Thales Alenia Space
|Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO|
|2 billion € (2015)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Thales Group & Leonardo|
|Website||Thales Alenia Space|
Thales Alenia Space is a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer formed after the Thales Group bought the participation of Alcatel in the two joint-ventures between Alcatel and Leonardo, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio. The company is Europe's largest satellite manufacturer .
The creation of the company was concurrent with the creation of Telespazio Holding. This too was a merger of Finmeccanica and Alcatel businesses (Telespazio and Alcatel's Space Services and Operations respectively).
The company built the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules, which was used to transport cargo inside the Space Shuttle orbiters. They also built several modules for the International Space Station, those modules are: Cupola, Columbus, Harmony, Tranquility and Leonardo. They currently build also the pressurized vessels for the Automated Transfer Vehicle and Cygnus spacecraft.
In the mid-1990s, the United States stopped issuing export licenses for satellite components that will be launched on Chinese rockets, fearing that this would help China's military. In response, Thales Alenia developed a line of ITAR-free satellites that contained no restricted US components. From 2005 to 2012, ITAR-free satellites such as Apstar 6, Chinasat-6B, and Apstar 7 were launched on Chinese Long March rockets. However, the US Department of State did not accept the ITAR-free status of these satellites and fined the US company Aeroflex $8 million for selling ITAR components. In 2013, Thales Alenia discontinued its ITAR-free satellite line.
- Cannes, France, hosting also the headquarters in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center
- L'Aquila, Italy
- Colombes, France
- Florence, Italy
- Milan, Italy
- Rome (Saccomuro), Italy
- Rome (Tiburtina), Italy
- Turin, Italy
- Toulouse, France
- Charleroi, Belgium
- Madrid (Tres Cantos), Spain
- Stuttgart (Ditzingen), Germany
- Cupertino, United States
- Harwell, United Kingdom
- Bristol, United Kingdom
- Warsaw, Poland
- "Creation of the New Space Alliance between Thales and Finmeccanica" (Press release). Thales Alenia Space. April 10, 2007.
- "Alcatel and Finmeccanica finalize the creation of new joint ventures and announce nominations" (Press release). Alcatel. July 1, 2005. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012.
- "Alcatel pursues the transfer of its satellite activities and critical systems for security to Thales" (Press release). Alcatel. April 5, 2006. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012.
- "Alcatel-Lucent cleared by the EU to transfer its space assets to Thales" (Press release). Thales Alenia Space. April 10, 2007.
- Harvey, Brian (2013). China in Space: The Great Leap Forward. New York: Springer. pp. 160–162. ISBN 9781461450436.
- "China launches satellite despite restrictions". USA TODAY. July 6, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- Ferster, Warren (5 September 2013). "U.S. Satellite Component Maker Fined $8 Million for ITAR Violations". SpaceNews.