• Airbus Defence and Space Americas brings Airbus Defence and Space’s global space capabilities to serve U.S. and Canadian customers
• John Schumacher, former NASA Chief of Staff, appointed president of the new company that will gather Airbus Defence and Space’s capabilities in the North American market
• Airbus Defence and Space Americas will also provide government customers with satellite communications services formerly marketed by Vizada, Inc.
14 November 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space, a world leader in space technologies, and AIRBUS Group North America today jointly announced the creation of Airbus Defence and Space Americas, America’s newest space company. A subsidiary of AIRBUS Group North America, Airbus Defence and Space Americas will bring Airbus Defence and Space’s broad global space capabilities to North America. Airbus Defence and Space Americas will also provide government customers with secure satellite communications services formerly marketed by Vizada, Inc.
“The creation of Airbus Defence and Space Americas as a U.S. company is an important step in better serving our North American customers,” said John Schumacher, President of Airbus Defence and Space Americas. “The space marketplace is increasingly global, and we want to provide U.S. government and private sector customers with the benefits of our commercial approach to providing space capabilities from complete space systems to state of the art satellite services.”
Airbus Defence and Space Americas, headquartered in Herndon, VA will provide Airbus Defence and Space’s advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of U.S. and Canadian government customers.
Government telecommunications services will initially be the most prominent activity of Airbus Defence and Space Americas, combining the team and assets from former Vizada Inc., and Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Paradigm) solutions. Based in Rockville, Md., the team will work closely with U.S. government and Department of Defense agencies to service the satellite-based communications needs of a wide range of government users and operations worldwide for their most critical missions. In addition to offering mobile satellite solutions (L-Band services from providers such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya), it will provide services from Airbus Defence and Space’ military satellites (X-Band and UHF) plus services from industry leading fixed satellite service providers (in C, Ku and commercial and military Ka-Band).
In the coming weeks, Airbus Defence and Space Americas will provide additional information on its space transportation, geo-information, satellite and hosted payload capabilities.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment; Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.
About AIRBUS Group North America
AIRBUS Group North America is the U.S.-based operation of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. AIRBUS Group contributes more than $13 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. AIRBUS Group North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.
Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
James Darcy (AIRBUS Group-NA, Airbus Defence and Space Americas) Tel.: +1 703 466 5600
Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 51 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41