Thales Alenia Space signs Memorandum Of Understanding with Brazilian Space Agency
Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the BRAZILIAN SPACE AGENCY concerning the transfer of space technologies to Brazil. This agreement complements a contract signed today by Thales Alenia Space with Visiona, a joint venture of Embraer and Telebras, to build the dual-use telecommunications satellite SGDC (Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite).
Today’s accords mark the first important step in an ambitious partnership between Thales Alenia Space, the BRAZILIAN SPACE AGENCY and the Brazilian space industry. Their collaboration will take shape in the coming months, based on the technology transfer plan proposed by Thales Alenia Space, which matches the expectations of the Brazilian entities involved. The transfers concern satellite telecommunications, observation and meteorology, as well as other areas. They will take place over a period of five years, in line with the Brazilian government’s planned space projects. This agreement will provide a solid basis for joint developments, as well as a long-term structural partnership.
“We would like to extend our warm thanks to the BRAZILIAN SPACE AGENCY for entrusting us with this mission,” said Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “Our people are already hard at work to support Brazil’s space development strategy, which will ensure the country’s independence and sovereignty in the medium term.”
About Thales Alenia Space
The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecommunications, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. With consolidated revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2012, Thales Alenia Space has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and United States.
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