Thales Alenia Space takes off for #IAC2022


The International Astronautical Congress will take place from September 18 to 22 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Thales Alenia Space will highlight its latest capabilities, particularly in the areas of lunar space exploration and environmental monitoring, including oceanography and meteorology.

The Moon for real!

Lunar gateway © Thales Alenia Space

Building on our unique experience aboard the ISS as a major supplier of habitable modules, including the iconic Cuopla, Thales Alenia Space will supply 3 pressurized modules dedicated to Lunar Gateway, a cislunar space station that will orbit the Moon. Lunar Gateway is part of NASA’s ARTEMIS program aimed at bringing astronauts back to the Moon in the coming years, both in orbit and on the ground. What was science fiction yesterday has become concrete reality. There will be a real lunar village, filled with solar panels, rovers, habitats and shelters on its surface. We don’t want to reveal the whole story. For this, our experts will tell you everything on site!

If you are a big fan of astronauts, you can join us for an absolute journey in space, testing an exceptional virtual reality demo. You will enter the interior of the future Lunar Gateway space station and react as if you were an astronaut evolving in real conditions!

Satellites for a better life on Earth

SWOT © Thales Alenia Space/Imag[IN]

Our company recently organized two press tours in a row, with our customers, to unveil 2 memorable satellites. The first is SWOT, which will revolutionize the fields of oceanography and continental hydrology. Scheduled for launch by the end of the year, the SWOT mission is dedicated to measuring surface water levels in lakes and rivers, river flows and determining ocean dynamics with a great precision.

MTGI-1 © Thales Alenia Space

Another satellite, built under the prime contractorship of Thales Alenia Space, is Meteosat Third Generation’s first imaging satellite, #MTGI-1. Equipped with a flexible combined imager, the satellite will provide a complete image of the Earth every 10 minutes, against 15 minutes currently, with a fast mode allowing to take pictures over Europe every 2.5 minutes. It will also carry an ultra-sophisticated instrument, the first of its kind in Europe, capable of detecting lightning. The MTG program will include six satellites, four imagers and two atmospheric sounders capable of providing 3D atmospheric mapping. This ambitious program will help improve weather forecasts in Europe and better anticipate the risks of natural disasters. #MTGI-1, the first imaging satellite should also be launched by the end of the year.

SWOT, MTG and Copernicus will be the 3 hot topics of the congress.

Benevolent eyes in the sky

Copernic © Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space has worked hand in hand with ESA and the entire European space industry since the start of the European Commission’s Copernicus program, in which it plays a key role on 11 out of 12 missions. to name a few, Thales Alenia Space is aboard five of the six next-generation Copernicus missions, leading three as prime contractors (CIMR, ROSE-L and CHIME) and providing the payloads for two more (CO2M and CRYSTAL). These new satellites aim to measure human-induced atmospheric CO2 emissions, monitor the thickness of sea ice and the snow that covers it, support new services optimized for sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, observe sea surface temperature and salinity and sea ice concentration; and strengthen land monitoring and emergency management services. Thales Alenia Space’s involvement in the Copernicus program illustrates its Space for Life vision to build a better and more sustainable life on Earth. This involvement both for a sustainable space and the safeguard of our planet will also be underlined on site during the event!

The “satellite dress”!

What is the link between space and fashion?

© Pierre Cardin

The key role of satellites in surveying the Earth and the impacts of climate change on its environment was honored a few months ago, during the presentation of the Bulles Cardin Prizes – named after the Palais Bulles or ” Palais Bulles” by the founder of the house Pierre Cardin — which each year distinguishes five works, personalities or actions aimed at promoting sustainable development. On this occasion, Maison Pierre Cardin and Thales Alenia Space underlined their common conviction on the need to focus attention on the climate emergency, in particular through satellite imagery.

Cygnus pressurized cargo module © Thales Alenia Space

As you may know, Thales Alenia Space has supplied Northrop Grumman with all pressurized cargo modules dedicated to Cygnus supply vessels. Twice a year, these spacecraft are used to deliver food, fuel, water, science experiments, repair materials, personal effects to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Cygnus freighters are equipped with thermal blankets that protect them from extreme temperatures in orbit. These spacecraft will certainly help ensure a continued presence of human life on board the International Space Station. Our company provided Maison Pierre Cardin with these particular covers used on Cygnus. The fashion designer brilliantly created a dress from this unexpected material. A space dress for real! And it will be visible on or stand. Isn’t it amazing?

Certain unexpected encounters, such as that between Pierre Cardin and Thales Alenia Space, open up new avenues for raising public awareness of the urgency of developing a profitable and virtuous ecology.

Much more to discover on the Thales Alenia Space stand. We will be at stand #F4 – Second floor! #spaceforlife


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