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About Astrium

Our expertise

Our business: bringing the benefits of space to you

Astrium's technical excellence and extensive prime contractorship experience extend across all sectors of the space business – launch vehicles, manned space activities and satellite systems and related services.

Astrium boasts some of the most advanced design, manufacture and test facilities in the space industry. It has unrivalled expertise in the techniques and key technologies required for development and delivery of major space systems. The company’s highly skilled, motivated teams ensure that it offers its customers – civil or military, national, institutional or commercial – the very best, most efficient solutions for all their requirements, combining quality, cost-effectiveness, rapid delivery and constant innovation.

Astrium operates via three branches.

Astrium Space Transportation

The European prime contractor for civil and military space transportation and manned space activities. It designs, develops and produces Ariane launchers and ballistic missiles for France’s nuclear deterrent force, is industrial prime contractor for the Columbus laboratory and the ATV cargo vessel operating for the International Space Station, and is a specialist in atmospheric re-entry vehicles, propulsion systems and space equipment.

CEO: Alain Charmeau

Certificates Space Transportation


Astrium Satellites

A world leader in the design and manufacture of satellite systems, with business activities covering civil and military telecommunications and Earth observation, science and navigation programmes, together with a complete range of associated ground infrastructure and space equipment.

CEO: Eric Beranger

Certificates Astrium Satellites


Astrium Services

The unique ‘one-stop-shop’ in the worldwide satellite services market, with unrivalled capability and expertise in secure communications, Earth observation services, and navigation services.

CEO: Evert Dudok

Certification Astrium Services


Specialisms across the board

Internationally recognised, Astrium’s prime roles in a wide range of space programmes are complemented by its specialist subsidiaries: Surrey Satellite Technology, for small satellites and sub-systems, Dutch Space, for space instruments and simulation systems, Tesat for payload components, EADS Sodern for optronics and space equipment, and CILAS for laser technologies and high precision optics.

Astrium also provides launch services, through its shareholdings in Arianespace (Ariane launcher), Starsem (Soyuz launcher) and Eurockot (Rockot launcher), as well as space-based services via telecommunications and Earth observation satellites.

Powerhousing this extensive range of expertise, Astrium offers a unique combination of technical skills and a focused ambition to deliver the benefits that only space can provide.