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Connecting students and academia

From April 19th to 21st, nearly 30 representatives from 20 partner universities around the world gathered with some 70 Airbus employees at the Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse. This 5th Annual Meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Programme focused on how universities and industry can work together to define and develop competencies that meet the rapidly changing needs of the aerospace industry.

Committed to education

Gazelle’s 50th anniversary

Gazelle’s 50th anniversary
Fifty years after its maiden flight on 7 April 1967, the Gazelle is still appreciated by nearly 100 customers in 34 countries for its ease of maintenance and high reliability. Developed and manufactured in cooperation with the United Kingdom at the end of the 1960s, more than 1,250 Gazelles have been delivered. Today 470 rotorcraft – more than a third of all Gazelles manufactured – are still in service, 100 of which are operated by the French army. It was also the first helicopter equipped with an encased tail rotor, known as Fenestron.

Electrical innovations for Clean Sky

Airbus’ work during the Clean Sky joint technology initiative included flight testing of a more eco-efficient electrical environmental control system on the company’s in-house A320 testbed aircraft. This demonstration formed part of Europe's Clean Sky 1 research initiative, which has formally finalised. Several of the programmes's key technology demostrators will be completed during Clean Sky 2.

Learn more about Clean Sky 2

The RMAF’s fourth A400M delivers first humanitarian cargo to Malaysia

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered together a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain, to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Asia Pacific Regional Office in Malaysia. The relief supplies will be used to prevent malaria outbreaks following future natural disasters in the region. The collaboration has been facilitated by the Airbus Foundation and utilised the delivery flight of the fourth A400M to the RMAF.

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At the forefront of 3D printing

Airbus completed preparations for the new additive layer manufacturing (ALM) / 3D printing machines at its Filton, UK facility. The new facility has two temperature and humidity-controlled rooms housing two cutting-edge machines – one using Arcam’s electron-beam technology and another using Renishaw’s latest laser melting platform. Before any ALM parts are used on its aircraft, Airbus will master the ALM process and understand every aspect of production, both to satisfy the regulatory authorities and to ensure consistency in the supply chain.

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H135 Helionix at Heli-Expo

Airbus is highlighting its wide range of helicopter products and services at this year’s Heli-Expo, 7- 9 March at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The rotorcraft lineup includes the H130 in a VIP configuration; the H145 in a public services configuration and the recently certified H135 equipped with the state-of-the-art Helionix digital avionics suite. This H135 – pictured here in flight over Dallas - will embark on a demo tour of the US and Mexico after the show.

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Showcasing down under

Airbus will feature its wide range of products, leading-edge capabilities and industrial partnerships in the Pacific via a high-profile presence at the Avalon Airshow in Australia as the 13th edition of the show kicked off yesterday, 28th February 2017. The highlights include a static display of three leading military aircraft; a Royal Australian Air Force A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), a UK Royal Air Force A400M strategic airlifter, and a French Air Force CN235 light transport aircraft.

The star of the show

Airbus A380 Le Bourget
As part of its contribution to preserving aviation heritage, Airbus will be transferring four of its test aircraft to museums: the Museum of Air and Space in Paris-Le Bourget and Aeroscopia in Toulouse. On 14 February 2017, the A380 MSN4 set its iconic place at Le Bourget, in one of the largest aviation museums in the world.

Saving the best til last!

A350 MSN65
The last A350-1000 test aircraft took off on 7 February for the first time. This particular aircraft, MSN065, will be dedicated to all tests related to the cabin. Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 – scheduled to enter service in 2017 – is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ A350 XWB Family of widebody aircraft.

Tim Peake and Airbus share the wonders of space

Tim Peake Airbus
© Max Alexander and Airbus

On 26 January 2017, astronaut Tim Peake opened the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) centre in Stevenage, UK.
The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space is a multi-functional education centre and comprises interactive exhibits, an area to deliver classes and workshops and a viewing gallery connecting with engineering activities.

Living Legends of Aviation

Legends of Aviation Tom Enders
©Larry Grace Photography / Living Legends of Aviation

The "Living Legends of Aviation" are admirable individuals of significant accomplishment in aviation which include entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. The legends meet on a yearly basis to recognise and honour those who have made great contributions in aviation. Tom Enders, Chief Executive Office of Airbus, lives and breathes this industry. From a literal shepherd and to a figurative one, his success as a leader has extended through his life. Tom Enders is, undoubtedly, a Living Legend and a role model for future generations in aviation.

