Thales Alenia Space
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence & Security markets. Thanks to its 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales recorded sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Thales Alenia Space brings over 40 years of experience to the design, integration, testing and operation of innovative space systems for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ ‘Space Alliance’, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Thales Alenia Space has built up unrivalled expertise in dual (civil-military) missions, constellations, flexible high-throughput payloads, altimetry, meteorology, and high-resolution radar and optical observation. The company capitalises on its strong legacy, while also making innovation a key to its strategy. By offering a continuous stream of new products and expanding its global footprint, Thales Alenia Space has established its leadership in today’s fast-evolving space sector. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of about €2.4 billion in 2016 and has 7,980 employees in nine countries.
Thales group participates in the AMAZE project through three different entities: Thales Global Services, Thales Air Systems and Thales Alenia Space. The French group (aerospace, space, ground transportation, defence and security) acts as an end user of the additive manufacturing technologies. Thales has studied not less than four application cases with aluminium and titanium alloys within the AMAZE project, for both ground and satellites applications in collaboration with many other members of the project. The main tasks for Thales have been to specify requirements for new parts, new materials and new functions, to redesign some application cases with dedicated software and methodology, and to assess the benefits of the technology with an industrial point of view (design, performance, cost, impact, …), especially through an extended test campaign on both in-process samples and parts themselves.