Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), is a key European player in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures. Because of its unrivaled expertise in dual (civil/military) missions, constellations, flexible payloads, altimetry, meteorology and high-resolution optical and radar instruments, Thales Alenia Space is the natural partner to countries that want to expand their space program. The company posted consolidated revenues in excess of 2 billion euros in 2016, and has 7,500 employees in 7 countries.
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Thales Alenia Space is a leader in Earth observation, based on its high or very-high resolution optical and radar payloads. The JV has established a position as a major supplier in export markets, covering military, dual and civilian missions: intelligence gathering, target designation, mapping, crisis management, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, etc. The company also proposes a very innovative concept, Stratobus, multi-missions autonomous stratospheric platform halfway between drones and satellites.
Thales Alenia Space is one of the world’s leading designers of telecommunications satellites, platforms and payloads. The telecom segment accounts for half of the company’s business. The company is also the worldwide leader in the fields of telecommunications constellations in low or medium Earth orbit.
Thales Alenia Space is the pioneer in European satellite navigation, as prime contractor for the Egnos augmentation system, the precursor to Galileo. We play a major role in its development, with system support for Galileo and a lead role in the in-orbit validation phase, not only through the rst four satellites to be launched, but above all by building the Mission Ground Segment for the complete constellation.
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ExoMars, Thales Alenia Space was also prime contractor for Herschel and Planck, the two largest space observatories ever built in Europe. We also developed and integrated Corot, the French exoplanet hunter, and made 25 parabolic antennas as part of Europe’s contribution to the ALMA program in Chile. We also played a lead role in the recent Rosetta-Philae comet landing mission, in particular taking charge of the assembly, integration and testing of the Rosetta probe, as well as Europe’s Bepi-Colombo mission to explore the planet Mercury. Thales Alenia Space has celebrated recently the 10th anniversary of the Cassini-Huygens mission, including the landing on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, by the Huygens probe, built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor. Our next scientic challenge is the European program Euclid, designed to help further our understanding of dark matter.
Thales Alenia Space is a major contributor to the International Space Station (ISS), responsible for over half of its pressurized volume, and played a major role on the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) cargo vessels for ESA and on NASA’s Cygnus program, which will also bring supplies to the ISS. Thales Alenia Space has leveraged its unrivaled expertise in orbital infrastructures and space transport to meet new challenges, including the IXV, a huge success that paves the way to future European reentry missions, and the pressurized compartment on SOAR (Sub-Orbital Aircraft Reusable), which will carry both scientic experiments and astronauts. Thales Alenia Space will also be a leading contributor to the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) being developed by NASA
Thales Alenia Space contributes to Europe’s policy for independent access to space by supplying advanced electronics for the Ariane launcher family, and the onboard range safety system for Soyuz launchers operated at the Guiana Space Center.