Thales Alenia Space Features New Space & Defence Solutions at DSEI 2019

Thales Alenia Space, along with its parent company THALES, is showcasing its latest range of solutions at DSEI 2019, the Defence and Security Equipment International trade show and exhibition. The event is taking place in London from 10-13 September. DSEI has brought together all major players in the defense and security markets, giving Thales Alenia Space an excellent opportunity to showcase its latest technologies for military and dual telecommunications systems, its optical and radar observation capabilities, and its solutions for the New Space environment. Here are some highlights of what Thales Alenia Space is showcasing at the event:

Secure Communications for Today’s Armed Forces

Thales Alenia Space will be spotlighting its new Syracuse IV milsatcom system, built for French defense procurement agency DGA. The system comprises of two military communications satellites to be used by French armed forces for their secure communications, replacing the previous generation Syracuse 3A and Syracuse 3B satellites, launched in 2005 and 2006, respectively. These new satellites will start operation as from de 2021. The DGA chose the team of Thales Alenia Space (65%) and Airbus (35%) to build the satellites. As prime, Thales Alenia Space is in charge of relations with the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

Including this latest addition, Thales Alenia Space will have supplied France with four generations of Syracuse communications satellites, along with two generations of Sicral satellites for Italy, the Athena-Fidus dual (civil-military) communications satellite for France and Italy, and two Satcom BW satellites for Germany. With Athena-Fidus and Sicral 2, Thales Alenia Space is at the heart of European defense collaboration. In addition, Thales Alenia Space has exported its expertise in dual telecom systems, with satellites for Turkey, Brazil and South Korea.

A Complete Range of Optical and Radar Observation Systems

Intelligence, maritime surveillance, mapping, crisis management… For these and many other critical applications, space-borne systems give users, especially national governments, access to a wide range of monitoring capabilities to guarantee their security and independence. A number of countries have already shown a keen interest in acquiring space systems capable of independently providing high-precision images for intelligence. Capitalizing on over 30 years of experience in this field, Thales Alenia Space, the only European manufacturer with proven expertise in both optical and radar very-high-resolution instruments, offers a complete range of observation systems that meet market expectations.

For example, Thales Alenia Space is prime contractor for Cosmo-SkyMed, the Italian radar Earth observation system, and built Turkey’s Earth observation satellite, Gokturk-1, including its high-resolution optical instrument. Thales Alenia Space is also the exclusive supplier of all very-high-resolution optical instruments used on French intelligence gathering satellites, including Pleiades, Helios and CSO. The company was selected by South Korea last year to build four Earth observation satellites fitted with synthetic aperture radars (SAR).

Timely Solutions for New Space

Thales Alenia Space offers innovative yet competitive proposals for a wide range of activities. For instance, Thales Alenia Space and the American startup Spaceflight Industries have created LeoStella LCC, an equally-owned joint venture fully reflecting the needs of the New Space environment. Their aim is to construct BlackSky, the first constellation featuring short revisit times, comprising 60 high-resolution optical observation satellites. Thales Alenia Space will also build Kineis, a constellation of 20 nanosatellites dedicated to The Internet of Things, produced in conjunction with Nexeya for CLS.

The Space Alliance (between Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio) recently acquired a stake in NorthStar Earth & Space Inc, a Montreal-based information services company that is developing the world’s most sophisticated system for the surveillance of our environment and near space. Through this investment, the Space Alliance will provide NorthStar with design, development and production solutions for an innovative constellation of 40 satellites.

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