Our vision: making space a universe of possibilities for everyone

At Airbus, our purpose is to improve life on Earth and beyond through our cutting-edge space technologies. With every technological breakthrough, we bring people closer together, we navigate new frontiers and we discover new and unexplored destinations. And we don't just take innovations to space – our space solutions and projects help solve global challenges on Earth.

But we don’t stop there: we envisage a future where our human economy expands beyond Earth’s orbit and everyone benefits from the value of space. Explore, discover, connect: together, we can make tomorrow more than just another day.

Whether mapping every star in our galaxy or looking back at planet Earth, Airbus has been helping to answer big questions from space and advance space exploration for more than 50 years. Supplying reliable systems that range from electronic components to full telecommunications relay platforms, scientific satellites and crewed spacecraft, developing the technology to send spaceships to planets – Airbus provides solutions for customers and their programmes around the globe.

ArianeGroup, a joint venture with Safran, is the prime contractor for Europe’s record-breaking Ariane launcher. Applying the expertise of two leading contributors to modern launch vehicles, ArianeGroup develops innovative and competitive space solutions. Airbus Defence and Space has accumulated over 30 years of in-orbit operation, launching its first Earth observation satellite in 1986.

Space Portfolio


Earth observation

Innovative satellites to monitor land, sea and the atmosphere



Exceptionally reliable high-performance relay satellites



Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions for all applications

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In Space infrastructure

Global competence for human spaceflight, exploration and experimentation


On ground infrastructure

A full range of modular and secure turnkey services



The preferred supplier of hardware, systems and services



Spacecraft and instruments that unlock secrets of the universe


Business solutions

From data and analytics services to satellite and terrestrial connectivity


Customer services

Strong partnerships throughout customers’ programme lifecycles


Next Space


Airbus is committed to doing the best space possible for the benefit of humanity and dares to be different when needed. That’s Next Space.


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Latest Space news

From the A350 to eyes on the stars!
Chosen from more than 22,500 applicants, Pablo Alvarez Fernandez was selected this month as a career astronaut candidate by the European Space Agency (ESA). He currently is the Airbus Project Management Officer in Getafe, Spain for the A350 commercial aircraft, and previously worked on the ExoMars Martian rover in the UK at Airbus Defence and Space.
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The Moon in our sights
As the Orion spacecraft continues its historic mission around the Moon powered by the Airbus-built European Service Module (ESM), our engineers are already looking ahead to the future ‘lunar ecosystem’ – which is expected to represent a market value in the billions of euros during the next 20 years.
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To the Moon and back: Half-way through the Artemis I mission
The Orion spacecraft took off on its first voyage around the Moon powered by the European Service Module ESM, designed and built by our Airbus engineers. The ESM will supply the astronauts with everything they need to survive in the subsequent crewed missions - from air and water supply to propulsion, energy supply and thermal control.
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