Airbus Defence and Space creates a 50/50 joint venture with Poland’s largest space institute – CBK PAN - The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Astri Polska will focus on developing space technologies, applications and services for both Polish and international customers
The new joint venture forms part of the ACE programme which aims to foster cooperation with emerging space nations and new ESA member states in Central Europe
Warsaw, December 14th, 2010 –Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has created a new joint venture in Poland – Astri Polska - with CBK PAN, the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Astri Polska was inaugurated in Warsaw last night.
The joint venture is the latest achievement in the Airbus Defence and Space Central Europe (ACE) programme, a key part of Airbus Defence and Space’s strategy in cooperating with Central European countries that joined the European Union (EU) within the last decade and want to become part of the European Space Agency by building strong space industries.
Astri Polska will focus on developing space technologies and applications for Polish and international customers, especially in the areas of spacecraft electronics, photonics and materials, as well as in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications services. A key focus for the joint venture will be developing tailored satellite applications for end users, particularly in the areas of disaster management and security.
Hugues de Galzain, Senior Vice President of Airbus Defence and Space responsible for International Affairs said:
"The Space Research Centre is a key pillar of Poland’s space community and was a natural partner for Airbus Defence and Space as we look to enhance the country’s space ambitions.
The ACE programme is testament to Airbus Defence and Space’s strong commitment in creating successful new partnerships throughout Central Europe.”
Airbus Defence and Space will actively promote Astri Polska across Europe to establish strong links with both the continent’s space industry and wider space community.
The ACE programme has enabled Airbus Defence and Space to form strong links with some of the newest EU member states, who are currently defined as European Cooperating States (ECS) within ESA. Through the ACE programme Airbus Defence and Space is working closely with ECS such as Hungary, Estonia, Romania and Poland to facilitate the development of space programmes in these countries as they work towards full ESA membership.
Last month Airbus Defence and Space opened a new office in the Czech Republic, which was a ECS before becoming a full member of ESA in 2008.
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.
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