Thales Ale­nia Space share Brazil con­tracts

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Thales Ale­nia Space has signed a con­tract with Vi­siona (a joint ven­ture be­tween Em­braer and Tel­e­bras) for the geo­sta­tion­ary de­fence and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite (SGDC) pro­gramme. This con­tract is a key to space de­vel­op­ment plans by the Brazil­ian Space Agency, and to meet­ing the Min­istry of De­fense’s strate­gic re­quire­ments. It sat­is­fies two pri­mary ob­jec­tives for the coun­try: the de­ploy­ment of a se­cure satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem for the Brazil­ian Gov­ern­ment and armed forces; and the de­ploy­ment of the Na­tional broad­band plan (PNBL), co­or­di­nated by the op­er­a­tor Tel­e­bras, to re­duce the dig­i­tal di­vide in the coun­try. The SGDC pro­gramme is an in­te­gral part of Brazil’s strat­egy to re­in­force its in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty.

Based on the Space­bus 4000 plat­form, the SGDC satel­lite will carry two pay­loads, one with 50 Ka-band transpon­ders of­fer­ing through­put of up to 80 Gbps, and the other with seven X-band transpon­ders. The satel­lite will weigh about 5.8 tonnes at liftoff, and will of­fer more than 11 kW of power. De­liv­ered on the ground in 31 months, it will be po­si­tioned in or­bit at 75 de­grees West.

The con­tract also in­cludes a com­plete ground seg­ment for satel­lite and mis­sion con­trol, along with or­bital po­si­tion­ing, ac­cep­tance test­ing in or­bit and op­er­a­tional sup­port, pre­ceded by a com­plete train­ing pro­gramme for Brazil­ian op­er­a­tors. Fur­ther­more, on re­quest from the cus­tomer, Brazil­ian engi­neers will join the project team and take an ac­tive role at Thales Ale­nia Space’s plants in Toulouse and Cannes.

“This con­tract is very im­por­tant for our com­pany,” said Jean Loïc Galle, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Thales Ale­nia Space. “Our peo­ple are now mo­bilised to make sure we meet all our com­mit­ments, and to en­sure the smooth in­te­gra­tion of Brazil­ian com­pa­nies in this ma­jor project. I would also like to thank French and Ital­ian Gov­ern­ment agen­cies for their sup­port in suc­cess­fully con­clud­ing this new in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The Euro­pean leader in satel­lite sys­tems and a ma­jor player in or­bital in­fra­struc­tures, Thales Ale­nia Space is a joint ven­ture be­tween Thales (67 per cent) and Fin­mec­ca­nica (33 per cent). Thales Ale­nia Space and Te­lespazio em­body the two groups’ “Space Al­liance”. With con­sol­i­dated rev­enues of 2.1 bil­lion eu­ros in 2012, Thales Ale­nia Space has 7,500 em­ploy­ees in France, Italy, Spain, Ger­many, Bel­gium and the United States.

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