Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space and World Space Week

  • Airbus Defence and Space launches new micro website packed with information and activities for World Space Week

  • Airbus Defence and Space enables young people worldwide to learn about the wonders of space

  • Employees to visit thousands of schools across Europe


Paris, 05 October 2010 - Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has launched a special “World Space Week” micro website, where young people worldwide can learn about the exciting space missions Airbus Defence and Space is involved with; take part in a fun-packed space quiz; engage with a variety of space multimedia, including images, videos and cartoons; and even leave a message or upload a drawing on Airbus Defence and Space’s interactive online pin board!


World Space Week (4th – 10th October) is an annual celebration launched by the UN General Assembly in 1999 on the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the signing of the Treaty on the Peaceful Use of Space in 1967.


This year, engineers and scientists from Airbus Defence and Space, are also visiting thousands of schools across France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. to inspire young people about the wonders of space.


As well as visiting schools, a number of special events have also been organised across the UK with Airbus Defence and Space sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage teaming up with local science centres, businesses, universities and colleges to run a wide range of workshops, hands-on exhibitions and talks about space.


In Germany, Airbus Defence and Space is participating in a special space themed day in the Baden-Württemberg region, working closely with the ministry of economics of Baden-Württemberg, universities, the German Space Industry (DLR) and local industry, where hundreds of young people will gather in Stuttgart for a series of educational workshops and space talks.


Furthermore, in Spain, Airbus Defence and Space employees inaugurated the World Space Week on Saturday with the launch of micro launchers at Madrid’s Planetarium Amphitheatre. They will also be visiting a number of schools in Madrid in order to bring space closer to the students with presentations, videos and giveaways.


In France, the departments of Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Yvelines and Essonne will be celebrating World Space Week. Airbus Defence and Space employees will be visiting hundreds of classrooms.


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 the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.


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.


Press contacts:

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

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