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Thales Alenia Space creates Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg and expands its European footprint

Luxembourg, September 1st, 2021 – Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33 %), is opening a Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg. With support from both the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and the Luxembourg Space Agency, this initiative is aligned with the country’s digital and space strategies and will help energize the local ecosystem.

The new entity, Thales Alenia Space in Luxembourg, will focus on the development of highly innovative digital solutions for the company’s space communications, observation and navigation products. It will leverage on big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity technologies to address complex end-to-end satellites systems’ challenges, while fostering user experience excellence.

One of the first tasks assigned to this center will be to contribute to the development of the company’s Space Inspire product line, featuring the re-configurability of space communications missions, within the scope of the Novacom II project (as part of ESA’s program of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems - ARTES). The new center will also be working on digital twins, digital solutions for best data preparation and exploitation on Earth observation, data valorization engines and much more.

Thales Alenia Space’s Digital Center is designed and organized in line with the model, work environment and practices already proven in Thales’ Digital Factory, dedicated to the acceleration of the digital shift of Thales and its customers.

The newly created Digital Center will employ specialists in digital technologies working in agile mode – e.g. design thinking, lean startup approach – to jointly develop innovative software products in conjunction with future users.

 "The Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg is a step forward in the Thales Alenia Space Digital transformation strategy, accelerating the shift of space business towards digital solutions, and fostering digital innovation and partnerships in all space domains, telecommunications, observation, navigation and exploration" said Hervé Derrey, President and CEO of 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 1.850 billion euros in 2020 and has around 7,700 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a plant in the US.



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