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airbus defence and space

May 28, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space: 65th successful launch in a row of Ariane 5

May 28, 2015 — Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 65th time in a row, once again confirming the reliability of the European launcher. With this launch, DIRECTV 15, the 100thgeostationary telecommunications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space, has been delivered into orbit. The company is prime contractor

May 26, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space Joins ESA BIC Bavaria as New Partner

Ottobrunn, May 26, 2015 — ESA BIC Bavaria, part of the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre (BIC) programme, is poised to expand its presence in the aerospace hotbed Bavaria with the opening of another branch office in Ottobrunn near Munich. The Bavarian state government - itself a longstanding ESA BIC partner and supporter - also

May 26, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space Begins Building Grace-FO Climate Satellites

May 26, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second-largest space company, has successfully completed the development and design phase of the Grace-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment follow-on) satellites. Following delivery of the highly stable satellite structures, the building phase of the two NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) research satellites has begun. The

May 21, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space to Launch DIRECTV 15, its 100th Geostationary Telecommunications Satellite

May 21, 2015 — The launch of DIRECTV 15, the United States’ most powerful television broadcasting satellite, is scheduled for 27 May from Kourou on board an Ariane 5 launcher. Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, is the prime contractor for both the Ariane 5 launcher and DIRECTV 15. DIRECTV 15 is

April 27, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space selected by CNES to Build MERLIN – the First Franco-German Earth Observation Satellite

April 27, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has signed a contract with the French space agency (CNES) to build the platform and carry out final integration of the MERLIN (MEthane Remote sensing LIdar missioN) satellite. From 2020 MERLIN will measure methane (CH4), one of the main greenhouse gases,

April 27, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space: 64th Successful Launch in a Row of Ariane 5

April 27, 2015 — Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 64th time in a row, once again confirming the reliability of the European launcher. This was the 222nd Ariane flight and the 78th Ariane 5 launch. Success demonstrates the exceptional reliability of the European heavy launcher for which Airbus

April 14, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space Launches WorldDEM Digital Terrain Model, the New Bare Earth Elevation Model

April 14, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space has officially launched its WorldDEM Digital Terrain Model (DTM), a highly accurate standardized representation of bare Earth elevation that can be made available for any point on the globe. This addition completes the WorldDEM portfolio enabling Airbus Defence and Space to provide both surface and terrain elevation

March 31, 2015

DIRECTV 15, the Most Powerful US Broadcast Satellite, Leaves Airbus Defence and Space

March 31, 2015 — DIRECTV 15, the most powerful US broadcast satellite, has left Airbus Defence and Space’s cleanrooms in Toulouse (France). It will now be shipped to Kourou for launch by Ariane 5 in May 2015. DIRECTV 15 is based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The spacecraft’s launch mass is 6,200 kg

March 19, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space Selects Arianespace to Launch EDRS-C Satellite

March 19, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace have reached an agreement for the launch of EDRS-C which is the second geostationary satellite of the SpaceDataHighway system. The launch is scheduled for the first quarter in 2017. EDRS-C will increase the system capacity and provide redundancy for the SpaceDataHighway. Its orbital position will

March 18, 2015

WorldDEM, the New-Class 3D Model, Now Available for More than 50% of the Global Landmass

March 18, 2015 — The availability of WorldDEM, the global pole-to-pole Digital Elevation Model, is continuously expanding and now extends to more than 50% of the Earth’s landmass. The 3D mapping database now covers large parts of Northern and Southern America, Western and Southern Africa, Middle East, Australia, Northern Europe and Asia. The newest additions

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