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Airbus Defence and Space officially presents the PAZ satellite in Spain

Work on integrating the radar with the platform is already underway

Airbus Defence and Space today held an event at its Madrid Barajas site to present the PAZ satellite to senior government figures, space industry representatives and the media. The event was attended by the Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, the Secretary of State for Defence, Constantino Méndez, and the Secretary of State for Industry, Teresa Santero, as well as various representatives of the Spanish Armed Forces, political groups and industry.

Following completion of the platform integration tasks at Airbus Defence and Space's Friedrichshafen site in Germany, the platform was transported to Madrid for integration of the radar instrument which is being developed at the Barajas site. This presentation of the satellite marks the official start of the radar integration phase.

As the satellite’s prime contractor, Airbus Defence and Space in Spain has participated in the development of the platform both through its project team in Madrid and through staff seconded to Germany.

The Barajas site is also currently engaged in building the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instrument which will be integrated with the platform during the next 12 months. The instrument will make use of a new, advanced radar antenna developed by Airbus Defence and Space in Spain which incorporates multilayer printed circuit technology.

The complete satellite has an estimated mass of 1400 kilograms and will be 5 metres high and 2.4 metres in diameter. It will also incorporate two secondary instruments: the Radio Occultation and Heavy Precipitation Experiment and an Automatic Ship Identification System (AIS).

The PAZ satellite is scheduled to be launched at the end of 2012. Once in orbit, the imaging satellite will be able to function in any type of weather conditions, day and night. It will provide around 100 images a day, covering an area of more than 300,000 km2.

Antonio Cuadrado, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space in Spain, stated: “Airbus Defence and Space’s role on the INGENIO and PAZ satellites – which form part of the Spanish National Earth Observation Programme (PNOTS) – strengthens Airbus Defence and Space’s position in Spain as a satellite prime contractor.”

The PAZ radar satellite is part of the Spanish National Earth Observation Programme (PNOTS) developed by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

PAZ will be owned and operated by HISDESAT.

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.

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