Leonardo operates in the most important international space programmes through two joint ventures created in 2007 with Thales, which form the “Space Alliance”: Telespazio (Leonardo 67% and  Thales 33%) and Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%) - and through the activities of the Airborne and Space Systems Division.

The company provides a complete offering ranging from satellite manufacturing and orbiting infrastructures, up to the management of satellite services and the production of a wide range of high-tech instruments, subsystems, sensors for applications such as Earth observation, remote sensing of atmospheric phenomena and ecosystems, planetary exploration, navigation missions, telecommunications, space exploration and in orbit experiments.

Through the Airborne & Space Systems Division, Leonardo also provides a wide range of high-tech instruments, subsystems, sensors and products for Earth observation, planetary exploration, navigation and telecommunication missions. The Division is one of the main operators at the European and international level, with an offer that includes optical systems, tracking sensors, radio frequency devices, photovoltaic panels, distribution and power control systems and robotic arms.

Leonardo’s space expertise also includes a minority shareholding in AVIO, leader in the space launcher sector and in spacecraft propulsion and space travel.


Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), is one of the world’s leading players in satellite services. The company relies on an international network of space centres and teleports and operates worldwide through many subsidiaries and joint ventures.


Telespazio is a leading company in sectors that are becoming increasingly important to public institutions, business operators and consumers. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services and in-orbit satellite control, from Earth observation services, integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation, to scientific programmes


Telespazio covers the whole space market value chain through its business units: Satellite Systems & Applications, Satellite Operations, Geoinformation, and Networks & Connectivity.


Telespazio relies on a wealth of experience of the highest level, stemming from technological expertise acquired over 50 years of activity. The company’s experience is also drawn from the management of space infrastructure - including the Fucino Space Centre, the world’s largest civilian teleport - as well as from its involvement in major space programmes, including  ExoMars, Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, COSMO-SkyMed, SICRAL and ATHENA-FIDUS.


Thales Alenia Space, the European leader for satellite systems and at the cutting edge of orbiting infrastructure, is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%). It is a global reference point in the field of satellite systems for telecommunications, monitoring of the environment and the Earth's climate, defence and security, exploration and scientific research.


Thales Alenia Space has been a leading operator in high performance satellite technologies in both the civilian and defence sectors for over 40 years. The company is also a leading industrial player in environmental programmes (Copernicus), satellite navigation (EGNOS and Galileo), and defence and security (Syracuse, SICRAL 1 and 2, ATHENA-FIDUS and COSMO-SkyMed).
Thales Alenia Space is also leader in European and international scientific programmes, with a key role in missions such as Rosetta, Herschel & Planck, ExoMars, Euclid and BepiColombo.


Thales Alenia Space makes an essential contribution to the field of space infrastructure, through the  development of the International Space Station (ISS). The company, in fact, provided more than half of the heritable volume of the ISS, including Nodes 2 and 3, the Multipurpose Pressurized Logistics Modules (MPLM) logistics pressurized modules, the Cupola and the structure of the Columbus laboratory, as well as the Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC) for the ATV carrying supplies to the ISS. It also realises the Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) for the shuttle fueling Cygnus, it is prime contractor for the ESA's XIV and Expert reentry demonstrators and participates in the realisation of the European service module of the NASA's new exploration spacecraft, designed to carry astronauts, Orion.