Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd

Thales Alenia Space is a joint subsidiary of Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), and a partner in the Space Alliance along with Telespazio. The company has 7,500 employees across 10 industrial facilities in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, and United Kingdom and posted total revenues of €2.1 billion in 2012. Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defence and security customers from around the world.  The satellites and payloads designed by Thales Alenia Space set the global standard for space systems that provide communications and navigation services, monitor our environment and the oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress. Thales Alenia Space is also a leading supplier to the International Space Station, and a pivotal player in space systems designed to explore the Universe.

The company is deeply involved in:

  • Environmental projects based on Earth observation such as the Kopernikus (formerly Global Monitoring for Environment and Safety GMES) program with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3, Meteorology such as MSG (Thales Alenia Space provided all the Meteosat satellites for Eumetsat) and MTG, the Third-Generation Meteosat satellites, Climatology as satellite prime contractor for SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) mission
  • Defence, as prime contractor for the French Syracuse (I, II and III) and the Italian (Sicral) telecommunication systems as well as for the Italian Earth Observation system COSMO-SkyMed
  • Navigation with Galileo and prime contractor of EGNOS – the precursor of Galileo
  • Science and Exploration, as prime contractor for the ExoMars mission – one of the most ambitious exploration missions in the near future, and for the GOCE satellite (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer)
  • Space Infrastructure and Transportation as provider more of 50% of the ISS pressurized volume


Primary Contact

Martin Townend

Phone Number

01179 375 192

Website Address

General Email Address


Thales Alenia Space UK, 660 Bristol Business Park, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1EJ