Airbus Defence and Space Czech Republic s.r.o.
The Airbus Defence and Space Czech Republic s.r.o. company was founded in September 2010, with offices in the Czech Republic’s capital Prague. The aim of its creation was primarily to provide a focus for representation of one of ESA’s major prime contractors in the political heart of a new ESA member state (the Czech Republic obtained full ESA membership status in 2008), and to support Czech national institutions in the scientific and industrial sectors to quickly grow into the role of experienced partners for the principal European space players in ESA projects.
The foundation of Airbus Defence and Space Czech Republic s.r.o. is part of the ‘Airbus Defence and Space Central Europe’ (ACE) initiative, launched in 2008, a key pillar in Airbus Defence and Space’s strategy of cooperating with the new European Union states in central Europe which are seeking to develop their space industries and establish a closer relationship with ESA, notably as European Cooperating States (ECSs).
Despite its small size and recent foundation, Airbus Defence and Space Czech Republic s.r.o. draws on over 30 years’ solid experience in space activities, both at European (ESA and EU) and national level (e.g. in activities for national agencies or national ministries). It is fully supported by Airbus Defence and Space entities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain, experts from all of which are available to provide expertise and technical assistance to the Czech business.