Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, announced today that it has signed an amendment to the original contract for the COSMO-SkyMed SG program with Italian space agency ASI.
Thales Alenia Space Italy will receive EUR66 million of the total, while Telespazio will receive EUR11 million .
Thales Alenia Space Italy is responsible for the overall program, including construction of the two satellites, while Telespazio is responsible for designing and developing the ground segment and providing the integrated logistics and operations services.
Leonardo also contributes to the program by supplying attitude sensors and state of the art equipment that will process and distribute electric power throughout the satellites.
The launch of the first satellite is planned in 2018, with the second following a year later.
It is designed as a “dual use” system, to meet the requirements of scientific, commercial and government customers.