Thales Alenia Space (TAS) is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). The world leader in telecommunication constellations, including Iridium and O3B, navigation, TAS can count the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency as one of its major clients and is one of the key organisations in Galileo. A European leader in Earth observation, TAS has a major role in all generations of the Meteosat Programme. Being at the forefront of planetary and space exploration TAS is prime on the ExoMars 2018 mission with TAS UK providing the Reaction control System. TAS is an integral player in the construction of orbital infrastructures, contributing to half the pressurised volume of the ISS.
In 2014 TAS created a new subsidiary, Thales Alenia Space UK (TAS-UK) which, in addition to its propulsion activities co-located with its manufacturing partner Thales UK in Belfast, opened a new office in Harwell and acquired the space activities of Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA). The acquisition of SEA reinforced its growth in systems engineering and research and technology. In 2014, building up from 10 people, it now employs almost 150 people. TAS-UK has a long heritage and expertise in electronics, mission subsystems, and propulsion subsystems, with a considerable client base including ESA and national Space Agencies across Europe and beyond. TAS-UK is keen to support the UK government’s aims in growing its national space capabilities and global market share of the industry.
TAS UK is a member of a major European Large Scale Integrator, and as such has access to many European AIV facilities. It is watching developments of AIV facilities at the Harwell site with great interest.