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Airbus Defence and Space wins Strategic Partnership of the Year award with ScanEx

• Prestigious award from Euroconsult for partnership between Airbus Defence and Space Services and ScanEx
• Long term partnership for 10 years covering data from SPOT 6 and 7
• Partnership also provides ScanEx with exclusive reception and distribution rights in the Russian Federation on the SPOT 5 satellite

Paris, 16 September 2011 - At the annual World Satellite Business Week conference in Paris, Airbus Defence and Space has received a joint award with ScanEx for the Strategic Partnership of the Year. ScanEx is the leading Russian remote sensing company, and the award follows the partnership agreement signed with Airbus Defence and Space.

GEO-Information of Airbus Defence and Space (which includes the businesses formerly known as Spot-Image and Infoterra) signed the ten year partnership contract with ScanEx in September 2010. ScanEx is now the exclusive regional partner throughout the Russian Federation for the SPOT 4 and 5 satellites and the upcoming SPOT 6 and 7 satellites, guaranteeing continued access to high-resolution optical data. This exclusivity over the next ten years will enable ScanEx to secure access to high-resolution data until 2019.

The contract covers the provision of imagery and data from the next generation SPOT satellites, SPOT 6 and 7. The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite constellation builds upon the heritage of the SPOT 5 satellite that was launched in 2002, providing high resolution data at a resolution of 2.5 metres. SPOT 6 and 7’s optical sensors will retain a 60-kilometre swath of coverage with an improved resolution of 1.5 meters and a daily acquisition capability of six million square kilometres.

Accepting the award from Pacôme Revillon of Euroconsult, Eric Béranger, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said:

“It is an honour to receive this award as it recognises our strong commitment to the Russian marketplace.

Our continued investment in the next generation of SPOT satellites and our long-term partnership with a leading player like ScanEx enables us to further develop and deliver the best possible geo-information services and products to our customers across the Russian federation.”

Airbus Defence and Space comprises three business divisions: Telecom Services, Secure Satcom Systems, and GEO-Information Services.


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 worldwide, mainly 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.


Press contacts:

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

Gregory Gavroy (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



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