Thales Alenia Space to build two more Copernicus satellites

Thursday 11 February 2016 | 10:23 CET | News

Thales Alenia Space has announced a EUR 450 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build two more satellites for the Sentinel-3 mission, part of Europe's Copernicus programme. Sentinel-3 is based on a constellation of two satellites to systematically measure Earth’s oceans, land, ice and atmosphere to monitor and understand large-scale global dynamics. The first – Sentinel-3A – is set for launch next week, with Sentinel-3B planned for launch in 2017. The new contract initiates the development of Sentinel-3C and 3D, ensuring data continuity for Europe’s environment monitoring Copernicus programme until 2030.

Thales Alenia Space, Europe's largest satellite manufacturer, is a joint venture between the French Thales group (67 percent) and Italy’s Finmeccanica (33 percent).

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