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September 01, 2015 4:27 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Thales Alenia Space France SAS

Company Overview

Thales Alenia Space France SAS develops, manufactures, and delivers space systems for the commercial and government customers from around the world, spanning the space, defense, science, and security markets. Its remote sensing systems include satellites, platforms, and payloads for civilian, defense, and dual use applications. The company provides telecommunications, earth observation, military, navigation and science, weather, and defense and security observation satellites; orbital infrastructures; instruments, such as altimeters for measuring the change in the oceans’ level and the thickness of the ice caps; earth observation high resolution optical and radar systems; and space borne mic...

26 avenue J.F. Champollion

B.P. 33787

Cedex 1

Toulouse,  31037


Founded in 2002


33 5 34 35 36 37


33 5 61 44 49 90

Key Executives for Thales Alenia Space France SAS

Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President of Operations
Age: 62
Chief Executive Officer of ETCA
Age: 53
Chief Executive Officer of Spain
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Thales Alenia Space France SAS Key Developments

Thales Alenia Space Wins Altimeter Contract for Sentinel 6

Thales Alenia Space has signed the first part of a contract with Airbus Defense and Space to supply Poseidon 4 space borne radar altimeters for the Jason CS/Sentinel 6A and Jason CS/Sentinel 6B satellites. The Poseidon 4 altimeter introduces a new, 'interleaved' Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating mode for higher performance than the previous generation. The altimeter will also feature a new architecture, improving the role of the digital functions to support higher stability of the performances and eventually reduce development costs. The sensor will simultaneously supply low spatial resolution data to ensure continuity with previous Jason missions, and high-resolution data. Radar altimeters measure the height of the ocean surface, along with measurements of ocean dynamics and currents, wave height and wind strength at the surface. More recently they have also taken measurements of river and lake height. All of this data is used for meteorological and oceanographic research.

Thales Alenia Space Opens Subsidiary in Poland, Expands Presence in Europe

Thales Alenia Space has expanded its presence in Europe by creating a new subsidiary in Poland, Thales Alenia Space Polska. Based in Warsaw, company plans to strengthen cooperation with the newly opened Polish Space Agency, local research centers and industry to support Poland in the construction of its own space program and the development of satellite technologies and Earth observation systems. Thales Alenia Space's decision to expand to Poland was due to the country's recent membership in the European Space Agency, which is paying special attention to support its development in this sector. Poland has announced an ambitious space policy, especially for defense and Earth observation applications, an area where Thales Alenia Space offers extensive expertise.

Thales Alenia Space Announces Launch of Four O3b Satellites

Thales Alenia Space has launched the third batch of four satellites in the O3b medium Earth orbit constellation by Arianespace for operator O3b Networks, using a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. The first four satellites have been in orbit since June 2013, while the second batch, launched on July 10, 2014. The constellation of 8 became fully operational in September. The services offered by these eight satellites are highly successful confirming the validity of the O3b design based on high-throughput and low latency. Positioned at an altitude of 8,062 kilometers (about 5,000 miles), four times closer to the earth than geostationary satellites, these Ka-band satellites offer high speed, low-latency connectivity to Internet and telecommunications service providers in emerging markets. O3b Networks supplies trunking and mobile backhaul connectivity services to telecom operators and service providers at speeds comparable to those offered by fiber-optic networks.

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