[SatNews] They also noted a general improvement in the quality management system, compared with the previous renewal audit in 2010.
These facilities underwent audits by five different auditors from October to November 2013. The auditors checked that Thales Alenia Space's policy was in compliance with its quality, health, safety and environmental objectives. They also noted a general improvement in the quality management system, compared with the previous renewal audit in 2010.
"Thales Alenia Space has long applied a very effective quality management system, with a complete array of best practices, applied all the way from senior management level to the many operational details characteristic of each of our business lines," explains Jean-Marc Payssé, director of the quality management system at Thales Alenia Space. "This accreditation by recognized organizations validates our company's maturity in a number of areas, including the space segment, satellites and the ground segment, recently certified for environmental factors, as well as components and subassemblies."
*AFNOR: the leading certification organization in France.
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67 percent) and Finmeccanica (33 percent), is a European player in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures. Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio form the two parent companies' “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Because of its unrivaled expertise in dual (civil/military) missions, constellations, flexible payloads, altimetry, meteorology and high-resolution optical and radar instruments, Thales Alenia Space is the natural partner to countries that want to expand their space program. The company posted consolidated revenues in excess of 2 billion euros in 2013, and has 7,500 employees in six countries.