Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) is going to develop and manufacture an advanced, medium-class satellite platform in cooperation with Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, this according to the head of Airbus DS in Russia, Vladimir Terekhov.
Terekhov noted that the companies consulted with potential customers to ensure they develop a product that would be in accordance with the demands of Russian and international markets. The two companies plan to participate in several projects and tenders with the new platform over the next two years. In February of 2016, Airbus DS, RSC, as well as Russian Space Systems, Energia SAT and Synertek, entered into a five-sided agreement on developing civilian commercial satellites and the expansion of manufacturing facilities in Russia.
France-based Airbus DS appeared in 2014 amid restructuring of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS). RSC Energia is one of the leading space-rocket industry enterprises in Russia and a developer of a full range of rocket and space technologies.
"This platform is our latest product created jointly by our industrial cooperation, that is why it does not even have a name so far... The platform is designed for creation of geostationary commercial medium-class satellites," Terekhov said to the infosite, RIA Novosti.