Interview: Thales Alenia Space Chief Executive Jean-Loic Galle on Spaceflight investment

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — European satellite prime contractor Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and satellite-services provider Telespazio are investing about $80 million in Spaceflight Industries, with a focus on Spaceflight’s startup BlackSky geospatial intelligence company.

What TAS gets is a foothold in the United States as a manufacturer, and a window on how U.S. “New Space” companies have been able to pack so much capacity into such small, inexpensive satellite packages.

Spaceflight and BlackSky get cash and a lot more, according to TAS Chief . . .

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