From legends to legends

Winter is here

Airbus H160
The H160 is in Yellowknife, Canada to perform its cold weather campaign in extreme temperatures. The H160 was unveiled at the Heli-Expo trade show in March 2015 and is an innovative medium helicopter becoming the first new member of the H generation. The entire design was based on one overriding goal: to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. Both cleaner and quieter, the H160 takes a step forward in respect for the environment.

Brightening the bad

Airbus Group Star Wars
Daniel Dreyer’s ID number is TK 1012. Why does he have one? Because the Airbus Innovations cockpit designer is a member of the 501st Legion, the world’s biggest Star Wars costuming organisation. The costumes are screen-accurate replicas and meticulously hand-made. Daniel and the Legion members combine their passion for costuming with charity by organizing an annual event to raise money for German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe).

Along came metal

Junkers J1
In 1915, while most aircraft manufacturers relied on fabric-covered wooden structures, German pioneer, Hugo Junkers, came up with a vision which revolutionised art plane construction: a plane completely made of metal. The Junkers J1 was the first self-supporting, full metal aircraft that was able to fly and was airborne on 12th December 1915. The introduction of metal was a revolutionary breakthrough which delivered evidence for the feasibility and flight readiness of the full metal concept and also brought more safety and security to pilots.

Europe takes off for space

At the meeting on 1-2 December in Lucerne, Switzerland, the ESA Ministerial Council added another boost to further develop Europe in space. Airbus Defence and Space is particularly pleased by the ESA space ministers’ commitment to manned space activities, notably their green light for ESA to start working on a second European Service Module for the Orion exploration programme. This European contribution will provide the future US-manned capsules Orion with power and propulsion. Airbus is already prime contractor of the first European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The first un-crewed mission, Exploration Mission-1, will be launched in 2018, followed by the first crewed mission to be launched in 2021.

A350-1000 takes to the skies!

A350-1000 first flight

The maiden flight of Airbus’ A350-1000 – the latest member of the all-new A350 XWB widebody family – took place on 24 November 2016 kick-starting its fast-paced test and certification programme. The campaign will culminate with the jetliner’s entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with first operator Qatar Airways – the largest A350-1000 customer to date with 37 on order.

Bréguet XIV celebrates its first flight 100th anniversary

Louis Breguet XIV
The Bréguet XIV celebrated its first flight 100th anniversary in Toulouse on 21st November 2016, sharing its fame on the runway with the A350 XWB. The aircraft was rebuilt from A to Z from 1992 to 2003, taking 15 aviation enthusiasts 11 years to reconstruct the legendary airplane. It was granted its certificate of flying competence in 2009 and is today the sole and unique Bréguet XVI aircraft capable to take to the skies.

Bridget ‘lands’ on Trafalgar Square

A replica landscape of the planet Mars created by artists and engineers was unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. Airbus Defence and Space ExoMars Rover prototype ‘Bridget’ appeared over the surface of the 400 square metre canvas, which featured craters and canyons. Scheduled for landing on the Red Planet in 2019, the rover will travel several kilometres across the Martian surface to search for signs of microbial life, past or present.

The Sky is Not the Limit

Find out more about Space ExoMars Rover and the Red Planet's surface.

Vahana, a skyward secret!

4 November 2016
To address the rising concern of rush-hour traffic, Airbus is seeking skywards for solutions to relieve urban congestion. A³, the Silicon Valley arm of Airbus, revealed its secret flying-car project named Vahana, a single-manned, autonomously piloted aircraft. The aircraft is composed of eight rotors on two sets of wings, both of which tilt depending on whether the vehicle is flying vertically or horizontally. The project was initiated in early 2016 and is considered one of the first pursuits of A³.

MetOp-A still going strong

Met-Op-A Airbus Defence and Space
Launched on 19 October 2006, Met-Op-A, Europe's first polar orbiting weather satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space is still going strong after 10 years - the double of its specified lifetime. It has orbited Earth almost 52,000 times, delivered more than 100 Terabytes of weather and climate data 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and improved weather prediction significantly, helping to save lives and protect property.

