Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space celebrates United Nations’ World Space Week

Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, to visit schools in Europe.

Airbus Defence and Space employees will visit hundreds of English, French, German and Spanish pupils at their schools to inspire them about space, with descriptions of space activities and how they benefit our daily lives. François Auque, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space said: “I am impressed by how our teams have really thrown themselves into this event. We are committed to spreading the word about space – how it touches more and more of our daily lives and how we all benefit from it.”

In France, Airbus Defence and Space is taking part in a space exhibition on the Champs-Elysées

In Paris, Airbus Defence and Space is raising awareness of World Space Week and European space through an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the French Aerospace Industry Association (GIFAS). Visitors to the Champs Elysees are invited to discover scale replicas of Ariane 5, the space plane, a model space capsule, Earth observation and telecommunication satellites and the Mars rover in the Airbus Defence and Space tent.

In the UK, join Airbus Defence and Space at the INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium

Speakers will be visiting schools and colleges near the company’s UK bases in Stevenage and Portsmouth, and activities will be organised such as workshops and lectures at the INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium in Hampshire - see

In Spain, Airbus Defence and Space and the Mayor’s office will organize a launch contest of micro-rockets at Madrid’s Planetarium

The two Airbus Defence and Space Spain sites in Madrid (Barajas and Tres Cantos) will hold technical visits for various institutes, universities and professionals. The company will also organize along with the Mayor’s office, the first micro-rocket launch contest, which will take place at the Planetarium’s amphitheatre. Four institutes will take part in the competition.

In Germany Airbus Defence and Space engineers are back to school - Meeting the "next generation"

Space Experts and Engineers from the four German sites Bremen, Friedrichshafen, Ottobrunn and Lampoldshausen are going to visit schools and universities all over the country to give lectures and demonstrations about space basics, topic space missions, scientific results and operational benefits for mankind - not only to increase knowledge about space. They also might raise interest for work and jobs in the space industry.

About WSW

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, celebrated each year in over 50 countries from 4 to 10 October. The event is “an international celebration of space science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition”. World Space Week begins on 4th October to commemorate the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4th October 1957; it ends on 10th October, the date on which the international space treaty came into effect in 1967.

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:

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) - Phone: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

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

Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER) - Phone: +49 (0) 7545 8 9123

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) - Phone: +34 91 586 37 41