Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space is introducing its journey into space with an immersive space digital experience at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 from 16 to 22 July.
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, provides space-based solutions to meet many of the world’s growing needs for real-time connectivity, localisation, observation, as well as developing instruments for scientific research to help better protect the planet or explore the universe.
Thales Alenia Space seeks to continuously innovate to develop new ways to understand how space can help provide a more sustainable life on earth. BlackSky, a new digital platform for access to space data providing new geospatial monitoring services, will be showcased on the Thales Alenia Space stand in the Space Zone at the show.
The manufacturer in the UK makes a major contribution to the Spacebus NEO telecommunications satellite platform as the Propulsion Centre of Competence for the whole of Thales Alenia Space. With engineering design teams in Harwell and a state-of-the-art 550m² room facility in Belfast, it demonstrates the world-class industrial capabilities of Thales, where the satellite modules are built before they are shipped to the integration facilities in Cannes, says the company.
The company also contributes to a variety of ESA programs in the UK, including the ExoMars Rover and the Broadband Radiometer, a spaceborne instrument developed as part of ESA’s ‘EarthCARE’ programme to help scientists better understand climate change.
In 2017, the UK Space Agency selected Thales Alenia Space in the UK for the assembly, integration and test for MicroCarb; a joint UK-French satellite mission scheduled for launch in 2020, to monitor source and sinks of carbon and in 2018, the company was awarded to be responsible of the assembly integration and test, and avionics test in the UK for PLATO, an ESA science programme for a mission planned in 2026.