The industry is ready to match high ambitions for space in Europe
Rome, 1st June 2021 - Today, the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Josef Aschbacher, visited the Thales Alenia Space site in Rome, where he was welcomed by the CEO of Thales Alenia Space, Hervé Derrey, and Massimo Comparini, CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italia, as well as by the highest representatives of the French-Italian space joint venture shareholders, Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of Thales and Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo.
In its agenda 2025 ESA sets high ambitions for space in Europe where the industry is not only a supplier but a real partner to reach common goals. Thales Alenia Space is ready to bring its contribution and work together with the space ecosystem , to implement successfully the current voted programs and seize the challenge of new European flagship missions.
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Giovanni Soccodato, Chief Strategic Equity Officer of Leonardo - H. Derrey, CEO Thales Alenia Space, Tolker-Nielsen, ESA’s Acting Director of Earth Observation Programmes - M.Comparini, Senior Executive Vice President Observation, Exploration and Navigation of Thales Alenia Space and CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italy - P.Caine, Chairman & CEO of Thales - J. Aschbacher, ESA Director General - Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo - Luigi Pasquali, Chief Executive Officer of Telespazio
In this frame and to enhance a win-win cooperation between industry and agencies, Director General Aschbacher visited one of the central hubs of Thales Alenia Space production capacity, where development, integration and testing activities for Telecommunications, Navigation and Earth Observation satellites are implemented. In the technologically advanced 4,000 sqm clean rooms, production lines are fitted with all innovative, autonomous and digital processes, methods and tools fully matching with the new challenges in the space sector.
ABOUT THALES ALENIA SPACE
Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 1.85 billion euros in 2020 and has around 7,700 employees in nine countries.
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