Thales Alenia Space has announced that the platform and payload of Eutelsat’s KONNECT communications satellite have successfully “mated”, making the satellite the first to use the new Spacebus Neo all-electric platform.
Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent), while the Space Neo product line is jointly supported by the European Space Agency, through the ARTES program for Advanced Research in Telecommunication Systems, and French Space Agency CNES.
“We’re pleased to announce that we have reached this key milestone on our new platform for its first commercial application, with our long-standing customer Eutelsat,” said Rémy Le Thuc, vice president for telecommunication projects at Thales Alenia Space.
“Our Spacebus Neo product line reflects the strong commitment of all industry and institutional teams involved in this program. More robust, more modular, more powerful, more innovative and more flexible, the Spacebus Neo platform is precisely tailored to user expectations in the fast-changing telecommunications market. As a result, Eutelsat’s KONNECT satellite will offer unprecedented operational flexibility.”
The Spacebus Neo platform features a "number of major innovations", including:
Thales Alenia Space is Europe's largest satellite manufacturer, with nearly 8,000 employees in nine countries.
The company draws on over 40 years of experience and a "unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures" to deliver cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures.
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