Launch of the H175 flight test campaign

Airbus Helicopters H175
On 12 October, Airbus Helicopters kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded week 12 flights which included a demonstration carried out with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS). Hong Kong’s GFS became the launch customer for this new variant in September 2015 with an order for seven units. Flight-test activity of the public services variant will resume in December, with two additional aircraft to support the certification process ahead of a planned entry into service in late 2017.

PerúSAT-1 first images

Airbus Defence and Space PerúSAT-1 first images
© CONIDA 2016 - The PerúSAT-1 satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space has delivered its first images on 5 October after its successful launch on 16 September from Kourou. PerúSAT-1 was constructed in a record time of less than 24 months and has now reached its operational orbit at an altitude of 695km from which it has delivered its first images for the Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA).

Perlan underway in Argentina

Perlan Mission II Argentina Airbus Group
After building and testing the glider in the U.S., the next phase of the project is now underway in Argentina. The Perlan 2 will fly to 90,000 feet at the edge of space via the science of giant mountain waves in order to learn more about the ozone hole and global climate change models. This required the engineering of a “spacecraft” with glider wings that can fly in less than 3% of normal air density and at temperatures of minus 70 degrees C, conditions approximating the atmosphere of Mars. These missions will provide new scientific insights, as well as inspiration for young people seeking careers of exploration and adventure in engineering and science.

"The Official Helicopter of the Dallas Cowboys"

Dallas Cowboys Football Airbus Helicopters
This fall, a new H145 will be flying over Texas (U.S.A.) as it ferries the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and his VIP passengers to and from games of this iconic American sport. As part of the sales deal, Jerry Jones has included rights for Airbus Helicopters to become "The Official Helicopter of the Dallas Cowboys." The new H145 will provide the Cowboys management team with dependable, time-saving and convenient transportation.

Philae rediscovered!

Philae Rosetta Mission
©ESA - Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta, built by Airbus Defence and Space-led industrial team, was launched in 2004, and has travelled over six billion kilometers. The images were taken on 2 September by the as the orbiter came within 2.7 km of the surface and clearly show the main body of the lander, along with two of its three legs.

A400M clears sand strip landing tests

A400M new generation sand testing
The A400M new generation successfully demonstrated its capability to operate on a sand runway delivering excellent performance in taxying manoeuvres, take-off and landing on the 1,600m airstrip at Woodbridge in the United Kingdom. These tests followed earlier successful results on the gravel surface at Ablitas in Spain and a grass runway at Écury in France.

World Humanitarian Day

Airbus employee Amina Rausch
In December 2008, the sixty-third session of the UN General Assembly designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. World Humanitarian Day honours those, who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those, who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions. The day also seeks to draw attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting these needs. Airbus carries projects and delivers resources to the humanitarian-aid community to help alleviate some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from environmental projects to relief flights.

Airbus Helicopters takes part at Rio

Airbus Helicopters Rio Olympics security
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A fleet of 90 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft has been deployed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for use in surveillance, airspace defense, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, command/control/communication, air medical rescue and electronic image capture during the month of August in Rio de Janeiro and other states where competitions are taking place. This fleet is comprised of 83 military helicopters and seven civil Ecureuils.
Additionally, the Ecureuil has been selected to capture the official aerial images of the Games, as it was for the World Cup in 2014, also held in Brazil.

Pléiades monitors Rio

Pléiades Rio
Copyright: Pléiades Satellite Image – Rio de Janeiro (Barra da Tujica) – 21 April 2016. Copyright: CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus DS.

Airbus Defence and Space’s Pléiades constellation of satellites provided detailed monitoring of the construction of one of four sites for the 2016 International sports championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Engineers have used annotated satellite imagery during the pre-construction phase to prepare infrastructure projects and during construction to keep track of their progress. With a daily revisit capability to anywhere in the world, the Pléiades constellation is able to acquire very high-resolution imagery in less than 24 hours.

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Say hello to the first A350-1000 test aircraft!

a350-1000 airbus widebody XWB
Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose to tail, the A350-1000 – scheduled to enter service in 2017 – is the longest-fuselage version of Airbus’ all-new family of widebody jetliner, which is designed for high efficiency, maximum reliability and optimised performance. In a typical three-class configuration, the A350-1000 seats a total of 366 passengers. The aircraft also supported the Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, which creates the perfect space for both airlines and their passengers reflecting Airbus' key attributes: comfort, service, ambiance and design.

