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Telespazio S.p.A.
Type Private joint venture
(Società per Azioni)
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1961
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Services Satellite services
Owner(s) Finmeccanica (67%)
Thales Group (33%)
Employees Approx. 2,500
Subsidiaries Telespazio VEGA

Telespazio S.p.A. is a multinational space services company headquartered in Rome, Italy and a joint venture between Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales Group (33%).

It operates in the United States through Telespazio North America. [1]


Telespazio was founded in 1961. The company became a Franco-Italian joint venture on 1 July 2005, through a merger between Telespazio and the space services division of Alcatel.[1] Creation of the joint venture was concurrent with the creation of Alcatel Alenia Space (now Thales Alenia Space), formed by the merger of two other Alcatel and Finmeccanica space businesses (Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio respectively).[2]

On 5 April 2006, Alcatel agreed to sell its share of Telespazio (and its 67% share of Alcatel Alenia Space) to Thales Group. [2]

In January 2011, Telespazio acquired the space activities of two Finmeccanica subsidiares, the Italy-based Elsag Datamat Space and the UK-based VEGA, for an undisclosed price.[3][4] VEGA was subsequently renamed Telespazio VEGA.

On 20 September 2011, a strike at the company led to a delay in the launch of Ariane 5.[3]

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  1. ^ McGraw-Hill (2006). "Telespazio". Aviation Week & Space Technology 164 (1-10): 315. 
  2. ^ International Astronautical Federation; United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; International Institute of Space Law (1992). Highlights in space 2005: Progress in space science, technology and applications, international cooperation and space law. United Nations. p. 32. ISBN 9789211009897. 
  3. ^ "Telespazio Acquires Vega, Elsag Datamat Space Businesses from Finmeccanica". Satellite Today. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Telespazio has acquired the space activities of two Finmeccanica Group companies: VEGA, based in the UK, and Elsag Datamat, based in Genoa.". Sat News. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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