Airbus highlights space technologies and innovation at IAC2017
26 September 2017
Adelaide, September 26, 2017 - Airbus is exhibiting at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 in Adelaide, South Australia this week. The company is showcasing its space initiatives, programmes and capabilities on stand 19 in the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Several Airbus representatives are presenting at the conference itself, and the company is hosting a “Space Exploration” themed reception on its booth on Tuesday 26 September at 5pm.
Together with other industry players, Airbus will host a New Space and Innovation Session on Wednesday 27 September. Open to all IAC delegates, this provides a platform for selected students and start-ups to pitch their ideas on future space ecosystems in Australia to an industry panel.
“Airbus’ space business continues to perform strongly, making us one of the world’s leading companies in this sector. We are the leading exporter of earth observation satellite systems and at the forefront of developing Space exploration missions,” said Oliver Juckenhoefel, Vice President, Head of On-Orbit Services and Exploration at Airbus Defence and Space.
“We are keen to work with our partners and new start-ups across the industry. Together, we can forge ahead and unlock the opportunities space offers us all.”
Airbus and South Australia have a strong business partnership. The company has teamed with a local company, Speedcast, to build and operate the Satellite Ground Station (SGS) in Adelaide for the Skynet 5A satellite. A UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) strategic space asset, Skynet 5A provides specialised communications service to the UK MoD and allied governments across the Asia-Pacific region.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.