Thales Alenia Space is the European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures. Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”.
Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecom, radar and optical Earth observation, defence and security, navigation and science. The company, which achieved revenues of Euro 2 billion in 2013, has a total of 7,200 employees located in 11 industrial sites in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Germany. Thales Alenia Space is at the heart of the most high-performance satellite technologies in both civil and defense sectors.
Thales Alenia Space is prime contractor for EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System), which was delivered to ESA mid-2005 and is now operational. Thales Alenia Space defined the overall architecture of the Galileo system on behalf of the European Union and the satellite architecture for ESA. Thales Alenia Space has been a driving partner in Galileo since the outset, in charge of the ground segment as well as the satellite integration and providing critical equipment and subsystems (IOV phase).
Thales Alenia Space is involved in the Cospas Sarsat Search and rescue system since several decades. Thales teams have developed all the SARP (Search And Rescue Payload) instruments on-board SARSAT satellites (LEOSAR), in CNES (French Space Agency) contracts, which highlight a long involvement in Search-And-Rescue. In the frame of GALILEO, Thales Alenia Space contributes to the development of the SAR capability of GALILEO.