Airbus sponsors record-breaking electric vehicle

TUFast Eco TU Munich Airbus Group
Airbus sponsored the TUfast Eco team from TU Munich in an initiative to build the most efficient electric vehicle - reinforcing support for engineering students who have personal dedication towards innovative ideas. After one year of preparation, on 16 July 2016, the project culminated in setting a new energy-efficiency world record in the category “most efficient electric vehicle” officially registered with Guinness World Records.

Choose. Fly. Love. I Fly A380

More than 130 million travellers have experienced the unrivalled feeling of flying on an A380 – and now Airbus is making a trip aboard the A380 even easier. The company formally launched the ‘I Fly A380’ website during the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, where the aircraft flew daily. This innovative and easy-to-use booking assistant allows passengers to browse all A380 flights, destinations and airlines – then click on the desired flight and be taken seamlessly to the airline website to purchase their ticket.

Airbus A380: The global aircraft

Airbus A380 during Farnborough's flying display
The widebody Airbus A380 jetliner – which is designed for 21st century air traffic growth – showcased its flight capabilities at the Farnborough Airshow's opening flying display. Airbus’ double-deck flagship jetliner grabbed the spotlight and gathered crowds at the airshow with a high-profile flight demonstration.

Going the Xtra mile

A350 XWB Ethiopian Airlines First Delivery
On 29th June 2016, Airbus delivered an A350-900 to Ethiopian Airlines, opening a new chapter for the East African carrier. Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first African A350 XWB operator, expanding the A350 family to a new continent. The airline has ordered a total of 14 Airbus A350-900 aircraft – the world’s most moder long-haul, wide body jetliner.

First A400M for Spain leaves the paintshop

First Airbus A400M for Spain leaves the paintshop
On 17 June 2016, the first of 27 Airbus A400M on order destined for the Spanish Air Force has finished its painting process and appeared in the colours of the customer. The aircraft, production number MSN44, left the paintshop at the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville and will now undergo ground tests in preparation for its first flight in mid-July. Spain will follow France, Germany, Malaysia and the UK in introducing the transport, which is also now on order for Belgium and Luxembourg.

Chinese consortium purchases 100 H135s

H135 Airbus Helicopters
© AIRBUS HELICOPTERS - On 13 June 2016, a Chinese consortium placed an order for 100 H135 light-twin helicopters. The consortium composed of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Company (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co. Ltd is China's first customer to form an industril partnership to launch an H135 final assembly line in Qingdao. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were both present for the contract ceremony highlighting a significant milestone in the field of local general aviation industry in Qingdao.

The Euro 2016 mapped by Pléiades

The Euro 2016 mapped by Pléiades
France and Romania will kick off the UEFA European Football Championship at the Stade de France (seen here) in St-Denis, Paris on 10 June. Airbus Defence and Space Pléiades satellite images reveal the main development principles around the ten stadiums that will play host to the Euro 2016 in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. These principles can be seen on each stadium: integration into a multisport park, proximity to a metro or train station, large parking facilities and access to ring roads or four-lane urban highways.

Making speed smarter

Airbus Helicopters’ new high-speed, compound helicopter demonstrator is currently being built as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. A mock-up of the breakthrough airframe design underwent wind tunnel testing in an Airbus facility and the tests proved the viability of the chosen design. With flight-testing expected to start in 2019, this helicopter also aims to pave the way for new missions set for 2030 and beyond, by providing crucial emergency or door-to-door transportation services to European citizens where they need it most.

More on the LifeRCraft project

"Take off for a successful life"

Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge
The Airbus Foundation’s flagship youth development programme “Airbus Flying Challenge” celebrated its 5th anniversary on 30th May 2016, continuously inspiring young individuals to pursue their education and discover their professional vocation through mentoring with Airbus volunteer employees.
The Fyling Challenge is currently present in five locations: Toulouse, Wichita, Mobile, Getafe and Càdiz and will be extended to three new sites over the course of 2016: Paris, Munich and in the UK.

