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Airbus defence and space’s system design of european service module for US MPCV spacecraft Orion approved by ESA


The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved the world’s second largest space company Airbus Defence and Space’s system design of the European Service Module (ESM) for the American human Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Orion, containing the critical propulsion, power supply and components of the life-support systems of the spacecraft. This approval gives the green light for the implementation phase, meaning that the initial hardware can now be built in the form of a structural test model. This model will initially be used for static tests,... Read More »

Fully qualified flash memory optimizes satellite data storage


The flash memory Solid-State Recorder (SSR) products of Airbus Defense and Space have passed all NASA space qualification test requirements successfully. In addition, the company’s flash-based SSR has exceeded 20 months of operation in orbit onboard SPOT 6, the first commercial satellite to deploy this technology. The Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defense and Space is the only company with a commercially available SSR with flash technology certified for space applications. For US customers, Airbus Defense and Space flash memory is qualifi... Read More »

Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi propose joint approach to Europe’s next generation drone


Europe's Industry is ready to develop a next generation advanced European Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). After their call for the development of a European drone at last year's Paris Airshow, the three most relevant European aeronautical companies have now agreed on further details for a joint approach. Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, delivered a proposal for further defining a European UAS to the Ministry of Defence of France, Germany and Italy. The offer proposes a Definition Phase w... Read More »

British airways’ newest double decker dnd minibus arrive


The largest aircraft in the fleet, the A380 and one of the smallest, the A320, stood nose to nose at Airbus’ site in Toulouse before British Airways pilots flew them into Heathrow. The aircraft are part of British Airways’ £5bn investment to improve customers’ experience in the air and on the ground. The A380 is one of five arriving this year – British Airways will take delivery of 12 by 2016. The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and 16 per cent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it repl... Read More »

AXA becomes the first French brand and first insurer worldwide to launch a “.brand” website


AXA Group is one of the very first companies to have been assigned the management of a top level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization which coordinates domain names and internet addresses at a global level. There are multiple perspectives offered by the .axa. The exclusive control of the .axa will lead to a sign of recognition and trust for the consumer. In addition, the AXA brand’s visibility and coherence will be enhanced. Lastly, the Group will be able to better structure its global o... Read More »

First GDF SUEZ long term LNG sales to Japan


The long term contract will start in 2018 and last for a 20-year period. Volumes will be supplied with natural gas from the US which will be liquefied in the Cameron LNG plant. GDF SUEZ will be one of the first companies to supply Asia with American LNG, thanks to its LNG carrier’s fleet and a diversified LNG portfolio. The Cameron LNG export project which partners are GDF SUEZ, Sempra, Mitsubishi and Mitsui has received conditional approvals from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partial agreement from the Federal Energy Regulatory C... Read More »

A2pas: 30 new stores in Paris


These 4 new partners who join the A2pas network have recognised expertise in convenience stores and solid experience in food distribution. Deployment will be progressive and start this summer, once approval has been obtained from the French antitrust authorities. Located at strategic points of the capital, these new facilities will considerably strengthen the A2pas network of stores with a view to achieving the 100 points of sale target by 2016. A new convenience store concept A2pas is a growth driver and the Groupe Auchan's answer to ... Read More »

Ferry company prepares to welcome D-Day heroes


Brittany Ferries has linked Portsmouth with the Normandy town of Ouistreham, near Caen, since 1986, and for many of its customers, the route carries an unmistakeable symbolism. In 1944, Portsmouth was one of the key strategic locations across the south coast where thousands of Allied troops left for Normandy. Meanwhile, Ouistreham sits on the edge of Sword Beach, the easternmost of the five Normandy landing sectors where on D-Day 150,000 men came ashore. Over 4,000 of them were lost. Nowadays, for the 900,000 passengers who use the Portsmouth-C... Read More »

Essilor International wins innovation award for Crizal Prevencia research


The Fibre Innovation Award is part of an annual event organized by Opticsvalley and held at the Paris Pierre and Marie Curie University celebrating advances in technology designed to benefit society. Essilor was one of 11 candidates selected by a jury to present a three-minute overview to an audience of over 200 people who then voted for the best innovation. Coralie Barrau, R&D Research Engineer in Optics, explained the research conducted by Essilor International and the Paris Vision Institute to identify precisely the specific band of b... Read More »

Airbus Helicopters’ EC175 makes its North Sea debut and announces extra payload


The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the 7-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its outstanding Category A performance and its mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus Helicopters will announce an increase to the EC175’s maximum take-off weight, up to 7,800 kg, offering significant additional payload of 300 kg or an additional 40NM radius of action. The extended MTOW provides a... Read More »

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