing ceremony took place in Jakarta and was witnessed by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia, Tifatul Sembiring, Indonesian Minister of Communications and Informatics, Dahlan Iskan, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, and Corinne Breuzé, French ambassador to Indonesia. The BRIsat satellite will be orbited by an Ariane 5 launcher in 2016 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will be the fifth satellite to be launched by Arianespace for Indonesian operators.
BRIsat will be built by Space Systems/Loral and will weigh about 3,500kg at launch. Fitted with C- and Ku-band transponders, the satellite will offer a design life that exceeds 15 years. From its orbital position at 150.5 degrees East, it will deliver highly reliable communications services to BRI's 11,000 bank branches across the Indonesian archipelago.
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