Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Itsa...
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Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development of the ExoMars Mission Control System (MCS). The MCS will be used to monitor and control the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter satellite system orbiting Mars in 2016.

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Telespazio VEGA Deutschland wins ExoMars Mission Control System Development Contract

  1. 1. Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Itsactivities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbitsatellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services toscientific programmes. Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experienceacquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes suchas Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2012, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 562 million whileemploying approximately 2,500 people worldwide.Darmstadt, 16 May 2013Telespazio VEGA Deutschland wins ExoMars Mission Control System Development ContractTelespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), has been selected by theEuropean Space Agency (ESA) for the development of the ExoMars Mission Control System (MCS). TheMCS will be used to monitor and control the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter satellite system orbiting Mars in2016.ExoMars is an exciting Mars exploration mission made possible by a large international cooperation withRoscosmos including also contributions from NASA. ExoMars is designed to search for traces of past orpresent life by remote sensing of the Martian environment and analysis of soil and sub-soil samples with aRover. ExoMars will demonstrate new technologies that will help to pave the way for a future Mars samplereturn mission. The first phase of the mission involves a Mars Trace Gas Orbiter satellite to be launched in2016 that includes an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstration Module. In a second phase, a Mars Roverwill be launched building on the experience gained through these first steps.The Mission Control System, that will be developed by Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, is a critical element ofthe programme. Through the MCS, the Mission Operations Team will monitor and control the varying spacesegment systems throughout the satellites lifetime. The company has more than 30 years of experience inbuilding tailored ground segment systems for its clients – including Mission Control Systems – among otherthe recent MCS development for the Science Mission GAIA.The ExoMars Mission Control System benefits from the existing ESA Science Mission kernel, whichTelespazio VEGA Deutschland will extend and configure for this specific mission. New features will includethe monitoring and control of the ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstration module.ExoMars will be controlled from the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germanyand the Rover will be controlled from the Advanced Logistics Technology Engineering Centre (ALTEC) inTorino Italy.Telespazio VEGA Deutschland was created in 2012 from the merger of VEGA Space, established in 1978,and Telespazio Deutschland, founded in 1996. It combines the expertise and know-how acquired within thespace services sector by the two companies, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland’s objective is to strengthen theTelespazio Group’s presence in GermanyLuigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio, declared: “I am very pleased with this contract award for thedevelopment of the Mission Control System of ESA’s ExoMars programme, a contract that recognizesTelespazio’s core competencies at the international level. This success rewards the technological andprofessional excellence of Telespazio’s presence in Germany. It also confirms our strategy of developing thegroups role in the space services market in this country, with Telespazio VEGA Deutschland as well as withGAF".Sigmar Keller, CEO of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, was very pleased with the contract win: “As a fullservice provider of ground segments we can demonstrate through this new contract, our continued ability todeliver complex ground segment systems, ensuring quality and professionalism with our solutions”.
  2. 2. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is a prime contractor within the current Ground Data Systems Frame contractwith ESOC, which includes Mission Control Systems, Simulators, Mission Planning Systems and GroundSystem Infrastructure. The company has been involved with this contract and its predecessors for over 30years.For more info: Telespazio VEGA Deutschland – Phone +49 (0)6151 8257-764 marketing@telespazio-vega.de

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