Finmeccanica-AnsaldoBreda has been awarded two new contracts, worth a total of about 26 million euro, related to maintenance of two specific types of regional trains and trams.
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Scheduled for launch in 2024, it will explore the planetary systems near the Solar System and it will study new planets similar to Earth. PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillation of stars) program is the new space mission part of ESA's "Cosmic Vision 2015-25" in which Thales Alenia Space will participate within phase B1 studies.
The new satellite that Thales Alenia Space will be developing for the French space agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) goes by the name of SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography); it will be responsible for keeping the Earth's oceans and water under control.