Sunday, 14 April 2024
HIS MAJESTY, KING FELIPE VI inaugurated in March the new facilities dedicated to space activities located in the Airbus plant in Getafe.
The President of the Government and a sizable Spanish government delegation accompanied the King during his tour of this cutting-edge facilities to be used in the design and construction of satellites and launch vehicles.
Las nuevas edificaciones cuentan con una superficie total de 36.000 m2 destinados al diseño, producción e integración de satélites y grandes estructuras de lanzadores. Son unas instalaciones industriales 4.0 de última generación que cuentan con una línea de pulso para la fabricación y montaje de estructuras de lanzadores en serie totalmente automatizada. Su producción incluye principalmente elementos del lanzador europeo Ariane 6, aunque también se fabrican piezas para cohetes como el Vega C, Falcon 9 y el H3 japonés.
The section dedicated to satellite production will have an area of 14,000 m2, which include areas for manufacture and assembly, as well as clean rooms for integration and satellite and payload testing, cementing Airbus’ role as a major satellite contractor and trailblazing company in the Spanish space sector. Proof of this is that the first Copernicus satellite awarded to Spain will be designed and built by Airbus at these facilities. Located south of Madrid, the center located in Getafe has become one of the most important owned by Airbus in Europe. Indeed, it is the third-largest European aerospace facility after Toulouse and Hamburg. With the return of space-related activities to this center, Getafe covers the entire Airbus lines of business: commercial aircraft, helicopters, defense and, now, space.

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