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.


New Astrium Americas Company to Serve North American Market

14 November 2012 (Astrium/EADS PR) – Astrium, a world leader in space technologies, and EADS North America today jointly announced the creation of Astrium Americas, America’s newest space company. A subsidiary of EADS North America, Astrium Americas will bring Astrium’s broad global space capabilities to North America. Astrium Americas will also provide government customers with secure satellite communications services formerly marketed by Vizada, Inc.


UKSA Funds Technology Pathfinder Projects

LONDON (UKSA PR) —  Tests on ‘green’ propellants for space propulsion, the demonstration of pultruded manufacturing of spacecraft components and a feasibility study into the use of Europe’s new radioisotope power systems for space are among the ten winners in the UK Space Agency’s latest competition within the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP).

The UK Space Agency is granting £0.5M [$775,450] to industry and academia following a call to the UK space community for innovative ideas in space technology research and development. The Future Technology Pathfinder Programme is part of the £27M NSTP which has already jump-started 50 high tech space projects since its launch in 2011.


Kazkosmos Turns 5, Looks to Future

Kazkosmos Chairman Talgat Musabayev

Officials celebrated the fifth birthday of Kazakhstan’s space agency, Kazkosmos, on Tuesday as they looked ahead to building a full-fledged space industry that would serve as a key high-tech sector for the nation. A key part of this effort is cooperating with foreign space powers, including Europe, and training a new generation of aerospace workers abroad.

When the Soviet Union broke up 20 years ago, Kazakhstan inherited control of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. However, the country lacked a space agency and much in the way of a domestic space industrial sector. There were few trained engineers and technicians, a problem the nation is still addressing today.


EADS NA CEO O’Keefe Named Chairman of National Defense Industry Association

EADS PR — HERNDON, VA, Nov 22, 2011 — EADS North America Chief Executive Officer and former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe today was named the new Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), America’s leading industry association promoting the defense industry and national security.

“Our national defense industry is a major engine for economic growth and job creation, and I’m pleased to be elected chairman of an association that is advancing the interests of our nation and all members of the defense industry in an increasingly competitive global marketplace,” O’Keefe said.

Prior to becoming CEO of EADS North America in November 2009, O’Keefe served as a company officer and Vice President of the General Electric Company in the Technology Infrastructure sector, leading the Washington operations of the GE Aviation business. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chancellor of the Louisiana State University.


EADS Expands in North America

EADS NA PR — ARLINGTON, VA– (April 7, 2011) – EADS North America today announced that it has further integrated and expanded the company’s Space and related product activities in the U.S., supporting government agencies, private sector customers and academia. The line of business (LOB) will be led by John Schumacher, who will serve as Vice President, Space line of business.


Astrium Reports Strong Profits for 2009

Even as parent company EADS lost $1 billion in 2009, its fully-owned subsidiary Astrium reported strong growth, Space News reports:

Europe’s Astrium space hardware and services provider reported a 12 percent increase in revenue and a 33 percent increase in backlog in 2009 compared to 2008, with its services business growing by nearly 18 percent, Astrium parent EADS reported March 9.


ESA Signs First Three Galileo Contracts


January 27, 2010

Yesterday, Mr René Oosterlinck, ESA’s Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, signed the first three contracts for the Galileo full operational capability phase. This event marks the start of building the Galileo operational infrastructure.


EADS, ISRO to Pursue Joint Hypersonic Research as Euro Giant Opens New Center in India


EADS eyes tie-up with ISRO on hypersonic plane technologies
The Economic Times

EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, is keen to forge partnership with ISRO on supersonic and hypersonic aeroplane technologies, a top company official said.

“We are looking very much into the future,” Chief Technical Officer of EADS, Jean Botti, said here today on possible collaboration between the Indian Space Research Organisation and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) going forward.


EADS Hires Former NASA Administrator O’Keefe as Air Force Tanker Battle Heats Up


EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, has named Sean O’Keefe as Chief Executive Officer to lead the operations of EADS North America. His appointment is effective November 1, 2009 and he will become a member of the EADS NV Executive Committee beginning January 1, 2010.

Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EADS North America, will retain his position as chairman of the EADS North America board and oversee EADS’ role in the Northrop Grumman KC-45 Tanker offer to the U.S. Air Force. Crosby also will remain on the EADS NV Executive Committee during the leadership transition.


EADS Forms Subsidiary in Japan


EADS, the European aerospace and defence company, has established a new subsidiary in Japan to help coordinate and support the Group’s marketing campaigns and industrial partnerships there. From its office in Tokyo, EADS Japan K.K. will aim to strengthen EADS’ presence in the country and forge further long-term business relationships with Japanese industry and aerospace institutions.


EADS Profits Tank

EADS Q1 net profit down 40 percent
Associated Press

EADS, the parent company of planemaker Airbus, said Tuesday that first quarter profit fell 40 percent as airlines delayed orders and deliveries. The company also took a euro120 million charge for its troubled A400M military transport plane.


2009 Outlook Gloomy for EADS

Aero-News.Net reports that the global recession is beginning to hit the aerospace industry pretty hard:

On another day — and in nearly any other global economic climate — the news shared Tuesday with investors in European Aeronautic Defense and Space Corp. (EADS) would be cause for celebration: after posting massive losses in FY 2007, EADS turned things around in 2008 with a net profit of nearly $2 billion US. Analysts believe, however, the future holds a far gloomier picture for the aerospace consortium.