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 Mobility and Aerospace
Quality in Sp Improves Lif
Thales Alenia Space believes in space as humankind’s new horizon, which will enable us to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth.
Mention Cannes and most people think of the inter- national film festival and glamorous movie stars who come to the small town on the French coast of the Côte d’Azur every spring. But just a few
minutes down the coast a very different kind of industry plies its trade too. This is one of the locations where Thales Alen- ia Space produces and assembles the satellites that support our telecommunications systems, navigation, environmental management, and scientific exploration.
On a seventy-five-hectare site directly in front of the Mediterranean Sea, Thales Alenia Space engineers design and integrate satellites. Their work includes thermal control, harness, propulsion, mechanisms, and solar generators sub- systems—from scientific payloads and optical instruments to telecom satellites. Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture be- tween the French group (67 percent) and the Italian company Leonardo (33 percent) and has been building satellites here in Cannes since the 1970s. “A lot of the work that goes on here is actually extremely complex, which is one of the reasons why we have such a highly skilled workforce,” explains Mark Manley, Vice President Quality, Lean & Configuration Man-
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agement. “The 2,500 people who work at this site are driven by a shared passion for space. They approach their jobs like master craftsmen.”
The site includes one of the biggest seamless clean- rooms in Europe, 350 meters long and covering a total area of 13,000 square meters. This is where satellite assembly takes place. There is no disruption to the cleanliness chain.
Looking out
for new approaches to ensure high quality in space. Mark Manley on the rooftop of the Thales Alenia Space site near Cannes, France.
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