• First big-scale Defence and Space event by Airbus in Japan

Airbus’ cutting-edge space and satellites technology, and the company’s long-standing expertise and market leadership in the business, was the highlight at this week’s inaugural Airbus Space Day in Japan.

More than 200 participants from Japan’s space and communications industry, as well as government organisations, took part in the event, which was held at Tokyo’s academic center Ochanomizu on Wednesday April 26.

Several speakers from Airbus highlighted the company’s technological advancements in the space sector, upcoming capabilities in improved intelligence, and in new space manufacturing and services capabilities.

Participants also heard from external speakers such as Masanori Tsuruda, Director, Space Industry Office at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), as well as Professor Hiroshi Yamakawa, who research space science and technology at the country’s Kyoto University

The event provided an insight into the company’s latest products and services, and facilitated networking opportunities between Airbus employees and participants from Japan’s space sector.

Stéphane Ginoux, President of Airbus Japan, said at the opening ceremony: “Several Japanese companies and Airbus have established strong ties based on our complementary technological capabilities. This provides the foundation to develop advanced space missions with our Japanese partners, especially in the fields of telecommunications, earth observation and orbit services.”

Francoise Begaud, the Vice President of business development in Japan for Airbus Defence and Space, added: “Airbus Space Day helps Japanese industry to understand our capabilities, and know what we have achieved globally in the space and satellites business. We are confident that this will lead to innovative joint projects with Japanese companies that have cutting-edge technologies.”

Given the success of the first Airbus Space Day, the company plans to turn this into an annual event. This will help Airbus to keep the Japanese industry and government organisations updated on the company’s latest technologies, and facilitate the exchange of information.

Airbus has recently enjoyed increased success in the Japanese commercial aircraft and helicopter market. Over the last few years, the company has won orders from Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings, the country’s two largest carriers. In addition, more than 95% of Japan’s low-cost carriers operate Airbus fleet. Airbus has also won more than 50% of the civil and para-public helicopter market in Japan.

“The company hopes to build on this momentum to help develop Japan’s defense and space market as well,” said Ginoux.