Airbus Defence and Space

12 metre Ariane rocket to premiere on the Champs-Elysées

Airbus Defence and Space, designer and builder of Ariane, will exhibit a 12 metre model of the rocket on the central roundabout of the Champs-Elysées – a premiere in Paris.

From 4 to 12 October, 2008, space fans and visitors will get an idea of the magnitude of the real 55 metre rocket built in Les Mureaux, 30 km west of Paris., Visitors will be able to see, for the first time in France, a mock-up of a manned European space capsule from Airbus Defence and Space and experience simulated docking with the International Space Station.

  • Airbus Defence and Space, designer and builder of Ariane, will exhibit a 12 metre model of the rocket on the central roundabout of the Champs-Elysées – a premiere in Paris.

From 4 to 12 October, 2008, space fans and visitors will get an idea of the magnitude of the real 55 metre rocket built in Les Mureaux, 30 km west of Paris. Visitors will be able to see, for the first time in France, a mock-up of a manned European space capsule from Airbus Defence and Space and experience simulated docking with the International Space Station.

A moonwalk on the Champs-Elysées

A scale 1 mock-up of Moon Lander, the next robot to be sent to the Moon, will be on show at the exhibition organised by the French Aerospace Industry Association (GIFAS).

A sub-orbital flight over the Champs-Elysées

And a full-scale model of Airbus Defence and Space’s future space plane will be on display with animation to illustrate what tourists can expect to see from space.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2007, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €3.5 billion and 12,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and its wholly owned subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €39.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116, 000

 

Media Contacts

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Phone: 01438 773872

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Phone: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Phone: +49 (0) 7545 89123

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Phone: +34 91 586 37 41

 

Notes to Editors

The French Aerospace Industry Association is otherwise known as The Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS)

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