Thales Alenia Space and AIKO to develop advanced software for space applications

By using AI to improve autonomous spacecraft monitoring, sensing, processing, and data transfer capabilities, we are shaping new mission paradigms in space exploration.

Thales Alenia Space and the start-up AIKOS.rl signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop advanced software for space systems.

AIKO’s unique expertise is in developing and deploying state-of-the-art AI to edge devices, including recent versions of AI accelerators such as Intel Myriad X, NVIDIA Jetson and Google Coral.

Their partnership will mainly study the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to improve the autonomous operation of satellites and space infrastructures, in collaboration with the companies’ research and engineering teams. With data generated by space systems increasing exponentially and space missions becoming increasingly complex, advanced software solutions capable of maximizing the chances of mission success have become fundamental. AI technologies can meet these needs, providing scalability and robustness in the harsh space environment. Thales Alenia Space and AIKO will capitalize on their decades of experience in the software and space sectors to support the next generation of space missions.

“Thales Alenia Space acts as a catalyst for the space ecosystem by meeting the challenges of an emerging economy of which space is becoming one of the foundations”, mentioned Massimo Claudio Comparini, Deputy General Manager Observation, Exploration and Navigation at Thales Alenia Space. “We have confirmed our central position in the space industry and we are very proud of our partnerships, such as this one with AIKO. By using AI to improve autonomous spacecraft monitoring, sensing, processing, and data transfer capabilities, we are shaping new mission paradigms in space exploration.

“This memorandum of understanding is a major step forward for our company,” added Lorenzo Feruglio, CEO of AIKO, “as it signals the application of AI to more complex and ambitious missions. Thales Alenia Space has a proven track record in these missions and we are delighted to work with them. In addition, our partnership paves the way for missions that will meet the evolving needs of end users in terms of data volumes and timeliness of information.

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