Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space signs contract to develop a satellite integration centre in Kazakhstan

Le Bourget, 17 June 2009 - Airbus Defence and Space and JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” today announced the signing of a first contract to build a major satellite integration centre that will be part of the future Kazakhstan national space centre in Astana.

This contract is the first step of a major cooperation agreement between Kazakhstan space entities and Airbus Defence and Space that will lead to the construction of a satellite programme for Earth observation, as well as the actual construction of an assembly, integration and test centre.

This first phase will be to define the architecture of the centre before its actual construction begins. Airbus Defence and Space and JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” will run the integration centre as a joint venture.

This first contract was signed by Alain Charmeau, CEO Airbus Defence and Space and Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, CEO of JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary”. This follows the announcement of a MoU for a strategic partnership in May 2009. 

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 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 the development and delivery of satellite services.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.

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