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Astrium Americas Establishes New Space Propulsion Office in North America

HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 --

  • Bob Huebner, former Vice President of AMPAC In-Space Propulsion, appointed the Astrium Americas director of business development for in-space propulsion

  • Allows Astrium to better serve North American in-space propulsion customers

Astrium Americas, an EADS North America company, has opened an office to provide Astrium's in-space propulsion capabilities to the North American market. This new office is based in the Los Angeles area and will initially focus on business development.

"This new office is another step in better serving Astrium's expanding international in-space propulsion customer base," said John Schumacher, President of Astrium Americas. "It will help us to offer Astrium's expertise and capabilities in the in-space propulsion and equipment business to current and new U.S. customers, strengthen existing partnerships in the U.S. and enlarge our supplier base in North America."

Bob Huebner will lead the business expansion effort as the director of business development for in-space propulsion products and services in North America. Huebner brings 20 years of management and leadership experience in growing in-space propulsion businesses. He also has 15 years of technical experience with rocket propulsion, ramjets, scramjets and turbo machinery.

Astrium Propulsion & Equipment, provides design, development, production, integration and testing of rocket engines, complete space propulsion systems, subsystems and components. It provides propulsion systems and components to international customers with thrust levels range from 8 micro-Newton RIT- Xenon thrusters to the 1,350 kilo-Newton N Vulcan LOX/LH2 thrust chambers used on the Ariane 5 launcher.

Astrium is one of the world's leading companies in the design, development, manufacture and testing of propulsion subsystems and thrusters for satellites, interplanetary space probes, platforms, automated logistics vehicles, and launch vehicle roll control systems.

About Astrium Americas
Astrium Americas, an EADS North America company, was incorporated in July 2012 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It provides Astrium's advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of U.S. and Canadian customers.

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 $14 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 Astrium

Together, pioneering excellence

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Astrium had a turnover over EUR 5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Astrium Services, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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