Airbus Defence and Space

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Airbus Defence and Space brings you the Royal Wedding route in 3D online

Stevenage, 31 March 2011 – Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has launched a 3D flythrough of the Royal Wedding route that will be taken by HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the 29th April. The 3D flythrough will enable Royal Wedding supporters to experience the couple’s journey from St James’s Palace to Westminster Abbey. It also shows the route they will take back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony.   

A technological first

Airbus Defence and Space has mapped out this route thanks to Skape, a 3D mapping service from its GEO-Information Services division, which combines high resolution 3D textured city models with 2D mapping and terrain data.

A new tool for urban planners

Through Skape, urban planners can now rapidly develop highly detailed architectural models, saving on both project time and costs. New buildings can be imported into a city and viewed in context with their surroundings, whilst existing buildings can be instantly removed and replaced. The high level of accuracy means that varying building textures, street furniture, light and sun shadowing at different times of the day, and unlimited vantage points can all be observed from anywhere.

To download the 3D flythrough of the Royal Wedding, click on the following link:



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 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 Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


Press contacts:

Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Matthieu Duvelleroy (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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