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March 2nd, 2011

Thales Alenia Space... Subsidiary Play

[SatNews] Applying highly competent resources to a new endeavor can be challenging within the European space market segment, but also very rewarding if successfully instituted.

With such a goal in mind, Thales Alenia Space has created its separately owned German subsidiary, Thales Alenia Space Deutschland GmbH, located in the Stuttgart area. This strategic move reflects the importance for Thales Alenia Space to play a growing role in Germany, a country committed to strongly supporting European institutional and national R&D space programs. The new company will be led by Sven Carstensen, previously in charge of the Thales Air Systems entity within Thales Deutschland and staffed by a team of engineers transferred from within Thales Deutschland’s existing ranks. Thales Alenia Space Deutschland will first integrate activities focused on EGNOS and Galileo ground systems for navigation activities and, then, gradually expand its portfolio of activities to additional space business domains. The opening of Thales Alenia Space Deutschland GmbH will enable to strengthen current relationships with our German customers and partners, such as DLR, ESA, OHB-System, and Astrium GmbH, and be present in a country with a considerable growth potential.