Thales to Build Control Electronics for the European Space Agency’s Launch Vehicle

ThalesLogoThalesAlenia Space Belgium subsidiary has been selected to develop the electronic control power system for the European Space Agency’s launch vehicle.

Astrium, prime contractor for the Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution launch system, awarded the contract to Thales Alenia Space Belgium for the upgrade of the upper-stage Vinci engine steering system, Thales Group said Monday.

Thales Alenia Space will also work to modernize the launcher’s power distribution system.

The Ariane 5 ME is built with multiple restart capabilities for the launcher’s satellite orbital positioning and is scheduled for flight in 2018.

Thales Alenia Space Belgium has been developing a total of 21 components for each Ariane 5 ME, the company says.

The two companies have been partnering on various projects for the past 40 years.

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