Thales teams for safety critical AI in space

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By Nick Flaherty

Thales Alenia Space has signed a deal with Italian startup Aiko for AI software in space applications.

Aiko, based in Torino, Italy, has a focus on safety critical system design, using AI for event detection, fault management and mission re-planning. Its software runs on a wide range of AII accelerators, including chips from Intel, Nvidia and Google.

TAS is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) and will look at how to use AI and machine learning technologies for the autonomous operation of satellites and space infrastructures.

“Thales Alenia Space acts as a catalyst in the space ecosystem by tackling the challenges of an emerging economy in which space is becoming one of the foundations,” said Massimo Claudio Comparini, Senior Executive Vice President Observation, Exploration and Navigation at Thales Alenia Space.

“We have confirmed our pivotal position in the space industry and we are very proud of our partnerships, such as this latest one with Aiko,” he said. “By using AI to enhance autonomous monitoring, detection, processing and data transfer capabilities on spacecraft, we are shaping new mission paradigms in space exploration.”

Thales Alenia Space also works with Telespazio in the Space Alliance, which offers a complete range of services.

“This MoU is a major step forward for our company,” said Lorenzo Feruglio, CEO of AIKO, “since it signals the application of AI to more complex, ambitious missions. Thales Alenia Space has a proven track record in these missions and we are delighted to be working with them. Furthermore, our partnership paves the way for missions that will address end-users’ evolving needs in terms of data volumes and information timeliness.”;

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