Antwerp Space is active in space technology since 1962.
Originally a division of Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company, later known as Alcatel Bell, it became an autonomous subsidiary of the Alcatel Space group in 1998. At that time, the company still included defence related activities and was called "Alcatel Bell Space and Defence".
Only a year later, in 1999, the defence related activities were sold and the company became "Alcatel Bell Space".
With the alliance between Alcatel Space and Finmeccanica, the company became part of Alcatel Alenia Space in 2005 and was renamed to "Alcatel Alenia Space Antwerp".
In 2007, Thales acquired the overall space related activities from Alcatel. As a consequence, the company got the name "Thales Alenia Space Antwerp".
Since the company has mainly ground related activities and since Thales Alenia Space's mission changed to become more and more an on-board player, the company's shares have been sold to OHB AG in July 2010, after which its name has been changed to "Antwerp Space".