Highway to the future

APWorks 3D notorcycle APWorks Tom Enders
Tom Enders takes the Light Rider for a spin, the world's first 3D printed motorcycled launched on 20th May 2016 by Airbus APWorks. APWorks, a 100% subsidiary of Airbus, has worked at the forefront of ALM and 3D-printing innovation in industries ranging from robotics to automotive and aerospace since its launch in 2013. Its newest creation is made using Scalmalloy® material, weighing in at a svelte 35 kg and with enough power to go up to 80km/h.

Ground control to Major Tom

Tom Enders
(© Perlan Project) On May 7, Airbus CEO Tom Enders joined the Perlan Project team in Minden, Nevada during the glider's final phase of testing before its record-flight in El Calafate, Argentina. An experienced helicopter pilot and an aviation enthusiast, Enders co-piloted the pressurised stratospheric glider with Perlan chief pilot, Jim Payne, and also took the controls of it to experience the unique handling qualities of an aircraft optimised to fly in air almost as thin as the atmosphere on Mars.

Astronaut Tim Peake operates Mars rover "Bridget"

(© ESA) On Friday 29th April 2016, astronaut Tim Peake drove a Mars rover named Bridget in Hertfordshire from the International Space Station as part of ESA's Meteron project that aims to prepare future human-robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The results were beamed live to scientists at the Airbus Defence and Space Mars Yard Test Area in Stevenage.

Searching the Red Planet's surface

Honouring Mother Earth

Spot 6/7 eyes the Kiribati Republic, the first state threatened by rising sea levels
Today, the majority of Kiribati's 33 coral atolls are less than six metres above sea level. A trend that, if continued, will take this Pacific archipelago underwater within a century. In order to take action and coinciding with the celebration of International Earth Day on April 22, the United Nations headquarters will host the opening for signature of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, designed to help all nations worldwide to build a truly sustainable future for their citizens. Airbus Defence and Space, through its geo-satellites, is helping to collect data for valuable climate change research and mitigation.

Learn more about Airbus' role into climate research

Breaking Ground on the future

Ground-breaking ceremony for the E-Aircraft System House
Breaking Ground of the E-Aircraft System House and launch of the new materials research laboratory at the Airbus Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site, a location thriving towards a new wave of innovation. On the same occasion, a partnership with Siemens was formed after both companies agree to join forces in the field of electric aircraft and collaborate on a hybrid electric propulsion project.

Hasta pronto FIDAE!

Colombian pilot inside the cockpit at FIDAE 2016
The 2016 edition of the FIDAE Airshow has succesfully come to an end. The largest airshow in Southamerica, that broke a visits record this year, had a very special guest: the A350XWB that dazzled youngsters and grown-ups.

Born in the U.S.A

A321 First Flight JetBlue flying over Alabama
Six months after the opening of its first manufacturing facility in the US, Airbus celebrates another milestone in this side of the world: the first Airbus aircraft produced in Mobile took up to the skies on March 21st. An A321, the largest member of the A320 family, that will be destined to JetBlue fleet.

Namaste A320neo!

The world’s first A320neo female pilot, IndiGo’s Captain Karuna Singh
The world’s first A320neo female pilot, IndiGo’s Captain Karuna Singh flew the airline’s first A320neo to India Aviation Airshow, after a direct flight from Toulouse to Delhi International airport that lasted over eight hours. IndiGo is Airbus’ biggest A320neo customer having ordered a total of 430 aircraft placed in 2011 and 2015.

Giving India wings of change

A commitment to safety

Airbus Helicopters H175 over Brazilian sunset
(© Marcio Jumpei Nakatsui) Airbus Helicopters says goodbye to Kentucky after closing a very successful HAI Heli-Expo driven by its unique customer-themed approach. One of the main highlights at the show was the H175, for which Airbus Helicopters has just released a Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM). This follows last year publication of the helicopter industry’s first-ever FCOM for the H225 in oil & gas configuration.

Relive the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo

30 years spotting the Earth

SPOT 1, the first satellite of the SPOT family was launched on February 1986
It's been three decades since the first member of the satellite constellation family SPOT was launched by an Ariane 1rocket. Despite having an initial design life of three years, it remained operational in orbit for 17 years, during which it sent nearly 2.7 million high-quality images down to Earth, for the benefit of scientists, government agencies, regional authorities and many other stakeholders. Thirty years and three generations of satellites later, SPOT keeps being a great space success, having covered the Earth surface more than 700 times providing with priceless data about the evolution of our planet.

