Thales Alenia Space achieves a major milestone by introducing FabLabs in the technological innovation process
rom Digital Transformation to New Space approach
Rome – April 20, 2018 – To permit innovation continuous growth in the heart of its strategy and in the straightway of its Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0, Thales Alenia Space is now implementing a FabLab approach to match the industrial disruption in space industry.
A FabLab is a digital incubator, accessible to all the employees, with free access dedicated to boost creativity and innovation through simulation and prototyping while complementing the current industrial organization by connecting people and activities.
After the first FabLab already put in place in Toulouse, Thales Alenia Space has inaugurated today a new FabLab in Rome facilities with the visit of Nicola Zingaretti, the Italian current president of Lazio.
The FabLab in Rome is a fast prototyping laboratory open to all employees to foster their inventiveness in order to develop new inventions, solutions and technologies. The Lab is providing fast prototyping means, in both hardware and software domains, it is also and foremost a place for sharing and exchanges.
It is organized in four different areas : Brainstorming area, Fabrication area, augmented realty area and Digital Area. It is open for any activities, whether professional or personal, aiming at prototyping, experimenting, testing, simulating, materializing ideas.
The main expectations from the FabLab are the development of new technologies, as brand-new solutions proof-of-concepts, the applications and on-field user’s needs evaluation to derive and drive system requirements and stimulate the integrated team working to strengthen the employees relationship through sharing of free time moments. It is a great mean to deeply spread the digital and new technological knowhow within the company.
Running on hand in hand with Thales Alenia Space Innovation Cluster spirit, the FabLab is also open to the collaboration with Universities, Research Centres, SME smart and will be oriented to the development of innovative solutions and Research programs, as well as to the training activities. Additional FabLab are planned to be opened in other Thales Alenia Space plants in a near future.
About Thales Alenia Space
Combining 40 years of experience and a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, Thales Alenia Space architects design and deliver high technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments, institutions and companies rely on Thales Alenia Space to design, operate and deliver satellite-based systems that help them position and connect anyone or anything, everywhere, help observe our planet, help optimize the use of our planet's – and our solar system’s – resources. Thales Alenia Space believes in space as humankind’s new horizon, which will enable 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 and solutions. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.6 billion euros in 2017 and has 7,980 employees in nine countries. www.thalesaleniaspace.com