Through the joint venture Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%), Leonardo develops satellite systems for telecommunications, navigation and Earth observation, space exploration probes and multifunctional orbiting modules supporting space stations for prominent international programmes and missions.


satellites for three telecommunications constellations (Globalstar 2, O3b and Iridium® NEXT)


series of Earth observation satellites commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA)

World leader

in the market for high-capacity, agile satellites


first and second-generation SICRAL satellites for the Italian Defence Ministry

Prime contractor

for first and second-generation COSMO-SkyMed



Cyber-protected satellite systems equipped with electro-optical instruments, radar and laser transmitters for prominent international programmes for Earth observation, positioning and navigation, telecommunications and scientific purposes.

Interplanetary probes

Probes, landers and rovers used in the most important international space exploration programmes and missions make a major contribution to the study of the solar system and the universe.

Orbiting modules

Modular structures for space stations incorporating living space, infrastructure, telecommunications and supply functions. Through Thales Alenia Space, Leonardo built more than 50% of the living modules on the International Space Station and will be producing the modules for the future commercial space station and the station due to go into orbit between Earth and the moon.

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