Airbus Defence and Space

Bart Reijnen appointed new Airbus Defence and Space Bremen Site Director and Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration

Bremen, 1 February 2013 – Bart Reijnen (40) has been appointed the new Airbus Defence and Space Bremen Site Director with effect from 1 February 2013. He will also be Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration within the Airbus Defence and Space business unit. In both roles he succeeds Dr Michael Menking (48), Site Director since 2010 and Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration activities since 2004.

Bart Reijnen’s Airbus Defence and Space remit will extend to cover any activities relating to the area of human spaceflight and space exploration. This includes anything to do with the operation and utilisation of European ISS components, as well as responsibility for the ISS’s Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV, zero-gravity research and development of the next generation of spacecraft for planetary exploration.

Airbus Defence and Space’s Bremen site is Europe’s industrial centre for human spaceflight. With some 1,000 highly qualified employees, the site is responsible for crucial European contributions to the International Space Station ISS, including the Columbus space laboratory and the unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV, as well as operating the European parts of the ISS. Furthermore, the site is developing and building the upper stage of the Ariane 5 launcher – the global market leader in commercial satellite transportation.

Since 2006,  Bart Reijnen has been CEO of Dutch Space B.V. in Leiden, the Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space. He has been working for the AIRBUS Group in various roles since 1995.

Michael Menking is transferring to the Airbus Defence and Space business unit, where he will be Head of Earth Observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) business activities.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment; Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, 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 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


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Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                       Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

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

Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                   Tel.: +49 (0) 7575 89123

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



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