Thales Alenia Space releases fully digital satellite to address fast moving market needs

Paris, September 10, 2019 – Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %),  is proud to launch its new Space Inspire satellite product line (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) which allows  seamless mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand, transition from video broadcasting to broadband connectivity services while maximizing the efficiency & effective use of the satellite resources.

“Space Inspire is a game changer in the rapidly changing space markets, creating profound mutations in telecommunications. Our customers increasingly face the need to develop advanced services and seize new business opportunities, as they appear, while enhancing their business efficiency. Through Thales Alenia Space new product line, total mission digitalization and full flexibility enable satellite operators to allocate capacity anywhere, at any time, whatever the waveform”, said Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

Over the past several years, Thales Alenia Space has invested in digitization of its offer, leading to new skills, new products and strategic partnerships to anticipate this transformation.

These efforts, supported by CNES (French space agency) and ESA (European Space Agency), are bearing fruits for communication satellites and in particular allowed Thales Alenia Space to match the connectivity needs by leading the VHTS (Very High Throughput)* market and to be the first worldwide company to offer a fully digital payload processing up to a terabit class.

Transforming a Direct to Home TV satellite into a High Throughput connectivity satellite and changing its coverage in quasi real time was unconceivable a few years ago. Thales Alenia Space has designed its newest Space Inspire Satellite product line in order to meet this challenge at unprecedented price point. This new, software defined, smaller mid- sized satellite solution, joins SpacebusTM NEO satellite line  to enrich the Thales Alenia Space’ portfolio.

Extremely high capacity, unique agility, in-orbit reconfiguration, flexible coverage, proven serial production, is becoming a reality thanks to Thales Alenia Space innovative solutions.


* KONNECT VHTS, SES-17, PSN Satria contracts

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About Thales Alenia Space

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures.

Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond.

Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services.

Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about 2.5 billion euros in 2018 and has around 8,000 employees in nine countries.


Thales Alenia Space – Press Contacts:

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