The Côte d’Azur’s aeronautics and space industry is a dynamic network of sub-contractors and specialist companies, working closely with major research laboratories and specialist training institutes, all structured around world-class clients.

A network of specialist, hi-tech SMEs

Boosted by Thales, backed by the telecoms and microelectronics expertise in Sophia Antipolis and managed and coordinated by the Pégase Competitiveness Cluster, the Côte d’Azur’s aeronautics and space sector features gems.

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Cannes is home to Europe's leader

Accommodating the headquarters of Thales Alenia Space, the European leader in satellite systems, Cannes boasts an industrial site unique in Europe dedicated to the integration and testing of satellites.

With over 2,000 employees, this key European manufacturer of satellite systems has invested over €40 M in redeploying and optimising the facilities at its Cannes headquarters. Its satellite integration and testing resources (over 13,500 m2 of class 100,000 cleanrooms) make of Thales Alenia Space a site which is unique in Europe.

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An ecosystem favourable to the sector

As an integral part of the exceptional regional and national expertise, the Côte d’Azur’s aeronautics and space industry benefits from a total ecosystem, interconnected with the information and communication technology and microelectronics sectors in Sophia Antipolis.

Thales Alenia Space and the sector’s Côte d’Azur-based SMEs are part of a wider powerful aeronautics and space industry in the South of France and the PACA region in particular, driven by the Pégase Cluster.

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