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Airbus Defence and Space photographs the 2013 LAAD Defence & Security exhibition from Space

Satellite image of the LAAD Defence and Security international exhibition in Rio de Janeiro available at:

• The very high-resolution image taken by the Pléiades 1A satellite made available to the public just 20 hours after the satellite had passed over Brazil

• This same high level of performance is provided daily to customers of Airbus Defence and Space Services worldwide

Rio de Janeiro, 10 April 2013 – Airbus Defence and Space, the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world, is showing satellite images of the Riocentro Exhibition Centre taken earlier today, on its booth (AIRBUS Group, Hall 4, H50) and on its website.

LAAD Rio center picture taken by Pléiades 1AThis operation demonstrates the impressive capabilities of the imaging tools developed by Airbus Defence and Space, as well as the responsiveness and rapidity of the associated solutions offered by Airbus Defence and Space.

The image was taken by the Pléiades 1A very high-resolution satellite, designed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, at 12:53 p.m. on 8th April. It was then downloaded to the Kiruna station in Sweden before being transmitted to Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse (France). Just 20 hours after the satellite had passed over the Brazilian city, the image is now available to the public on the Airbus Defence and Space website.

Pléiades 1A and 1B are Europe’s first very-high-resolution Earth-observation satellites, and are positioned 180° apart in the same quasi-polar heliosynchronous orbit, at an altitude of 695 km. They offer exceptional performance in the civil market: 50 cm products over a 20 km footprint and excellent flexibility (rapid pointing) allowing multiple acquisition modes (stereo, mosaic, corridor, target). Thanks to their unparalleled ability to acquire 900 images a day, they also offer major operational advantages to users.

The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 constellation will operate in conjunction with Pléiades and will offer 1.5 m resolution data over larger imaging swaths (60 km) for mapping very large areas. The Pléiades (1A and 1B) and SPOT 6 and 7 constellations will be stationed at equidistant points in the same orbit around the Earth, making Airbus Defence and Space the first operator in the world able to offer a complete range of Earth-observation data at different resolutions (from medium to very high resolution). What this means is that a selected point anywhere in the world will now be visible in high and very-high resolution on a daily basis.

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

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