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Astri Polska - the latest milestone in the Astrium Central Europe (ACE) programme


* Astrium creates a 50/50 joint venture with Poland’s largest space institute – CBK PAN - The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences

* Astri Polska will focus on developing space technologies, applications and services for both Polish and international customers

* The new joint venture forms part of the ACE programme which aims to foster cooperation with emerging space nations and new ESA member states in Central Europe

Warsaw, –Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, has created a new joint venture in Poland – Astri Polska - with CBK PAN, the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Astri Polska was inaugurated in Warsaw last night.

The joint venture is the latest achievement in the Astrium Central Europe (ACE) programme, a key part of Astrium’s strategy in cooperating with Central European countries that joined the European Union (EU) within the last decade and want to become part of the European Space Agency by building strong space industries.

Astri Polska will focus on developing space technologies and applications for Polish and international customers, especially in the areas of spacecraft electronics, photonics and materials, as well as in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications services. A key focus for the joint venture will be developing tailored satellite applications for end users, particularly in the areas of disaster management and security.

Hugues de Galzain, Senior Vice President of Astrium responsible for International Affairs said:

“The Space Research Centre is a key pillar of Poland’s space community and was a natural partner for Astrium as we look to enhance the country’s space ambitions.

The ACE programme is testament to Astrium’s strong commitment in creating successful new partnerships throughout Central Europe.”

Astrium will actively promote Astri Polska across Europe to establish strong links with both the continent’s space industry and wider space community.

The ACE programme has enabled Astrium to form strong links with some of the newest EU member states, who are currently defined as European Cooperating States (ECS) within ESA. Through the ACE programme Astrium is working closely with ECS such as Hungary, Estonia, Romania and Poland to facilitate the development of space programmes in these countries as they work towards full ESA membership.

Last month Astrium opened a new office in the Czech Republic, which was a ECS before becoming a full member of ESA in 2008.

About Astrium

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Astrium had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.


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