Our Global Expertise
Airbus Defence and Space is a proud supplier of the European Space Agency (ESA), who has tuned to us for the delivery of some of their most challenging Earth observation missions.
National Missions Worldwide
As the World’s #1 exporter of Earth observation systems, Airbus Defence and Space has successfully delivered such systems across four continents.
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Our meteorology satellites enhance meteorological knowledge, weather forecast and climate change monitoring. They combine optical instruments, atmospheric sounders and microwave instruments to perform a complete range of observations.
As part of the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, Airbus Defence and Space has been selected as the supplier of numerous Sentinel satellites as well as instruments aboard these satellites.
Since the launch of its first Earth observation satellite in 1986, Airbus Defence and Space has successfully built and delivered almost 50 Earth observation satellite systems, accumulating over 300 years of in-orbit operation. Not a single one of these missions has ever failed in orbit.
Today, many of our satellites are in operation well beyond their originally scheduled lifetime.
At the same time, several new satellites as well as numerous payloads for customers around the Globe are currently in construction in our facilities.
The Peruvian Space Agency CONIDA trusted Airbus to design and manufacture its first Earth Observation Satellite: PerúSAT-1. In the course of this project, a team of over 60 engineers from Peru has come to Toulouse for an extensive training programme. These experts are now in the best position to tell you the complete success story.
Airbus Defence and Space developed the SSOT Earth observation satellite for the Chilean Air Force (FACh), in order to access high-quality satellite imagery. In Chile, the spacecraft is commonly known as "FASat-Charlie". It was launched on 16th December 2011, hence celebrating its fifth anniversary in orbit. Read more about this success story.