Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space at LAAD: Imagery and Earth observation, telecommunications and launchers

• Airbus Defence and Space, number three company in the world for space technologies, is the only company to design and build launch vehicles and satellites, and to provide telecommunications and space-based imagery services
• At the LAAD Defence & Security international exhibition in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 9 to 12 April 2013, Airbus Defence and Space is reasserting its position as a global player in the space industry and space services (EADS booth, Hall 4, H50)
• Airbus Defence and Space will showcase its space-based imagery and surveillance solutions (press briefings on 10 and 11 April, 3.30 pm on the Airbus Defence and Space booth) along with its civil and military telecommunications solutions

4 April 2013 – Airbus Defence and Space, European leader and third worldwide in the space industry, will be presenting the following products and services on its booth (AIRBUS Group, Hall 4, H50) at the LAAD Defence & Security 2013 exhibition from 9 to 12 April at the Riocentro exhibition centre in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Imagery and Earth observation:

  • ‘In-orbit proven’ satellites Pléiades and SPOT 6, which are capable of taking high-resolution and very high-resolution images of a selected point anywhere on Earth every day,
  • Airbus Defence and Space is a world leader in design and manufacture of optical and radar Earth observation satellites, of varying resolution and provides satellite systems to a number of countries for both civil and military needs,
  • GO Monitor, a civil surveillance service for monitoring the daily changes of a selected site anywhere in the world, and Airbus Defence and Space’ imagery solutions, which are regularly used to monitor civil engineering structures like football stadiums,
  • Pierre Duquesne, Airbus Defence and Space’s general manager in Brazil for Geo-information services, will introduce space-based imagery solutions for Brazil and take questions from the media regarding space-based imagery services on 10 and 11 April at 3.30 pm in the meeting room on the Airbus Defence and Space booth (AIRBUS Group, Hall 4, H50). Please confirm attendance with the Airbus Defence and Space LAAD press contact, see below.


  • Eurostar E3000, the platform exported around the world for communications satellites that have now accumulated 450 years of successful in-orbit operation,
  • Civil and military telecom services, in all frequency bands, already in use by the private sector, NGOs, public bodies and Defence departments worldwide.


  • Ariane 5, the most reliable launch vehicle currently in operation in the commercial market, for which Airbus Defence and Space is prime contractor.

Airbus Defence and Space LAAD contacts:

  • Jean-Noël Hardy, Airbus Defence and Space’s managing director in Brazil, will take questions from the media on Airbus Defence and Space booth (AIRBUS Group, Hall 4, H50) to find out more about the many civil and military uses of space technology.
  • Press contact: Alexandre Gonzaga - +55 61 8402-9828 -

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. 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.


Press contacts

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

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