[SatNews] The World Teleport Association (WTA) has welcomed Telespazio S.p.A. as an Industry Patron Member—the support of Industry Patrons, such as Telespazio S.p.A., makes possible WTA’s research, publishing and cooperative development programs.
”It is an honor to welcome Telespazio S.p.A. to World Teleport Association as an Industry Patron Member,” said Membership Director, Randall Barney. "Patron Members are instrumental in their support of WTA's various research reports, which are beneficial to the entire WTA membership and the industry as a whole.”
Telespazio, a joint venture between Finmeccanica (67 percent) and Thales (33 percent), is one of the world’s leading players in satellite services. The company, headquartered in Rome, Italy, employs approximately 2,500 people. Telespazio is a leading company in sectors that are becoming increasingly important for public institutions, business operators and consumers, with activities ranging from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services and in orbit satellite control; from Earth observation services, integrated communication, satellite navigation and localization, to scientific programs. For satellite telecommunication, in particular, Telespazio long track record allows to offer secure, reliable and globally available solutions in fields like Oil&Gas, Transport, Navigation, Civil protection, Military satellite communication, Trunking and backhauling. Telespazio is also the Italian leader and a major European player in radio and television broadcasting.
Telespazio relies on a domestic and international network of space centers and teleports, the most important being the Fucino in the Abruzzo region (Italy). The Fucino Space Centre was established in the early sixties for managing the first satellite telecommunications experiments between Europe and the United States. The Center's activities focus on satellite in-orbit control, telecommunications services, television, and multimedia services. Fucino hosts the Control Center of the COSMO-SkyMed Italian constellation for Earth observation, as well as one of the two Mission Control Centers of the Galileo European satellite navigation system.