Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space is No 1 in Europe and No 3 worldwide and had a turnover over €5.8 billion in 2012. It employs around 18,000 men and women in five countries:
France, Germany, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. 18,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time – bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind.
Guaranteeing Europe’s access to space as the established leader in space transportation, satellite systems and services, Airbus D&S has for over 40 years been dedicated to bring you all the space you need – now and in the future. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
Airbus D&S is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
Contribution to HIKARI
Airbus D&S is involved in HIKARI project via its Spaceplane program team headquartered in Les Mureaux, west of Paris, France, which is also the location of the leading facility of the Space Transportation branch of Airbus Group. As such the Airbus D&S Spaceplane team will provide the HIKARI project first hand experience in developing a brand new class of aerospace vehicles at cross road of aeronautic and space.
Airbus D&S Spaceplane team will lead and manage the propulsion tasks for the complete project. On top it will conduct itself some work packages relying on experience in designing and supplying propulsion system for both Spaceplane and all versions of Ariane 5 rocket.
Last but not the very least, Astrium will help the HIKARI consortium in defining and selecting the high speed transport vehicle architecture baseline which fits best the set of requirements. Especially Spaceplane team will ensure that aerospace certification aspects are properly embedded.