Thales Alenia Space is the company born after Thales had bought the participation of Alcatel in the two joint-ventures between Alcatel and Finmeccanica, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio.
Alcatel Alenia Space
was established on 2005-06-01
by the merger of Alcatel Space
and Alenia Spazio
and was owned by Alcatel-Lucent
(67%) and Finmeccanica
(33%). The company was Europe's largest satellite
manufacturer. It built large scientific modules for the International Space Station
, notably the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules
The creation of the company was concurrent with the creation of Telespazio Holding. This too was a merger of Finmeccanica and Alcatel businesses (Telespazio and Alcatel's Space Services and Operations respectively).
On 2006-04-05 Alcatel agreed to sell its share of Alcatel Alenia Space (and its 33% share of Telespazio) to Thales Group.
The European Union agreed in this financial operation on April 10, 2007.
In 2007, had 7200 employees in 13 industrial sites located in five countries (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and USA):
- Cannes, France, hosting also the headquarter in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center
- L'Aquila, Italy
- Colombes, France
- Florence, Italy
- Milan, Italy
- Rome (Saccomuro), Italy
- Rome (Tiburtina), Italy
- Turin, Italy
- Toulouse, France
- Hoboken, Belgium
- Charleroi, Belgium
- Madrid(Tres Cantos), Spain
- Cupertino, California
Current CEO is Reynald Seznec since June 2008, replacing Pascale Sourisse.