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Thales Alenia Space to supply thermomechanical systems for Orion European Service Module

(26 May 2020 - Thales) Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for US space capsule Orion service module, to develop and produce the thermomechanical systems for the third model of the European Service Module (ESM) on the Orion spacecraft.

Orion is NASA's human transportation vehicle for deep space exploration. The Orion service module will be developed under ESA contract and will provide structure, propulsion, power supply, thermal control and main life support capabilities for the American spacecraft.

The ESM3 contract signed by Thales Alenia Space is worth approximately 75 million euros. Thales Alenia Space, as contractor of Airbus Defence and Space, will develop and supply critical service module systems for the third flight unit, including structure & micrometeoroid protection, thermal control and consumable storage and distribution.

“This contract confirms the Thales Alenia Space unrivaled know how in exploration infrastructure and transport," said Walter Cugno, Vice President Exploration and Science Domain at Thales Alenia Space. "It also reflects our company's long-standing expertise in human spaceflight. The future of inhabited space exploration depends on the robustness of the technologies, the safety and the comfort of the astronauts, Thales Alenia Space solutions are combining these three parameters.”

About Thales Alenia Space

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime, anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues of approximately 2.15 billion euros in 2019 and has around 7,700 employees in nine countries.