Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Belgium during Business Discovery Day on Sunday, October 1st. Held at the company’s Charleroi plant, the celebration will be attended by local elected officials, employees and their families, business partners and stakeholders in the local economy. The company is solidly anchored in Charleroi, home to its Belgian headquarters.
Over the last 60 years, the company has contributed to most European space programs and to a large number of satellites from around the world. Thales Alenia Space in Belgium is the country’s largest space company and a world leader in electrical power supplies for satellites. More than 170 satellites now in orbit use equipment from Thales Alenia Space in Belgium.
The company has contributed to European launch vehicles since the 1970s, from Ariane 1 to Ariane 5, along with Vega and Soyuz launches from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. In addition, Thales Alenia Space in Belgium supplies power and control electronics for Ariane 6’s nozzle control and range safety systems.
“With this 60th anniversary celebration in Belgium, we’re honoring not only our longstanding heritage, but also the future we’re building along with our employees and local partners to spur major technological advances across the satellite industry,” said Emmanuel Terrasse, Vice President, European Countries & Equipment at Thales Alenia Space.