“Airbus Defence and Space is a byword for innovation”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Airbus Defence and Space’s Friedrichshafen site in southern Germany at the end of February. She was accompanied by Baden-Württemberg’s State Prime Minister (Ministerpräsident) Stefan Mappus, DLR’s Executive Board Chairman Johann Dietrich Wörner, and her government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
During the site tour, the delegation was brought up to date on the projects currently underway at Airbus Defence and Space and had the opportunity to take a close-up look at the PAZ, Swarm and MetOp satellites.
Mrs Merkel was impressed by the Friedrichshafen-based satellite projects and made a positively upbeat statement on aerospace: “Aerospace is a key area of science and research policy in Germany, and the men and women working here in Friedrichshafen can rest assured that it will remain so.”
Evert Dudok, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space and Chairman of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, was delighted to have the opportunity to show his guests the latest environmental satellites under construction – “and that the weather also comes in part from Friedrichshafen.”
Mr Mappus was similarly impressed with the standard of technology, the uncompromising quality awareness and the highly qualified workforce: “Research and development activities secure our region’s future economic viability. The field of aerospace in particular is an important pacesetter for new technologies, and Airbus Defence and Space is a byword for innovation on Lake Constance,” he said.
(Exceptionally, for this visit, and with permission from the technical personnel and the customers, the members of the delegation did not wear the usual protective headcoverings in the cleanrooms.)