Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defense and security customers from around the world.
The satellites and payloads designed by Thales Alenia Space set the global standard for space systems that provide communications and navigation services, monitor our environment and the oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress.
Thales Alenia Space is a joint subsidiary of Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), and a partner in the Space Alliance along with Telespazio.
The Company has 7,500 employees,
with 12 industrial sites in 7 countries
(France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, England and Poland).
Within Thales Alenia Space Italy,the Domain Exploration and Science operates on scientific satellites, orbital infrastructures and space transportation for all the system aspects. In particular, the solar array specification and relevant procurement activities are performed within this area by the Electrical System & EMC group that take care also the electrical production, distribution and control.
Role in the project
Thales Alenia Space Italy main expertise that will be brought to the project concerns the definition of the performance targets, the test flow definition and the possible exploitation of the project. In the early phase of the project, the activity will encompass the tailoring of the ESA ECSS standard rules to be followed in order to qualify solar cells for space applications. The test flow definition is aimed to allow the achievement of TRL4 and to identify possible show stopper towards TRL5. In the frame of this activity (carried out in WP6), Thales Alenia Space Italy will define the test requirements and, once the tests have been performed, will evaluate the results and support the preparation of the test reports. In the late phase of the project, Thales Alenia Space Italy will evaluate the possibility to propose the final product for In-Orbit-Demonstration (IOD)/In-Orbit-Verification(IOV).
dr. Federico Massobrio