From November 2 to 5, Thales Alenia Space will be at Indo Defence 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indo Defence is the largest exhibition and conference in Southeast Asia for the aerospace, marine and defense sectors. This year’s expo is expected to attract over 25,000 delegates and visitors from 750 companies in 55 countries. Thales Alenia Space, a leading European space company, will be showcasing its latest technologies for very-high-resolution optical and radar observation systems, and its expertise in satellite telecommunications solutions, covering both civil markets [TV, telephony, broadband] and military applications [secure military communications]. Another highlight at the Indonesian exhibition will be the StratobusTM stratospheric airship project from Thales Alenia Space.
Indo Defence will be the perfect opportunity for Thales Alenia Space to spotlight its expertise in military satellite communications (Milsatcom), including the latest ComSat NG contract. This system, built by Thales Alenia Space as prime on behalf of French defense procurement agency DGA, will comprise two telecom satellites for French armed forces, replacing the Syracuse 3A and Syracuse 3B satellites, launched in 2005 and 2006, respectively. These new satellites are expected to start operational service in 2021, giving France a higher performance Milsatcom system that also offers new services.
Earth Observer Optical: the space vigil
Thales Alenia Space will be spotlighting its new-technology solution for very-high-resolution optical observation systems. The cutting-edge Earth-Observer Optical is a turnkey system designed for operational applications such as surveillance, agriculture, urban development, risk management and aid during natural disasters. Offering global coverage, it will give users independent observation capabilities for a service life of ten years. Earth Observer-Optical is also compatible with small launchers, making it a very cost-competitive product. Its extensive acquisition capabilities mean that it complies with even the most demanding programming requirements. It can be part of an extended collaboration plan, tailored to each country’s specific needs, including operational support and training services (classroom and practical). Thales Alenia Space is clearly aiming to support the local development of applications that meet the specific needs of each country and each business.
The Stratobus™ approach:
Also on display in Jakarta is Thales Alenia Space’s famous StratobusTM
project for an autonomous multi-mission stratospheric airship that complements conventional satellite systems. Stratobus offers significant advantages over existing solutions, since it does not require a launcher for deployment. It addresses the needs of both defense and security organizations, for example by providing permanent surveillance of a predefined regional coverage zone.
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