Tag Archives: Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space to Supply Satellite Navigation System to South Korea; Jean Loic Galle Comments

Thales Alenia Space will supply a satellite navigation system to the South Korea’s national space agency in an effort to help enhance the country’s positioning system. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute will use the KASS system built based on Thales Alenia Space’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System to provide aeronautical applications and …

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Orbital ATK Ships Initial Iridium NEXT Satellites to Vandenberg AF Base; Matt Desch Comments

Orbital ATK has transported the first two next-generation Iridium satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of preparations for the scheduled liftoff on Sept. 19, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the satellites were shipped via truck from an Orbital ATK-run manufacturing facility near Phoenix to Vandenberg, …

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Thales Alenia Space-Orbital ATK Team Completes 1st Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments

A team of Thales Alenia Space and Orbital ATK has finished construction work on the first batch of communications satellites for Iridium‘s NEXT program, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the satellites are set for delivery to Vandenberg Air Force Base for fueling and mating with a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket prior to the launch of …

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Orbital ATK Orders Thales Alenia Space Cargo Modules for ISS Resupply Missions

Thales Alenia Space will provide nine more pressurized cargo modules for future International Space Station resupply missions onboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft under a new contract between the two companies. The companies inked the contract at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. for the transportation of crew supplies and science experiments to …

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Space News: Thales Alenia Space & Partners Seek Contract for High-Altitude Platform Station

Industry partners will invest in and work to develop a contract for the Thales Alenia Space-led Stratobus high-altitude platform station, Space News reported Thursday. Peter de Selding writes the French-Italian group expects to add telecommunications payloads when HAPS systems become authorized to operate in Ka- and Ku-band. “We expect to have our first …

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Thales-Finmeccanica JV-Led Team Gets French Govt Support on Stratobus Airship Development Project

A team led by a joint venture of Thales Group and Finmeccanica has received approximately $19.2 million in funds from the French government to conduct research and development work over two years on an autonomous airship. Thales Alenia Space will collaborate with French companies CNIM, Solutions F, Airstar Aerospace and Tronico-Alcen on …

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Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Launch Pushed Back to July on Russia Approval Process Delay

Iridium Communications has delayed the launch of its 66-satellite Iridium NEXT constellation from April to July after the launch provider notified of delays in obtaining government approvals for the launches, Iridium CEO Matt Desch told investors Thursday. SpaceX will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites in December on its Falcon 9 rocket and joint Russian-Ukrainian …

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Thales Alenia Space to Build New Oceanographic Satellites for ESA Under $500M Contract

Thales Alenia Space has been awarded an estimated $500 million contract to produce additional environmental monitoring and oceanographic satellites for the European Space Agency’s Earth observation program. The company will design, develop and test the Sentinel-3C and Sentinel-3D satellites under ESA’s Copernicus program headed by the European Commission, Thales Alenia Space …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Reschedules Initial NEXT Satellite Launch to April

Iridium Communications has rescheduled the launch of the first pair of Iridium NEXT satellites to April to provide an additional four months to address an issue with the satellite’s communications payload, Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday. Stephen Clark writes Iridium CEO Matt Desch said Oct. 29 that prime contractor Thales Alenia Space found an …

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Thales-Finmeccanica JV to Build Orion Service Module’s Thermomechanical Platforms

A joint venture of Thales Group and Finmeccanica has secured a potential $103 million contract from Airbus to build thermomechanical platforms for the Orion spacecraft’s European Service Module. Thales Alenia Space will supply thermal control, consumable storage components, micrometeoroid and structure protection systems for the space capsule’s ESM, Thales Group said Thursday. ESM will …

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