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2010-08-10 22:26:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SEAKR Engineering, Inc., a privately held company, today announced that Thales Alenia Space (TAS), the Iridium NEXT prime contractor, has awarded the communication processor for the Iridium NEXT constellation to SEAKR Engineering. The Iridium NEXT constellation will ultimately replace the existing Iridium constellation providing enhanced mobile satellite communication services worldwide, with the first Iridium NEXT satellite launches scheduled for...

2010-06-09 08:15:00

PARIS, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, announced today that it has selected Thales Alenia Space to build a 40-transponder Ku-band satellite enabling a 50% increase in capacity operated at its 21.5degrees East location in geostationary orbit. Scheduled for launch in third quarter 2012, the satellite will replace Eutelsat's W6 craft at a core neighbourhood anchored for data, professional...

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2010-06-02 10:50:00

Iridium, a mobile satellite services provider, has ordered 81 spacecraft to help grow its global network. Thales Alenia Space of France (TAS) will build the satellites.  The operational constellation will require 66 satellites, and the remaining 15 will be used as spares. The order makes the Iridium Next venture the largest commercial space project ever. The French export credit guarantee organization Coface will finance most of the $2.9 billion project. "We are very pleased with the...

2010-06-02 00:33:00

MCLEAN, Va., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) today announced its comprehensive plan for funding, building and deploying its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Specifically, the Company announced the execution of a fixed price contract with Thales Alenia Space, a joint company between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), for the design and construction of satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation. In addition, the...

2010-03-31 06:18:40

NASA has awarded contracts to eight aerospace firms for Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III spacecraft and related services. Each contractor has one or more core spacecraft offerings available under its Rapid III contract. All fixed price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Rapid III contracts have a combined potential maximum value of $4 billion. The contractors selected for award of Rapid III contracts are: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp in Boulder, Colo., General Dynamics...

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2010-03-19 08:56:01

The tendering process that will result in the supply of Europe's next series of meteorological satellites, Meteosat Third Generation, has reached an advanced stage as ESA invites Thales Alenia Space to enter formal contract negotiations. These negotiations follow rigorous evaluation of the proposals to build the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites "“ with the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) meeting three times since October to review the offers. Two consortia responded to the...

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2010-02-08 09:40:00

Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched at 4:14 a.m. EST today and is heading for the International Space Station carrying two sophisticated European modules: Node-3 (Tranquility) and Cupola. Their installation will mark the completion of the non-Russian part of the ISS, with more than a third of the pressurized Station elements designed and built in Europe. Node-3 is part of the Columbus laboratory launch barter agreement with NASA, whereby ESA supplies two of the connecting nodes (Nodes-2...

2009-11-09 14:00:00

Nearly 100 members of the military and their families attended concert and charitable donation presentation WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday night, Finmeccanica North America hosted wounded warriors from National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir in a celebration to honor their courage and patriotism on and off the battlefield. This tribute event at the Embassy of Italy, called "Italian Belcanto in America,"...

2009-10-31 08:58:48

The European Space Agency, or ESA, will transfer ownership of the Tranquility node to NASA on Thursday, Nov. 19. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host a commemorative ceremony at 3 p.m. EST. Tranquility is a pressurized module that will provide room for many of the station's life support systems. Attached to the node is a cupola, a unique work station with windows on its six sides and top. The module will be delivered to the station during space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission,...

2009-10-26 06:03:00

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Thales Alenia Space have agreed to work jointly on the next-generation satellite constellation Iridium NEXT program. Ball Aerospace's possible roles and responsibilities would be assembly, integration and test (AI&T) for the Iridium satellites. Under the current agreement, Ball Aerospace will apply its payload accommodation experience and product-line approach, leveraging decades of...


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