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Airbus Defence and Space strengthens partnership with the Sapienza University of Rome

• Airbus Defence and Space supports the “Space Transportation Master Course” programme at the Sapienza University of Rome

• Newly signed agreement covers funding, fellowships and international internships

13 December 2013 Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s first space company, has signed an agreement with Centre for the Aerospace Research of Sapienza University of Rome (CRAS), represented by the Director, Prof. Marcello Onofri, to collaborate on scientific education in the field of space.

The agreement – signed in Paris on the occasion of Airbus Defence and Space's annual meeting of international research partners – sets out a long-term partnership to support future space engineering education in Italy. Airbus Defence and Space and CRAS will collaborate on research and technology, as well as on teaching and training activities in the field of space.

The first step of this collaboration will consist in setting-up and financing teaching positions, and fellowships. Airbus Defence and Space will also send international experts to lecture for the “Space Transportation Master Course” of La Sapienza and offer internship positions for the students at Airbus Defence and Space sites in France and Germany.

La Sapienza has a long tradition in international space programmes. Starting with pioneer activity in the 1960's, La Sapienza gave important scientific support to the development of European launchers and space infrastructure. Notably, La Sapienza developed sophisticated tools for the Vega launcher programme of the European Space Agency and was able to solve critical challenges by means of motor validation tests.

This agreement further supports the longstanding cooperation between Airbus Defence and Space and key Italian academic and industrial partners. Airbus Defence and Space and its subsidiary Aviospace, involved in partnerships with Politecnico Torino, will continue to benefit from the high quality of Italy's space education and collaboration with the respective institutes. The new partnership aims to further develop this potential by enforcing synergies between fundamental research and industrial applications.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Together, pioneering excellence

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second 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.

Effective from January 1, 2014, Airbus Defence and Space will be integrated into Airbus Defence and Space together with Airbus Military and Cassidian.


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