Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space and Antrix/ISRO strengthen their tie-ups

Paris, September 30th 2008 - On the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to France, Airbus Defence and Space has signed a Long Term Agreement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on utilisation of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch services.

This Agreement, which was signed by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman ISRO/Antrix & Secretary Department Of Space and Mr. François Auque, C.E.O of Airbus Defence and Space, enables Airbus Defence and Space to offer attractive solutions in the international markets for in-orbit delivery of its Earth observation satellites, using the PSLV launch services from Antrix/ISRO.

Over the past 5 years, both companies have been successfully cooperating in the field of space activities, as evidenced by the award of two telecommunication satellite contracts, W2M for Eutelsat and HYLAS for Avanti Systems.

These co-operations represent a major breakthrough for the partnership between the European and Indian space technology organisations.

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


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is a renowned space agency, which undertakes state-of-the-art developments in space technology and its applications. Since its inception in 1969, ISRO has established operational space systems such as INSAT for telecommunication, television broadcasting and meteorological services, and the Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) for resources monitoring and management. Satellite launch vehicles such as the Polar Satellite launch Vehicle (PSLV) for launching remote sensing satellites into polar orbits and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch vehicle (GSLV) for launching communication and meteorological satellites into Geosynchronous transfer orbit have also been operationalised. So far, PSLV has successfully launched 16 commercial foreign satellites. Antrix is the commercial arm of ISRO, which globally markets the products and services developed by ISRO. Antrix has been collaborating with Airbus Defence and Space for joint manufacturing and offering of commercial communication satellites in global market, and is currently engaged in building two communication satellites for European customers under this alliance.

Media contacts

Antrix Corporation limited / Indian Space Research Organisation:

Mr. S. Satish

Director, Publications and Public Relations

Indian Space Research Organisation

Tel: +91 80 23 41 5275 - Fax: +91 80 23 41 89 81


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