Xavier Tardy has been appointed executive vice president of finance of the division and will also become a member of the divisional executive committee for Airbus Defence and Space, Munich, Germany.
Julian Whitehead has been appointed executive vice president of global business and strategic programs for Airbus Defence and Space, Munich, Germany.
Airbus, Marignane, France, has appointed Mattieu Louvot as executive vice president of its Helicopters Programs.
Airbus, Marignane, France, has appointed Wolfgang Schoder as executive vice president of Airbus Helicopters Programs.
Airbus, Marignane, France, has appointed Alain Flourens as executive vice president of operations for their helicopter division.
Airbus SE, Amsterdam, Holland, has appointed Patrick de Castelbajac as head of Region Asia-Pacific.
Airbus SE, Amsterdam, Holland, has appointed Antoine Bouvier head of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and public affairs.
Laser communications, also called optical communications, is not a new capability. The photon- or light-based technology relies on lasers to transmit data through space by satellite. Experts venture that optical communications will provide unprecedented communication speeds, security, reliability and low latency. The capability’s high-data rates apply to ground, air and space applications, making it a versatile tool. For warfighters, this technology offers an alternative to traditional radio frequency-based communications.
While American companies are working to build a laser communications infrastructure and market, Europe already has a laser communications system in operation, the SpaceDataHighway. The system can transfer customers’ imagery, video, voice and other data from Earth observation satellites, manned aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles via optical communication geostationary earth orbit (GEO) relay satellites, explains Justin Luczyk, director of business development for Airbus Defense and Space Inc.