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Space History

Explore Airbus Space history from the 1960s to today.

Exploring the mysteries of space

History of Airbus space exploration programmes, including Ulysses, Mars Express, Rosetta, Gaia, and BepiColombo.

Monitoring and understanding the Earth

The Airbus history of Earth observation satellite programmes, including Meteosat, ERS, MetOp, Metop-SG, Sentinel, and SPOT.

Taking human spaceflight to new heights

Airbus history of human spaceflight, beginning with the Spacelab reusable laboratory flown on the U.S. Space Shuttle, followed by development of the Columbus module for the International Space Station (ISS) and the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) resupply spacecraft that serviced ISS. All share a common heritage, with Airbus’ expertise now being applied to the European Service Module (ESM) that will equip Orion – the next U.S. NASA spacecraft that will send humans into space.

IAC Congress 2018

Airbus previews the future of space at the 2018 International Astronautical Congress


Bartolomeo enables the hosting of external payloads in low-Earth orbit.

News (160)

Airbus plans major presence at Spain’s first International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF)

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Airbus signs MOU with Hellenic Space Agency for future space cooperation


Airbus takes next major step for Telesat’s LEO satellite constellation

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Airbus to build multimission satellite for MEASAT

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Hisdesat appoints Airbus and Thales Alenia Space to build two SpainSAT NG satellites

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Photobioreactor: oxygen and a source of nutrition for astronauts

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Infographics (46)


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Documents (470)

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