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May 23, 2015 10:59 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: 61
Chief Executive Officer of ETCA
Age: 52
Chief Executive Officer of Spain
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Thales Alenia Space France SAS Key Developments

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.

Thales Alenia Space Begins Construction of New Building in Cannes

Thales Alenia Space has begun the construction of a new building at its site in Cannes to be used for the integration and testing of optical observation instruments. This exceptional facility will join the company's current facilities for spaceborne optical observation programs, and will support the growth of export sales for high-resolution observation systems. The new optics building will offer 1,250 square meters of floorspace (13,500 sq ft) and measure 55 meters long by 40 meters wide by 16 meters high (180x131x52 ft). It is a modular building, with up to four integration areas that can handle four programs at the same time. It will also include 700 square meters of clean rooms (7,560 sq ft), including 250 square meters (2,700 sq ft) of Class 100 space for the optics bench. Construction started in mid-October with the foundations, and the building will be handed over to Thales Alenia Space in the summer of 2015.

Thales Alenia Space Announces Executive Changes

Thales Alenia Space has appointed Riadh Cammoun as vice president, or VP, public and regulatory affairs, replacing Julia Maris. Riadh Cammoun started his career as an R&D engineer with Cybernetix. In 1992, he was named head of robotic R&D projects at the French atomic and alternative energies commission, CEA. Riadh Cammoun was previously vice president of the Paris region competitiveness cluster Systematic, and is a former member of the boards of the Aeronautics and Space Research Foundation, the Airbus Group foundation and the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan). Prior to this latest appointment, he was Deputy Director of the cabinet of Genevieve Fioraso, French Minister of Higher Education and Research.

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