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Thales Alenia Space chosen as instrument prime contractor in a Copernicus Land Surface Temperature Monitoring mission study

For an optimal management of water resources and crops

Madrid, June 19, 2018 – Thales Alenia Space in Spain partners with OHB System AG in the Land Surface Temperature Monitoring (LSTM) mission, in the frame of the expansion of the Copernicus Program led by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission.

The LSTM mission is one of the six candidate missions for the Copernicus Space Component Expansion, which aims at providing additional capabilities to the Copernicus program in support of current emerging user needs.

The LSTM mission shall be able to complement the current visible and near-infrared Copernicus observations with high spatio-temporal resolution Thermal Infrared observations over land and coastal regions in support of agriculture management services and possibly a range of additional services.

Thales Alenia Space in Spain, as instrument prime contractor leading a team of European industries, is in charge of the instrument concept and performance and also supports the mission analysis by OHB System AG, responsible for the system and platform.

“The LSTM mission shall contribute to the monitoring and optimal management of water resources and crops, which is key to better addressing the nutritional needs of the world’s population over the next few decades,” said Eduardo Bellido, CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Spain. “We are enthusiastic in collaborating with ESA and OHB in such an exciting mission, leveraging our experience in the technology pre-development of the Thermal Infrared Imager instrument (TIRI). The lead of the LSTM instrument activities in Spain represents a further step of growth in system competences and in the value chain of Thales Alenia Space in Spain for infrared instruments, well supported by European and Spanish institutions,” he added.  


About Thales Alenia Space in Spain
Thales Alenia Space is well represented in Spain and is the country’s leading space company in the space segment and export markets, with 30 years of experience in the design, development and sale of advanced space systems and equipment. It has contributed to more than 500 satellites, space probes and vehicles used in telecommunications, Earth observation, science, exploration, navigation and orbital infrastructure missions. Thales Alenia Space in Spain offers a wide range of solutions spanning the design and integration of payloads and subsystems for telecommunications, data transmission and TT&C (tracking, telemetry and command), optical observation instruments, radiofrequency equipment, data processing and digital electronics, and network management systems for the ground segment.

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.


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