Thales Alenia Space signed a contract with the European Space Agency to develop a Low Earth Orbit Cargo Return Service | Space

  • This contract represents a significant leap in securing Europe sustainable access to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
  • The vehicle and associated ground infrastructure will be compatible with the evolution towards crew transportation to human outposts in LEO, as well as cargo return service from the Gateway space station in cis-lunar orbit.
  • This program will benefit from Thales Alenia Space’s cutting-edge technology, know-how and long-standing expertise in space exploration vehicles and infrastructure.

Bruxelles – 22 May 2024 – Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has signed a first phase contract worth €25m with the European Space Agency (ESA) to demonstrate a complete cargo delivery service to and from space stations in low-Earth orbit by 2028. The development of this LEO Cargo Return Service will be co-founded by Thales Alenia Space.

Thales Alenia Space’s role

Earth Re-entry Vehicle technological demonstrator, R&D base for the future evolution of the LEO Cargo Return Service © Thales Alenia Space

During this two-year phase contract (from June 2024 to June 2026), Thales Alenia Space, as the prime contractor, will develop the service through the consolidation of the business plan and the preliminary engagement of potential investors and customers. The company will also be…

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