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In the Spotlight

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Thales Alenia Space participated in the 8th European Space Policy conference, held in Brussels on January 12 and 13, 2016. Organized with the support of the European Commission, this conference brings together the major players in the space sector, including agencies, manufacturers, operators and decision-makers.

The satellite market is currently undergoing major changes. The satcom market in particular is seeing the emergence of new players offering innovative industrial arrangements and state-of-the-art technologies. The watchwords in today’s market are flexibility, standardization, miniaturization and modular design. User needs in the Earth observation and satellite navigation segments are also changing.

International competition is becoming fiercer than ever. In response, players are rethinking their business models, all the more so on the old continent, since European industry is much more exposed to the open market (private commercial and export markets) than its competitors.

The European Commission will submit its proposal for a European Union space strategy in 2016, emphasizing the measures to be deployed to maximize the space sector’s impact on economic growth and employment, through new downstream applications. This should also enable Europe to bolster its innovation policy, allowing its space industry to retain its leadership.

In the presence of Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, in the French Ministry of Education and Research, the European Space Policy conference allowed a number of members of European parliament and high-level authorities to reaffirm their support for Europe’s strong space sector, all for the ultimate benefit of Europe’s citizens, public policies and economy.

For Thales Alenia Space, this conference provided an excellent opportunity to spotlight its expertise in a wide range of space applications:
  • Military satellite communications (“milsatcom”, including Athena-Fidus, Sicral 2, Comsat NG, etc.).
  • Earth observation (maritime surveillance, environmental management, especially through a lead role in Europe’s Copernicus program, etc.).
  • Low-orbit telecom satellite constellations (Thales Alenia Space will build the next eight satellites in the O3b constellation).
  • Satellite navigation (EGNOS, Galileo).
  • Innovative projects such as the Stratobus airship, capable of addressing emerging local and regional requirements for surveillance, environmental management and humanitarian aid in case of natural disasters (more info on Stratobus).