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Thales Alenia Space reaches milestone in CRISTAL mission development for Europe's Copernicus program
Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has signed an amendment to the CRISTAL contract with Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for the satellite.
The amendment provides for the development and qualification of IRIS, the Interferometric Radar Altimeter for Ice and Snow to be carried on the Copernicus polaR Ice and Snow Topography ALtimeter (CRISTAL) mission. CRISTAL is part of the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Expansion program, in partnership with the European Commission. Copernicus is a European flagship program providing Earth observation and in situ data, along with a broad range of services for environmental monitoring and protection, climate monitoring and natural disaster assessment to improve the quality of life for all European citizens.