CANNES, France, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A new facility for development of avionics products and technologies for satellite and launch vehicles is being built in Belgium by Thales Alenia Space.
The facility will be located in Leuven, allowing its engineers to work closely with the company's microelectronics center of expertise in Leuven, as well as with Thales Alenia Space's plant in Charleroi.
"By setting up this new operation in Leuven, Thales Alenia Space Belgium will strengthen its leadership in the Belgian space industry," said Emmanuel Terrasse, vice president for Research and Development and Business Development. "In particular, this new facility will offer design services focused on Europe's new launchers.
"Our aim is to develop innovative solutions that will enable us to carve out a position as the primary supplier for avionics and other electronics equipment on (the launch vehicle) Ariane 6."
Thales Alenia Space Belgium said the facility – initially with 20 engineers – will open early next year.