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First Airbus Defence and Space Space Student Awards: Airbus Defence and Space will sponsor two Polish students’ innovative space projects

Paris, February 1st, 2010 - Airbus Defence and Space, the European leader in space technology will sponsor: 


- Mr Marcin Stolarski, from the Polish Space Research Centre (SRC) in the PhD student category, for his postdoctoral proposal on an innovative solution on space redundancy,


- Mr. Rafał Graczyk, also from SRC, in the Master student category, for his PhD proposal on an innovative solution on space electronics.


The two winning proposals were selected by a judging panel of polish academics and Airbus Defence and Space experts from six eligible candidates and were awarded first prize in each of the two categories.


Robert Lainé, Airbus Defence and Space Chief Technical Officer presented the awards to the two winning students on the 1st February in Warsaw, in presence of the Polish Vice-Minister of Science, the Vice-Minister of Economy, Members of the Polish Parliament and Pr Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The winning students will fly to the French Guyana space centre in Kourou to participate in an “Ariane” launch with a delegation of Polish VIP’s in summer 2010.


Airbus Defence and Space specialists will help in training and guiding the students throughout their studies, working in close cooperation with their academic tutors in Poland.


Background information

After 30 years of participation in space missions, particularly science focused, in cooperation with several space agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA (USA), CNES (France), Russian and Swedish space administrations, and many space industries including Airbus Defence and Space, Poland is preparing to become a full member of the European Space Agency (ESA). To achieve this goal, Poland joined a special cooperation programme of ESA named PECS programme (ESA Plan for European Cooperating States) two years ago and two sets of PECS projects have already been selected by ESA.


Poland has a large number of highly educated scientists and engineers and benefits from top class universities and research laboratories. In addition, Airbus Defence and Space, the space division of AIRBUS Group and its founding companies have, since the early years of the space era, worked closely with European partners in developing a variety of telecommunications, science, Earth observation climate and meteorological space programmes for instance


Airbus Defence and Space welcomes closer cooperation with Poland and through sponsoring the best space-related PhD and postdoctoral research, aims to support the country in its scientific and space engineering objectives, raise awareness for space science and innovation and encourage outstanding students.


Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 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 Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


Press contacts:

Astrid EMERIT (Airbus Defence and Space)                                                          Tel.: 33 (0) 1 77 75 80 93


Anna BADURSKA (Polspace Ltd)                                              Tel.: 48 (0) 22 840 01 98

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