Airbus Defence and Space has a strong heritage in studies for space missions related to on-orbit servicing and for satellite services that can support active debris removal for future missions.
Airbus Defence and Space is also involved in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness and in EU FP7 spacecraft resilience studies.
Airbus Defence and Space will be presenting several innovative concepts during ESA’s Space Debris conference in Darmstadt from April 22nd to April 25th 2013.
Media can download footage on key Airbus Defence and Space space debris solutions on www.astrium.eads.net/en/press_centre/broadcast-room.html.
Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space technology company, is committed to developing appropriate technologies to mitigate and remediate space debris issues to support our customers and move towards a sustainable space environment.
Airbus Defence and Space, as prime contractor of the Ariane 5 launcher, the automated space vehicle ATV and many science, telecommunications and Earth observation satellites as well as space robotics can provide technical expertise, assets and competences to investigate a global set of potential solutions and related enabling technologies.
Airbus Defence and Space is contributing in four key areas by participating in Space Agencies or European Commission (EC) programmes as well as investing its own Research & Technology funds:
Spacecraft resilience should be increased at architecture level, through shielding solutions, and proposing new design rules and standards.
PMD will be offered for Ariane 5 ME, and is available on satellites such as SPOT 6 and 7.
Enabling technologies are being studied, with strong support from our customers (space agencies and EC). These will require further developments and commitments.
Should a pan-European system be created, Airbus Defence and Space will readily contribute with its expertise.
Airbus Defence and Space is leading several studies contracted by space agencies:
Testing of disposal and maintenance on a client satellite specially launched for this purpose, as opposed to tests on old existing satellites, means that a wide variety of defects can be simulated. This enables DEOS to demonstrate a complete range of relevant tasks, right up to capturing a satellite that is spinning out of control. Experiments will be performed in an increasing order of difficulty.
The DEOS project will be carried out by DLR Space Administration with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
The EC FP 7 collaborative studies:
Airbus Defence and Space has also been developing several innovative concepts with its own resources, enabling key technologies to support debris removal missions:
About Airbus Defence and Space
Together, pioneering excellence
Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, 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 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 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