The sound of the universe

LISA Pathfinder, ESA's mission to test technology for future gravitational-wave observatories in space, after the separation of the propulsion module.
(© ESA/ATG Medialab) A century ago, Albert Einstein stirred up physics when he introduced his theory of general relativity. Today, we celebrate his revolutionary work with a historical breakthrough: the detection of gravitational waves. This great discovery opens a new window to study the phenomena of the universe, and thanks to projects like LISA Pathfinder, we will soon be able to explore bigger intergalactic events, like the collision of huge black holes or even 'hear' the gravitational echoes of the Big Bang.

Celebrating the year of the monkey

A380 and dancing lions in China
February 8th is a big day for China as it marks the beginning of a new year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey, which in Chinese tradition represents ambition and adventure. China is poised to become the world's largest aviation market and is also home to a growing number of Airbus' manufacturing and support operations – including the single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin (here welcoming the A380.)

The Martian maze

Perspective view in Noctis Labyrinthus
This desert landscape might evoke memories of a faraway galaxy, but the snapshot was taken much closer, right in our Milky Way backyard. This beautiful perspective of the Martian surface featuring Noctis Labyrinthus (the labyrinth of the night) was captured by the High Resolution Stereo Camera, one of the main orbiter instruments of ESA’s Mars Express, for which Airbus Defence and Space is a prime contractor.

Climate research

H125 helicopter collecting data for climate research
2015 was the warmest year by far since record keeping began in 1880, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Airbus satellites and aircraft are helping to collect data for valuable climate change research. For instance, Norwegian company Airlift carries out scientific missions in the Antarctic. They use Airbus Helicopters’ H125 rotorcraft equipped with electromagnetic devices and mounted radars to assess the thickness of the sea ice and record any changes to the glaciers.

See how Airbus is contributing to climate research

Moving forward

3D virtual reality A350XWB
Airbus’ spirit of innovation is maintaining the company’s position as a global aerospace leader, which applies advanced capabilities – such as virtual reality technologies – to constantly find new and better ways for passengers and airlines to fly.

In Memoriam

André Turcat, Concorde's first pilot
The aerospace industry mourns the death of one of the most remarkable pioneers of the past century. André Turcat, who passed on January 4th 2016 at the age of 91, piloted the Concorde on its maiden flight and was the first to fly it at twice the speed of sound. Beyond his aeronautical achievements, Turcat became a politician after his retirement and was the founder and first president of the Académie Nationale de l’air et de l’espace.

The flying donkey

Wing stress test Junkers J1
Nicknamed the 'Blechesel' ('tin donkey'), the Junkers J1 was the world's first practical all-metal aircraft ever built. Designed and manufactured by German pioneer Hugo Junkers, this avant-garde plane had its maiden flight on 12 December 1915. A century later, we celebrate this historical milestone, which represented a revolution for the contemporary aerospace industry thanks to its advanced design and utility. In this picture the Junkers team perform a stress test over the donkey's metal wing.

The rise of the watchers

SPOT 6 satellite imagery, Amsterdam
The role of aerospace on the study and preservation of the climate, as well as the earth observation is crucial. Satellite imagery and scientific data collection are one of the primary sources for researchers to anticipate global climate changes. Airbus Defence and Space satellites, like the SPOT 6 or SPOT 7 form an Earth-observation constellation that provides instant and high quality imagery of any spot of the Earth, allowing countries, like the Netherlands, to update their national maps regularly and ultimately help them mitigate potential consequences derived from climate change, like the rise of the sea level or the increase of rainfall.

Discover how are we helping to monitor environmental impact

L'Odyssée (spatiale) d'Astérix

Asterix, the first French satellite
Launched on November 26 1965 by the French rocket Diamant-A, Astérix (also known as A-1) was the First French satellite. With Astérix, France became the sixth country to have an artificial satellite in orbit and the third to launch a satellite on its own, a milestone that had only been achieved by the Soviet Union and United States until that date.

Discover our activities in France

Knights of the Sky

The Al Fursan, the aerobatics team of the UAE, flies over the A350XWB
Since its foundation in 2010, the aerobatics demonstration team of the United Arab Emirates Air Force known as Al Fursan (in English the Knights), has been ploughing the skies with its unmistakable colorful maneuvers. During the last edition of the Dubai International Airshow, in which Airbus participated, the Al Fursan shared the runway and skies with some Airbus star products, such as the new-generation jetliner A350 XWB.

