Thales Alenia Space creates a new digital center of excellence: focus on innovation and big data
There joint venture between Thales, which owns 67% e Leonardo, Italian leader active in defense, aerospace and security, owner of 33%, has announced the opening of a digital center of excellence in Luxembourg. The goal is to expand in Europe, giving an incentive to the local area: the initiative was supported by the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy and the Country’s Space Agency.
The new project of Thales Alenia Space in Luxembourg it will focus on development of highly innovative digital solutions for spatial communication, observation and navigation. It will leverage big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity technologies to address the complex challenges of end-to-end satellite systems, while promoting an excellent user experience. One of the centre’s first tasks will be to contribute to the development of its Space Inspire product line, characterized by the in-orbit reconfigurability of space communication missions, as part of the Novacom II project (part of ESA’s Advanced Research Program in Telecommunications Systems – Artes).
The new center will also work on digital twins, digital solutions for the best access and use of data for Earth observation, data enhancement engines and much more. The center is designed and organized in line with the model, the work environment and the practices already tested in the Thales Digital Factory, dedicated to accelerating the digitalization of Thales and its customers. It will employ experts in digital technologies who will work in agile mode, using design thinking and the lean startup approach to develop innovative software, in coordination with future users.
“The digital center of excellence in Luxembourg is a step forward in Thales Alenia Space’s digital transformation strategy, accelerating the change in the space business towards digital solutions and promoting digital innovation and partnerships across all space domains, telecommunications, observation, navigation and exploration, ”he said Hervé Derrey, president and CEO of Thales Alenia Space.