Wellington, 30 October 2018 - Airbus and New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have signed a Letter of Intent to further develop New Zealand’s capability in emerging space technology data and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
The Letter of Intent was signed in Wellington by Pierre Jaffre, President Asia Pacific, Airbus, and Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science and Enterprise MBIE.
In speaking of the new partnership, Pierre Jaffre said “Airbus has a long history as an active partner in New Zealand’s aerospace sector. As we explore opportunities in space and the future of flight, our partnership with MBIE reflects our intent to develop space technology data and UAS capabilities here in New Zealand.”
“An important pillar of our partnership is to identify and support tomorrow’s aviators and industry leaders. In 2019, Airbus and MBIE have agreed to host together an exciting innovation challenge. We’re looking for New Zealand’s best and brightest to work with us to unlock potential, solve real world problems and take the industry to the next level through innovation” said Mr Jaffre.
As New Zealand’s leading agency for attracting innovation and investment, MBIE will work with Airbus to identify partners and collaboration opportunities amongst New Zealand’s industry, academia and research institutes.
The Letter of Intent with MBIE continues Airbus’ support of the Space industry in New Zealand. In 2018, Airbus supported the 24 hour hackathon ActInSpace NZ, which challenged participants to use existing space technology and data in new applications.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated reported revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 129,000. 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, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.