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Thales highlights 2023 plans

January 5, 2023

Thales Alenia Space has praised the European Space Agency (ESA) and its $16.9 billion (€15.9bn) – up 17 per cent – budget for the next three years.

Against this backdrop, Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent) said it would be building on 2022’s success where it won six out of the ten contracts for geostationary telecom satellites, and the second year where it led the market.

“These successes reflect the recognition by the world’s largest operators of Thales Alenia Space’s new Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) product line, which is fully reconfigurable in orbit, with the award of the Intelsat 41 (IS-41) and Intelsat 44 (IS-44), Arabsat-7A, SES-26 and Eutelsat Flexsat satellites,” said the company.

“Thales Alenia Space is pursuing its partnership with Eutelsat by providing the SpaceGate ground connectivity solution for the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite, which will significantly improve the satellite’s ground segment performance. Our company is also supplying the Koreasat-6A satellite to KTSAT in South Korea,” Thales continued.

Thales Alenia Space also signed a contract with the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) to develop, qualify and deploy the new version of Europe’s EGNOS satellite navigation overlay system.

“Our company also reached a new milestone in the Galileo programme, with a new satellite integrated into the Ground Mission Segment (GMS), which will improve positioning services for 3.3 billion users,” concluded Thales.

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