Thales Alenia Space España is awarded contracts for European Earth ObservationJune 14, 2011 at 10:03 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: Space Newsfeed
(7 June 2011) Thales Alenia Space España has been awarded important contracts summing up to a value of more than 7.5 million Euros.
These contracts are for the MUSIS program for Earth observation. The company will be entrusted with the design, development, manufacturing, qualification, supply of electronics for the focal plane of the optical instrument (FPPB), and the service module (MSI) for the two first high optical resolution CSO satellites of the European MUSIS program, while having the option of a third one.
The Multinational Space-Based Imaging System (MUSIS) is a multinational program carried out by various European countries. The objective is to construct a common space infrastructure by combining national and/or bilateral programs, allowing the collaboration of these nations and providing them with the next-generation of European satellite intelligence systems, substituting their current national platforms. Through this, the contributing countries will reinforce their capacities and autonomy in the issue of surveillance, observation and reconnaissance. [Full story]