Thales Alenia Space Selected by the European Commission to Lead EROSS IOD On-Orbit Servicing Program

Thales Alenia Space Selected by the European Commission to Lead EROSS IOD On-Orbit Servicing Program

Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), and its Partners have been chosen by the European Commission to lead EROSS IOD, a programme dedicated to On-Orbit Servicing.

EROSS IOD (European Robotic Orbital Support Services In Orbit Demonstrator) will validate the technologies needed for robotic in-space servicing operations, culminating in an European pioneering mission by 2026. This mission will demonstrate satellite rendezvous, capture, docking, refuelling and payload exchange capabilities to drive major advances in space robotics for future on-orbit robotic missions.

With the growing number of satellites circling the Earth and the easier access to space to answer the needs of the global population, from geolocation to connectivity, through weather forecasts and environment monitoring, Thales Alenia Space is devising smart On-Orbit Servicing missions to directly manage satellites while they are operating in space. The goal is to extend satellite lifetimes while also limiting space debris to enable better management of the current and future space assets. On-Orbit Servicing vehicles represent a real paradigm shift since future space systems will be able to undergo maintenance and upgrades even in orbit. By introducing unrivalled system scalability and flexibility, they will be a real game changer. Satellites as we know can therefore be designed in a completely new way.

Thales Alenia Space is a European leader in On-Orbit Servicing, a new approach to space exploration based on smarter and more innovative missions that contribute to a more sustainable space as reflected in Thales Alenia Space’s “Space for Life” vision.

This EROSS IOD program is under Grant Agreement Preparation and is expected to start in January 2023.

Click here to learn more about The EROSS IOD programme.

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