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Space Systems
A global leader in Space manufacturing for over 50 years

Whether we’re peering into the infinite beyond or looking back at Planet Earth, mapping every star in our galaxy or counting trees in Amazonia, we’ve always been helping to answer the big questions. Our space technology has had an exponential impact on our daily lives, from the way we conserve to how we connect. It’s no wonder the world’s most inquiring minds have us on speed dial.



Over 100 telecomand almost 50 earth observation satellites launched
1,400 accumulated yearsin orbit since 1965 by our satellites
Building 900 satellitesfor the largest ever constellation
For over 50 yearsa global leader in space systems manufacturing



Reaching for the Stars is Our Daily Business

From the smallest electronic parts to the full in-orbit delivery of satellites, from very-high-resolution Earth observation instruments to unprecedented deep-space exploration missions, from today’s most reliable telecommunication satellites to unfailing International Space Station operations:

With cutting-edge capabilities and decades of experience, the Space Systems business line of Airbus Defence and Space has all that it takes to design, develop and operate major space systems. Around the Globe, commercial and institutional customers alike rely on our leading-edge technology.

A Preferred Supplier Worldwide

Airbus Defence and Space is a technological pioneer and the global market leader (2015) in Telecommunications Satellites.

We are also a preferred supplier of Earth Observation Systems for European institutions and national space agencies, and the #1 supplier of such solutions for international customers.

We can provide all critical elements needed to successfully implement a comprehensive Satellite Navigation system. In addition, all European navigation payloads are built by us.

Solutions for the Infinite Beyond

Always striving to make the impossible possible: Airbus Defence and Space continuously push the limits of Space Exploration.

We are a global competence centre for all Human Spaceflight related activities, microgravity facilities and robotic space applications.

With decades of experience in the design, development and production of both standard and customised Space Equipment, we are paired with an impressive track-record of in-orbit missions.

In its first four variants, our Ariane Launchers put half of the world’s commercial satellites into orbit. Ariane 6 will allow Europe to continue reaching for the stars.

One of the largest space systems manufacturers worldwide, we are well known for the outstanding reliability of our products. In short: We deliver the best value in Space.

Top Stories

PerúSAT-1: The First Image is Ready

PerúSAT-1 is a very-high-resolution Earth observation satellite system built for the government and Space Agency of Peru (CONIDA). This satellite was launched in mid-September and CONIDA has now released the first of its imagery, including a spectacular picture of Cuajone, a large copper mine in the south of the country. Such very first views of the Earth from a new Space systems remains a fascinating moment, even after 50 successful Earth observation missions in orbit.

Very First Contract for Bartolomeo

Airbus Defence and Space and Neumann Space, an Australian Space technology company, have signed the very first agreement for a hosted payload aboard the new Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS). With its new Bartolomeo platform, Airbus Defence and Space provides an all-in-one payload mission service: An end-to-end service for fast, cost-efficient and reliable access to the ISS for private and institutional users.

Latest news

Earth Observation

For a weather-independent data source, high-frequency revisits, very-high-resolution imagery or even all of the above in a single system...


As the World‘s #1 for telecommunication satellites, Airbus Defence and Space provide its customers with a maximum...

Space Exploration and Science

From missions like the comet-chaser Rosetta, to the fundamental physics demonstrator of LISA Pathfinder...

Manned Spaceflight

A global competence centre for all human spaceflight-related activities, our additional competences include astronaut training, life support systems for Earth and Space and Space robotics.


Space talk

PerúSAT-1: On its Way
PerúSAT-1: On its Way

Airbus Defence and Space has been chosen by the Peruvian space agency CONIDA to design and manufacture its first Earth Observation Satellite. In the course of this project, a team of over 60 engineers from Peru has come to Toulouse for an extensive training programme.

Click here to read all about it!

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