Companies Create World-Class Small Satellite Production Company to Build BlackSky Constellation

The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), have signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries, the companies said.

The partnership involves: A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; The creation of an industrial Joint Venture in the United States between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries specialized in the production of small satellites; and Implementation of a Joint Cooperation and Marketing Agreement between Telespazio and BlackSky enhancing their respective product and analytics portfolios on the market.

The agreement will be finalized pending all required regulatory authorizations.

Combining 40 years of experience and a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, Thales Alenia Space architects design and deliver high technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures.

Telespazio, a Leonardo and Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world´s 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 localization services to scientific programs.

Dedicated to improving our planet and society from the high vantage point of space, Spaceflight Industries´ distinct approach removes the complexities and high cost that once prohibited the majority of organizations from getting to space and observing our planet. Visit www.spaceflightindustries.com for more information.