Airbus Defence and Space

Successful launch of THEOS

Yasny, October 1st 2008 - Airbus Defence and Space has successfully placed the THEOS observation satellite, built for Thailand, into orbit.

Once again Airbus Defence and Space demonstrates its expertise in space system management.

François Auque, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, congratulated GISTDA, the Thai space agency, on this success and also for the fact that Thailand now has a space observation capability. He continued: "This success reaffirms the excellence of the Airbus Defence and Space teams in all areas of space – from architect to constructor. With THEOS, Airbus Defence and Space has been responsible for all phases, from manufacture to launch, and from orbit injection to utilisation of satellite data for its customer.” He added that this success also results from a major cooperation and training programme between Airbus Defence and Space and GISTDA.

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2007, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €3.5 billion and 12,000 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 its wholly owned subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services. AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €39.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 116,000.


Media contacts

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Phone: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

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

Mathias Pikelj (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Phone: +49 (0) 7545 8 9123

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

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