Airbus Defence and Space is the world’s second largest space company and one of the top 10 defence companies globally, with revenues of around €13 billion per year and approx. 38.600 employees. Under its current organisation, Airbus Defence and Space is composed of four Business Lines: Space Systems,Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS), Military Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Systems, the most recent Business Line. It brings together a wide portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers across the world, contribute to Europe’s defence and security, and secure Europe’s independent access to and utilisation of space. The portfolio review conducted last year by Airbus Defence and Space has confirmed Space as one of its core business, together with Military Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Systems and related systems and services. 

Figure 1 – Airbus Defence and Space organisation

Airbus Space Systems has been developing satellites for over 40 years and has contributed to virtually all scientific and Earth observation missions in Europe, whether as satellite prime contractor, ground segment contractor or as a major subcontractor. It is currently the European leader for Space industry, and the second leader in the world. Additional information about the company and its main activities can be found on the company’s website: