Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded the contract by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) for one of two military satellites for the COMSAT NG secure telecommunications programme, with Thales Alenia Space as lead contractor.
Eutelsat Communications unveiled the next step in its broadband strategy for Africa with the order from Thales Alenia Space of a new-generation high throughput satellite that will be the first to use the company's Spacebus Neo platform.
Thales Alenia Space signed a contract with French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) covering the design and development phase for the Poseidon-3C radar altimeter on the SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite, new altimetry program that will demonstrate new applications.
The SICRAL 2 military telecommunications satellite was successfully launched on April 26 with an Arianespace launch vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. SICRAL 2 is a joint program between the Ministry of Defense in Italy and Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) in France for the benefit of Italian and French armed forces, with stakes of 62 percent and 38 percent respectively. It is conducted by Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, the two companies in the Space Alliance created by Finmeccanica and Thales.