Thales Alenia Space moved forward this week in creating its Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of the Economy of the Duchy of Luxembourg. It aims to become a major industrial contributor to the nation’s ambitious space and digital strategy.
The Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg will be instrumental in the Thales Alenia Space Digital transformation strategy, accelerating the shift of space business towards digital platform infrastructures, and fostering digital innovation in all space domains: telecommunications, observation, navigation and exploration.
With its presence in Luxembourg, Thales Alenia Space aims at actively participating in the national innovation ecosystem, by nurturing relations and synergies with public research organizations, particularly by driving activities of Thales Alenia Space industrial chair at the University of Luxembourg, and also with start-ups and local space companies.
The MoU was signed by Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space by Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy for The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg It follows a Letter of Intent signed on 18 June 2019.
“Digital Transformation and Space Technologies have become a crucial topic for businesses in today’s rapidly changing and complex environment. Luxembourg therefore strives to nurture the latest digital technological developments to achieve the digital economy of tomorrow,” Minister Schneider said at the June signing event. “In line with our data-driven innovation strategy and policy for the development of commercial space, Luxembourg is well-positioned to work with Thales Alenia Space to foster technologies that can support an efficient and sustainable space sector, as well as encourage further uptake of space-based products by end users.”
Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %).