The latest technologies for land, sea, air and space applications are in the spotlight at the ongoing exhibition, with Thales Alenia Space showcasing its latest high-performance optical and radar observation systems, in addition to secure communication systems in the military arena and a special focus on the company’s Stratobus stratospheric airship.
Thales Alenia Space, the only European company offering both optical and radar very-high-resolution instruments, and according to company officials, “There is keen interest in acquiring space-based systems from a number of countries, who are keen to maintain a dedicated capability in this area for generating high-resolution intelligence images.”
Thales Alenia Space won two contracts with South Korea in December last year, fending off competition against an international field of competitors, from KAI (Korean Aerospace Industries) and HSC (Hanwha Systems Corporation). The company will now go on to build four Earth observation satellites with synthetic aperture radars (SAR) as part of the SmallSat Korea “425” project.
This system of high-resolution satellites will be used by Korean authorities for intelligence and surveillance applications, including monitoring of zones of specific interest.
Thales Alenia Space is also placing a special emphasis at the ongoing show for its Stratobus, autonomous, multi-mission stratospheric airship that offers a perfect fit with satellite systems.
Stratobus marks a technological breakthrough in this sector, as it provides space-like capabilities without requiring a rocket launcher.
The Stratobus can meet the specific needs of security and defence forces, for instance by offering constant surveillance of a predefined regional coverage zone.