JSC Academician M.F. ReshetnevInformation Satellite Systems

ISS-Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space established joint venture

Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems and Thales Alenia Space have created a joint venture that will focus mainly on the development and manufacture of satellite payload components.

Official registration of this joint venture, UNIVERSUM SPACE TECHNOLOGIES (UST), was successfully completed on August 5, 2013. Majority-owned by ISS-Reshetnev, it will be located in Krasnoyarsk.

Expert teams from both Russian and European companies will work at UST. It is expected that the new company will start production in 2014.

Creation of the joint venture marks successful completion of work that ISS-Reshetnev and TAS teams have been putting effort into for almost two years. And it is a significant milestone in the 20-year business relations between the two companies in the field of satellite building. Such cooperation aims to integrate space technologies on a global scale and increase competitiveness of jointly manufactured products and solutions in the international market.

About Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems

ISS-Reshetnev Company is Russia’s leading supplier of spacecraft for communications, navigation and geodesy purposes. With its headquarters located in the Krasnoyarsk region, ISS-Reshetnev embodies ten Russian space technology companies and employs around 14,000 people. The company is ranked among the world’s top five satellite producers judged by the number of contracts signed for the construction of telecommunications spacecraft. For half a century of its successful activity ISS-Reshetnev Company has built over 1200 satellites and put into operation more than 40 space systems.

About Thales Alenia Space

The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups’ “Space Alliance”. Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecommunications, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. With consolidated revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2011, Thales Alenia Space has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the United States.