March 14, 2024 – Thales Alenia Space has signed a first 7M€ contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the Earth Observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument to be embarked on the two Harmony satellites, ESA’s 10th Earth Explorer mission. This bridging phase contract is the first step towards the final contract for the overall SAR implementation phase. Under this contract, Thales Alenia Space will lead a diversified European industrial consortium to design, develop and validate the C-Band SAR instruments and will also be responsible of the C-Band digital electronic and antenna tiles to be embarked on both Harmony satellites, expected to be launched aboard a Vega-C launch vehicle by 2029. Thales Alenia Space has played a key role as industry during the Harmony preparatory phase, supporting ESA in the definition of a high performing solution able to fully meet the mission scientific objectives and to develop in parallel all the relevant SAR enabling technologies. Read more