Relive the best moments of Dubai Airshow

The most wanted bird

A380 inside heart shaped hands
Ten years after its first flight, the A380 is celebrating yet another impressive milestone: more than 100 million passengers have already enjoyed the comfort of travelling aboard the iconic jetliner. A number that increases rapidly, since every three minutes an A380 takes off or lands and that soon will be boosted by the attendance of visitors to the upcoming Dubai Airshow, to be held between the 8th and the 12th of November.

Green is the new black

Biofuel research from algae at the Ludwig Boelkow Campus
Will airplanes someday run on fuel made from algae? Airbus, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich is striving in proving so with the built of the first world's first facility of its kind for the cultivation of and research into algae at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus, located in Ottobrunn.

Helices to the rescue

Airbus Helicopters H225
Airbus Helicopters H225 is an invaluable flying aid for coast guards around the world. The aircraft allows Search and Rescue (SAR) missions to be carried out with greater precision, safety and effectiveness. In its SAR role, the H225 is equipped with searchlights, a winch and a rescue basket, although it can also be rapidly reconfigured to carry out other missions such as coastal surveillance, port security or aid missions for coastal communities.

Celebrating the World Space Week

Jupiter’s moon Europa
Discovery is the main theme of the 2015 edition of the World Space Week, which celebrates the great era of deep interstellar exploration and findings we live in. An enlightening period in which Airbus Defence and Space pays a key role by building some of the spacecraft that will help unveil some of the great universe mysteries. Its latest assignment, JUICE, will travel to Jupiter in 2030 to study the planet and its icy moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa (in the picture) to explore the emergence of habitable worlds.

Learn more about our discovery missions

Looking smart?

An Airbus operator at the A330 FAL wearing smartglasses
Airbus has introduced innovative ‘Smartglasses’ for shop floor staff at its Clément Ader A330 final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse. The device allows operators to more accurately and more quickly mark the position of A330 seats and furnishings to be installed in the cabin.

Find out how the factory of the future will look like

There in a crisis

Red Cross support to refugees
© Carlos Spottorno

The Airbus Foundation is keeping in close contact with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its National Societies who are actively engaged and supporting the refugee and migration crisis, especially in Germany.

Learn more about the Red Cross and Airbus Foundation actions

Celebrating our roots

Franz Josef Strauss in Hanover on board A300B SN 0011974
On 6 September, Franz Josef Strauss would have turned a century. A remarkable milestone that Airbus is commemorating to thank the late German federal minister for having strongly supported the dream that led to the foundation of our company. In this picture, taken in Hanover in 1974, the honoree sits on the first A300's cockpit.

Learn more about the celebration

Enlarging the family

A319 first flight
20 years ago, the third member of the A320 family, the A319, took to the skies for the first time in Hamburg.

The whale that captivated Manhattan

Dornier arrival to New York
On 18 August 1930, Wolfgang von Gronau started his transatlantic adventure aboard a Dornier Wal (D-1422), establishing the northern route over the Atlantic, from Sylt (Germany), to New York, in a pioneer flight that lasted 47 hours.

The saeta reached the sky

HA-200 Saeta aircraft
Designed by a German-Spanish team led by Willy Messerschmitt and manufactured by Hispano Aviación, the first Spanish turbojet aircraft, nicknamed Saeta, took to the skies for the first time on 12 August 1955.

Ain't no mountain high enough

Perlan glider and A350XWB at the 2015 edition of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The Perlan glider aircraft, sponsored by Airbus, was one of the guest stars at the latest edition of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, held in Wisconsin, US. The Perlan II will fly up to 90,000 feet at the edge of space to explore the science of giant mountain waves that help create the ozone hole and change global climate models.

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The colour of the Earth

Sentinel-2A sees Italy as a patchwork of bright colors.
©Copernicus data (2015)/ESA

Launched in June 2015, Sentinel-2A is already offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ that it will provide for Europe's Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. A close-up of an area in Italy's Po Valley is depicted here as a mosaic of bright colours. The European Space Agency selected Airbus Defence and Space as the Sentinel-2 satellites’ prime contractor.