Thales Alenia Space takes off at #IAC2022

The International Astronautical Congress will be held from 18 to 22 September at the Convention Center in Paris. Thales Alenia Space will highlight its latest capabilities, particularly in the areas of lunar space exploration and environmental observation, including oceanography and meteorology.

The moon is real!

Moon Gate © Thales Alenia Space

Leveraging our unique experience aboard the International Space Station as a major provider of habitable modules including the iconic Cuopla, Thales Alenia Space 3 will provide custom compact modules for the Lunar Gateway, a lunar orbit space station. Moon Gate is part of NASA’s ARTEMIS program that aims to return astronauts to the Moon in the coming years, in orbit but also on Earth. What was science fiction yesterday has become reality. There will be a real lunar village, full of solar panels, rovers, habitats and shelters on its roof. We don’t want to reveal the whole story. Therefore, our experts will tell you everything right away!

If you are a big fan of astronauts, you can join us on an absolute journey into space, and experience an amazing virtual reality demo. You will enter the futuristic Lunar Gateway space station and interact as if you were an astronaut working in real conditions!

Satellites for a better life on Earth

SWOT © Thales Alenia Space / Imag[IN]

Our company recently hosted two consecutive press tours, together with our clients, in order to unveil two unforgettable satellites. The first grip is SWOT, which will revolutionize the fields of oceanography and continental hydrology. Scheduled to be launched by the end of the year, a SWOT mission is dedicated to measuring surface water levels in lakes and rivers and river flows and determining ocean dynamics with high accuracy.

MTGI-1 © Thales Alenia Space

Another satellite, built under the Thales Alenia Space main contract is Meteosat’s first third-generation imaging satellite, #MTGI-1. Equipped with a flexible imager, the satellite will provide a complete image of Earth every 10 minutes, compared to the current 15 minutes, with a fast mode allowing images to be taken over Europe every 2.5 minutes. It will also carry a state-of-the-art instrument, the first of its kind in Europe, capable of detecting lightning. The MTG program will include six satellites, four imaging satellites and two atmospheric probes capable of providing 3D maps of the atmosphere. This ambitious program will contribute to improving weather forecasting in Europe and better forecasting the risks of natural disasters. #MTGI-1, the first imaging satellite is also scheduled to be launched by the end of the year.

SWOT, MTG, and Copernicus 3 will be hot topics during the conference.

Good eyes in the sky

Copernicus © Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space has been working alongside the European Space Agency and the entire European space industry since the start of the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, in which it plays a key role in 11 out of 12 missions. To name a few, Thales Alenia Space is on board five of the six new generation Copernicus missions, leading three as prime contractors (CIMR, ROSE-L and CHIME), and supplying two other payloads (CO2M and CRISTAL). These new satellites are geared toward measuring human-caused atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, monitoring sea ice thickness and snow cover, supporting new optimal services for sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, monitoring sea surface temperature and salinity as well as sea ice concentration, and enhancing land monitoring services. and emergency management. Thales Alenia Space’s participation in the Copernicus Program illustrates its vision of Space for Life to build a better and more sustainable life on Earth. This participation for sustainable space and the protection of our planet will also be emphasized immediately during the event!

Satellite dress!

What is the link between space and fashion?

© Pierre Cardin

The main role of satellites in surveying the Earth and the effects of climate change on its environment was in the spotlight a few months ago, during the Prix Bulles Cardin Awards – named for the Palais Bulles or “Bubble Palace” owned by fashion house founder Pierre Cardin – which each year marks five or more works. Persons or actions that seek to promote sustainable development. On this occasion, the House of Pierre Cardin and Thales Alenia Space emphasized their shared belief in the need to focus attention on the climate emergency, particularly through satellite imagery.

Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Unit © Thales Alenia Space

As you know, Thales Alenia Space has supplied Northrop Grumman with all pressurized cargo units intended for Cygnus resupply ships. Twice a year, these spacecraft are used to deliver food, fuel, water, science experiments, repair equipment, and personal belongings to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Cygnus cargo ships are equipped with thermal blankets that protect them from the extremes of orbital temperatures. These spacecraft will certainly contribute to ensuring the continued existence of human life on board the International Space Station. Our company supplied the House of Pierre Cardin with these particular blankets used in Cygnus. The fashion designer ingeniously created a dress using this unexpected material. Real space dress! It will be visible on the kiosk. Isn’t it amazing?

Some unexpected encounters, such as the one between Pierre Cardin and Thales Alenia Space, open up new ways to raise public awareness of the urgent need to develop a profitable and virtuous ecological environment.

There is a lot to discover on the Thales Alenia satellite platform. We’ll be at booth F4 – 2nd floor! #life_space