Astrium Americas Established to Provide World-Class Space

Astrium Americas Established to Provide World-Class Space
Capabilities to the North American Market 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- 

--  Astrium Americas brings Astrium's global space capabilities to serve
    U.S. and Canadian customers
--  John Schumacher, former NASA Chief of Staff, appointed president of
    the new company that will gather Astrium's capabilities in the North
    American market
--  Astrium Americas will also provide government customers with satellite
    communications services formerly marketed by Vizada, Inc.

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. 
"The creation of Astrium Americas as a U.S. company is an important
step in better serving our North American customers," said John
Schumacher, President of Astrium Americas. "The space marketplace is
increasingly global, and we want to provide U.S. government and
private sector customers with the benefits of our commercial approach
to providing space capabilities from complete space systems to state
of the art satellite services." 
Astrium Americas, headquartered in Herndon, Va., will provide
Astrium's advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space
transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to
meet the demanding requirements of U.S. and Canadian government
Government telecommunications services initially will be the most
prominent activity of Astrium Americas, combining the team and assets
from former Vizada Inc., and Astrium Services (formerly Paradigm)
solutions. Based in Rockville, Md., the team will work closely with
U.S. government and Department of Defense agencies to service the
satellite-based communications needs of a wide range of government
users and operations worldwide for their most critical missions. In
addition to offering mobile satellite solutions (L-Band services from
providers such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya), it will provide
vices from Astrium Services' military satellites (X-Band and UHF)
plus services from industry leading fixed satellite service providers
(in C, Ku and commercial and military Ka-Band). 
In the coming weeks, Astrium Americas will provide additional
information on its space transportation, geo-information, satellite
and hosted payload capabilities. 
About Astrium
 Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space
technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had close
to EUR 5 billion in revenue and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in
France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. 
Astrium is the only European company that covers the whole range of
civil and defense space systems and services. Its three business
units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital
infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment;
Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end
solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high
security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and
systems, and geo-information services, worldwide. 
Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS. 
About EADS North America
 EADS North America is the U.S.-based
operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related
services. EADS contributes more than $13 billion to the U.S. economy
annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network
of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va.,
offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and
commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft,
homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense
electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems. 
About EADS
 EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related
services. In 2011, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian
and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 49.1 billion and employed
a workforce of over 133,000. 
Press contacts:
James Darcy 
(EADS-NA, Astrium Americas)
Tel.: +1.703.466.5600  
Jeremy Close 
(Astrium UK)
Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872 
Gregory Gavroy 
(Astrium FR)
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 51 80 32 
Ralph Heinrich 
(Astrium GER)
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971 
Francisco Lechon
(Astrium SP)
Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41 
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