Astrium Limited - Airbus Defence and Space (ADS)

Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

The Space element of Airbus DS provides a One stop shop for satcom-enabled mission-critical communication and geo-intelligence, Airbus Defence and Space designs and delivers innovative global satcom, scientific solutions and provides global communication services for military, government and civilian organisations – at sea, on land and in flight. Airbus Defence and Space also provides access to the most complete range of Earth observation data on the market

The Stevenage Space Systems site of Airbus DS has a wide ranging expertise in Telecoms spacecraft, space science, robotic exploration, Earth observation and navigation, focused on commercial service providers, institutional business, national & European agencies. Site based Manufacturing and Design Engineering teams have a wide and diverse range of skills and knowledge with a particular specialism in the design and production of fully integrated satellite platforms with bonded composite structures ranging from small panel elements through to large major structural components. Products include Central Structures, large customised generic designs and totally bespoke units. The supporting facility infrastructure includes Clean-room lay-up facilities, Filament Winding, Ovens, Autoclave’s, CNC machining, NDT, Material laboratory and Structural test.

Role in the project

Airbus Group Innovations is one of the main industrial partners within this project doing research from the industrial side and providing end-user information.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 636494.

This project is endorsed by the European Aeronautics Science Network - EASN.

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