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Airbus Defence and Space to study new solutions for the monitoring of aircraft over the oceans

  • Airbus Defence and Space to study innovative satellite solutions to improve the monitoring and positional tracking of aircraft while in oceanic or remote airspace

  • Airbus Defence and Space Services to study advanced streaming services for flight data and cockpit voice (“Black Box”) recorders

  • Airbus Defence and Space Services to supply a comprehensive assessment of existing and future satellite infrastructure able to support such innovations


Paris, 2 November 2010Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has been awarded a study to assess the provision of satellite services for accurately tracking aircraft over remote locations, particularly over the oceans.


Airbus Defence and Space will undertake the Satellite Oceanic Position Tracking Improvement and Monitoring Initiative (SAT-OPTIMI) to propose innovative satellite solutions for improving aircraft safety and optimising coordination between both air transit services and search and rescue services in remote or oceanic areas.


Eric Béranger, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space said:

Airbus Defence and Space is a recognised expert in providing dependable satellite services worldwide with high availability. Through this study, Airbus Defence and Space is playing an important role in enabling Europe to develop a reliable and effective system using innovative solutions, such as advanced aeronautical services to improve the safety of flights.”


"By taking advantage of the fully-integrated resources and skills across the business and building upon the range of cutting-edge technologies already at our disposal, Airbus Defence and Space is determined to play a key role in developing solutions that in future will dramatically enhance the safety of air traffic across our skies”.


The five-month study has been awarded by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking, one of the most ambitious research and development projects ever launched in Europe, which is tasked with developing a modernised ATM system..


Airbus Defence and Space’ SAT-OPTIMI study will provide a comprehensive assessment of the satellite infrastructure that can enhance the positional tracking and monitoring of aircraft. The study will also consider cutting-edge solutions, such as satellite communications technologies able to provide continuous access to flight data and cockpit voice (“Black Box”) recorders.


Airbus Defence and Space will contribute to solutions that are both technically feasible and economically viable to access in-flight positioning and monitoring data. These solutions are intended to help speed up rescue reaction times and accident analysis and diagnosis over the oceans in the near term.


As part of the study, Airbus Defence and Space will work closely with France’s General Directorate for Civil Aviation (DGAC) and STAR Navigation Systems of Canada.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 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 value-added 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 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



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Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                      Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

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

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

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