Airbus Appoints New Head of On-Orbit Services and Exploration

Handing over the key: Bart Reijnen symbolically hands over the Bremen key to his successor Oliver Juckenhöfel. (Credt: Airbus)
Handing over the key: Bart Reijnen symbolically hands over the Bremen key to his successor Oliver Juckenhöfel. (Credt: Airbus)

BREMEN, Germany (Airbus Group PR) — Oliver Juckenhöfel (46) is taking over as the new Head of the Airbus space site in Bremen, with effect from 1 November 2016. At the same time, he is assuming responsibility for On-Orbit Services and Exploration. Bart Reijnen, whom he is replacing in both roles, is in turn taking charge of the Airbus subsidiary Satair Group.

Juckenhöfel will be responsible for all Airbus activities relating to the field of manned space flight and space exploration: all tasks connected with the operation and use of European ISS components, the European Service Module for the NASA Orion mission, space robotics, research in zero-gravity conditions and the development of future service spacecraft.

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Surrey Satellite Expands LEO Platform Capability with VESTA Nanosat

VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)
VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)

GUILDFORD, UK (SSTL PR) — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency.

John Paffett, SSTL’s Director of Telecommunications, commented “The SSTL nanosatellite range provides flexible and highly capable payload accommodation, engineered with SSTL’s unrivalled class-leading reliability and I am delighted that VESTA will be first nanosatellite to be manufactured in our new NanoLab here in Guildford.”

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One Web Announces $500 Million Funding Round, Launch Contracts for Soyuz, LauncherOne

OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)
OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

Highlights

  • OneWeb announces $500 million funding round for 900 satellite constellation
  • Backers include Airbus Group, Coca-Cola, Intelsat, Qualcomm, Hughes Network Systems and Virgin Galactic
  • Largest commercial rocket order ever includes 21 Soyuz launchers and 39 launches of Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne

LONDON (OneWeb PR) — OneWeb, which is building a new global communications system to create affordable broadband services for all, today announces it has raised $500 million of funding from a group of leading international companies.

OneWeb has attracted investment from Airbus Group, Bharti Enterprises, Hughes Network Systems, (Hughes), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., Intelsat, Qualcomm Incorporated, The Coca-Cola Company, the Virgin Group, and Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas Company, owned by Ricardo B. Salinas.

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Competition for Satellite Orders Heats Up as Airbus Opens Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Greg Wyler of OneWeb
Greg Wyler of OneWeb

Amy Svitak of ShowNews takes a look at the battle to win satellite contracts for the rival satellite constellations being pursued by OneWeb and SpaceX.

But in the scramble to compete for a chance to build such cutting-edge constellations, established satellite makers accustomed to producing a handful of high-dollar spacecraft each year have already learned a few things from Silicon Valley, where tech powerhouses are demanding the production of hundreds of small birds per year at a cost of around $1 million each, and even less.

“I think we can make an attractive proposition for the manufacturing of the satellites,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders told Aviation Week & Space Technology in May. Airbus Defense and Space, formerly Astrium, is one of five companies bidding on a constellation of more than 600 Internet satellites proposed by OneWeb. “We build hundreds of planes every year. Why wouldn’t we be able to also build hundreds of satellites?” asked Enders, adding that the company is willing to invest in OneWeb as a partner and to stand up manufacturing facilities in the U.S., as CEO Greg Wyler has stipulated.
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Airbus, Safran Combine Forces for Ariane Launcher Programs

Artist's conception of Ariane 6. (Credit: ESA)
Artist’s conception of Ariane 6. (Credit: ESA)
  • Companies Agree To Reshape Their Space Launcher Business, Create 50-50 Joint Venture
  • New Set-up To Increase Sector Competitiveness and Provide Customers With More Cost-Efficient Solutions
  • Launch of Ariane 5 ME and Ariane 6 Programmes At the Core of the New Industrial Set-Up
  • Signing of Joint Venture Transaction and Initial Start of Operations Expected Before the End of 2014

AMSTERDAM/ PARIS, June 16, 2014 (Airbus/Safran PR) — Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) and Safran (stock exchange symbol: SAF) are further strengthening their relationship to propose a new family of competitive, versatile and efficient space launchers, to serve both commercial and institutional needs.

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EuroSpace: Launch Industry Overhaul, EU & ESA Relations, and Italian Space Corruption

Inaugural Vega flight. (Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja, 2012)
Inaugural Vega flight. (Credits: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2012)

Airbus Boss Calls for Industry Overhaul. Faced with competition from SpaceX, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders says the European launch industry needs a fundamental overhaul to avoid becoming irrelevant.

“I believe we are at a defining moment for Europe’s future in space and Europe’s launcher industry,” Enders said. “We need a major reshuffling of the entire space launcher industry, and not just the industry part but what the government agencies do, in order to make that a profitable healthy business going forward.”

Enders called for more public-private partnerships.  NASA used this approach with SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation to develop new launchers and cargo ships that serve the International Space Station. Reuters

EU Defers Decision on Deepening ESA Ties: Heeding opposition from Germany and Britain, the European Union’s Competitiveness Council has apparently shelved a proposal that would have turned the European Space Agency into an EU agency. The question of how to deepen cooperation between the two organizations will be studied further.

A key concern involves preserving ESA’s juste retour policy under which nations receive the same proportion of contracts as their contribution to the agency. Germany and Britain want to preserve it; France believes it would benefit more from the EU’s policy of awarded contracts on best value regardless of national origin. Space News

Italian Space Agency Stabilizes: The new president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI),  Roberto Battiston, said he has helped stabilize the agency’s strategy and budget after his predecessor resigned amid corruption allegations. Battiston’s priorities include upgrades for the Italian-led Vega launch vehicle and ensuring that the ExoMars 2018 program is properly funded. Space News

EADS Reorganizes, Acknowledges Success of SpaceX

Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

Europe’s largest defense and aerospace company, EADS, has recently restructured and re-branded its operations and announced a series of planned layoffs designed to make the company leaner and more competitive. In the process, officials have acknowledged the competitive pressures placed on it by SpaceX.

EADS re-organized itself as the Airbus Group, with three divisions that include Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, and Airbus Helicopters. The Airbus Defence & Space group includes the space company formerly known as Astrium.

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