Thales Alenia Space has announced details regarding a significant technology transfer program coordinated with the Brazilian Space Agency under the Strategic Defense and Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) contract signed in 2013. While the linchpin of the SGDC contract is a civil-military satellite scheduled for launch in 2016, under associated contracts Thales will work with Brazilian companies to develop domestic expertise in satellite thermal control, propulsion, solar arrays and optical instruments.