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TAS and Onera sign cooperation agreement

In the sector of space activities

Thales Alenia Space (TAS), the joint-company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), a major player in the satellite, space exploration and orbital infrastructure market, and ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales), the French national aerospace research center, have signed an agreement to cooperate on space activities.

Both have already teamed up on a number of innovative space projects for several years, including Earth observation optics and Stratobus, a program to develop a HAPS (High Altitude Platform System) type airship. The contract signed yesterday is designed to strengthen and structure the joint activities between Thales Alenia Space and ONERA so the two partners can carry out advanced research on subjects of common interest.

TAS and the center have already identified new topics entailing potential disruptive advances, in areas including telecommunications, optical imaging and understanding the space environment. The joint teams working on these subjects will be able to focus on identifying and developing innovative, high-value-added solutions for government and export markets, spanning both civilian and defense applications.

The industry and the research center have set up a management committee to oversee this new initiative, tasked with developing the collaboration strategy, and an executive committee, which will oversee developments in each of the targeted subjects.

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