Finmeccanica wins new orders worth around EUR 112 million
through its subsidiary Telespazio
Telespazio, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded new
contracts with a total value of about EUR 112 million in
the first few weeks of 2012.
In particular, the company's subsidiary Telespazio
France has signed five contracts worth totally EUR 86
million to supply space operations services for a further
five years to the French space agency CNES and Arianespace
at the Kourou Space Centre (French Guiana). Telespazio
France will provide operational services for planning,
telemetry, trajectory control and telecommunications during
space launches from the Kourou base. Telespazio
France has also won a contract worth EUR 4 million from the
European Space Agency (ESA) for the operational management
of the DIANE tracking and telemetry station in French
As part of the European GMES programme, the company's
subsidiary e-GEOS (80% Telespazio, 20% Italian Space
Agency) has been awarded two contracts put out to tender by
the European Commission worth a maximum of EUR 9.6 million.
e-GEOS, which operates in the Earth observation services
sector, will provide the authorities and European and
national civil protection bodies with geospatial
information and satellite maps of areas affected by
emergencies, thereby supporting the management and
organisation of the response to disasters.
From the European Space Agency (ESA) Telespazio has
acquired a contract to provide the centralised logistics
support for the network of European Space Tracking Stations
(ESTRACK) as well as the Maintenance and Operations
services for the Kourou and Malargüe stations. The network
is used by the ESA to manage its satellites in orbit. The
contract, which will have a duration of three years, plus
an optional extension of two years, is worth a total of
around EUR 10 millions.
Telespazio has signed two new contracts with satellite
operator INMARSAT. Under the first agreement,
Telespazio's Fucino Space Centre will host the first
ground station for INMARSAT's new "Global
Xpress" telecommunication service. The second contract
extends INMARSAT's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN)
services, which are provided by the Fucino Space Centre,
for a further four years.
Lastly, the company's subsidiary Telespazio Brasil was
awarded a contract worth EUR 2.5 million with Oi,
Brazil's largest telephone operator, to supply the
satellite back-up network for the Banco do Brasil.