(11 April 2014) As “prime contractor”, Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales) has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the supply of engineering, operation and maintenance services, in the frame of Copernicus Space Component Data Access (CSCDA) of the European Copernicus Earth observation programme.
The CSCDA is the infrastructure that allows the coordinated data access to Earth observation products made available by various satellite missions. The system will be used to monitor the environment (land, sea, atmosphere, climate change).
The contract value is 7 million Euro for building up the new system and the first year of maintenance and operation, with optional extensions to provide in total 4 years of services, for a total amount of about 19 million Euro.
The activities will be managed by a consortium, led by Telespazio, which also includes Airbus Defence&Space, Intecs Spa and Werum gmbh.
The acquisition of this contract represents another success for Telespazio, which proves that it can compete successfully at the international level through technically advanced offerings and in a highly competitive market. Telespazio is today one of the leading suppliers of high-tech systems, applications and services to the European Space Agency.
Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbit satellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services to scientific programmes. Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes such as Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2012, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 562 million while employing approximately 2,500 people worldwide.