Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space Americas establishes new space propulsion office in North America

• Bob Huebner, former Vice President of AMPAC In-Space Propulsion, appointed the Airbus Defence and Space Americas director of business development for in-space propulsion
• Allows Airbus Defence and Space to better serve North American in-space propulsion customers

HERNDON, Va., Mar., 18, 2013 – Airbus Defence and Space Americas, an AIRBUS Group North America company, has opened an office to provide Airbus Defence and Space’s in-space propulsion capabilities to the North American market. This new office is based in the Los Angeles area and will initially focus on business development.

“This new office is another step in better serving Airbus Defence and Space’s expanding international in-space propulsion customer base,” said John Schumacher, President of Airbus Defence and Space Americas. “It will help us to offer Airbus Defence and Space’s expertise and capabilities in the in-space propulsion and equipment business to current and new U.S. customers, strengthen existing partnerships in the U.S. and enlarge our supplier base in North America.”

Bob Huebner will lead the business expansion effort as the director of business development for in-space propulsion products and services in North America. Huebner brings 20 years of management and leadership experience in growing in-space propulsion businesses. He also has 15 years of technical experience with rocket propulsion, ramjets, scramjets and turbo machinery.

Airbus Defence and Space Propulsion & Equipment, provides design, development, production, integration and testing of rocket engines, complete space propulsion systems, subsystems and components. It provides propulsion systems and components to international customers with thrust levels range from 8 micro-Newton RIT- Xenon thrusters to the 1,350 kilo-Newton N Vulcan LOX/LH2 thrust chambers used on the Ariane 5 launcher.

Airbus Defence and Space is one of the world’s leading companies in the design, development, manufacture and testing of propulsion subsystems and thrusters for satellites, interplanetary space probes, platforms, automated logistics vehicles, and launch vehicle roll control systems.

About Airbus Defence and Space Americas

Airbus Defence and Space Americas, an AIRBUS Group North America company, was incorporated in July 2012 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It provides Airbus Defence and Space’s advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of U.S. and Canadian customers.

About AIRBUS Group North America

AIRBUS Group North America is the U.S.-based operation of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. AIRBUS Group contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. AIRBUS Group North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

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. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, 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 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

Press contacts:

Quentin Hunstad (AIRBUS Group-NA, Airbus Defence and Space Americas)                         Tel.: +1 703 466 5779

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

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