Airbus and the Hellenic Space Agency (HAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering future space cooperation. The MoU will focus on Earth observation, space exploration and future growth opportunities including software research and space policy.
Established in 2018, the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) is Greece’s national body responsible for space and is part of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks.
Another key element of the MoU is to share best practices in encouraging future generations to be involved in space, ranging from promoting STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects to sponsoring research activities relating to space.
The MoU will also look to encourage exchange of personnel between Airbus and HSA to enhance knowledge sharing and understanding. These will include educational initiatives, space applications, research and technology, space policy, law and regulation, and explore long term possible cooperation on space activities.
This agreement between Airbus and HSA follows an MOU that was signed between HSA and the UK Space Agency and announced in January 2019.
Justin Byrne from Airbus Defence and Space UK, said: “This MOU with the Hellenic Space Agency builds on the cooperation we have already begun with the Greek space industry and academia on programs such as Solar Orbiter and ExoMars. We look forward to future collaborations across Earth observation, science and wider space applications.”
The Hellenic Space Agency Chairman Mr. Protopapas Christodoulos said: “Airbus is one of the three largest space companies in Europe. In fact, the first Greek satellite was constructed by Airbus. This agreement opens up cooperation paths between Airbus and the Greek space ecosystem, whether it is the academic institutions or the space industry of Greece.”
On 20 March 2019, the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the purpose of which is to set up the terms and conditions of a favorable framework for the conduct and the implementation of cooperative activities between the two organizations in the space sector.
These actions include the exchange of staff and scientists between the two organizations, the joint organization of space events and seminars and the cooperation in international and national space activities.
The agreement, signed by the UAE Space Agency’s Director General, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi and the Hellenic Space Agency’s Chairman, Mr. Christodoulos Protopapas, will focus on cooperation activities in the following areas:
• Exchange of experts to participate in joint studies, research and activities for technical, operational, and regulatory aspects related to space
• Holding of joint conferences and symposia
• Promotion of the use of products and services developed under the Participants’ programs
• Promotion of educational activities in space science and technology Space research and technology
• Promotion of collaboration between the two countries’ institutes, associations and industries acting in the space sector
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.