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Airbus Joins SIA

SIA Welcomes Airbus Defense and Space as the Association’s Newest Member

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2018 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce that Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., of Herndon, Va., has joined SIA.

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., offers a broad array of advanced space and satellite related products and services to meet U.S. military and government requirements. Capabilities include space systems, commercial SATCOM and MILSATCOM, communications, intelligence and security, ground and mobile networks and Earth observation.  A new Florida satellite joint manufacturing facility is the latest step in the Company’s continued and long-standing support of U.S. manufacturing, job creation and investment.

“SIA is pleased to welcome Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. and its satellite manufacturing, satellite communications, networking and government customer heritage to the Association,” said Tom Stroup, President of SIA. “Airbus and its leadership have a rich history with other Association Member companies, sponsorships, and participation in SIA events including our upcoming DoD Commercial SATCOM Workshop.  As we collectively enter a New Space Age, with all the innovative satellite industry advances currently taking place, we look forward to expanding our relationship with Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.”

“At Airbus our purpose is to improve life on Earth and beyond through our cutting-edge space technologies,” said Tim Deaver, Director of US Space Programs. “With every technological breakthrough we bring people closer together, we navigate new frontiers and we discover new and unexplored destinations, and we don’t just take innovations to space, our space solutions help solve global challenges on Earth.”

About Airbus

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale.  With our extensive network of U.S. suppliers, Airbus is the largest consumer of U.S. aerospace and defense goods in the world – buying more than any other company or even country. Airbus invested $16.5 billion with U.S. companies in 2017, supporting 264,000 American jobs.

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Maxar Technologies; Northrop Grumman Corporation; ; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat, Inc.

SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.;  Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Artel, LLC; Blue Origin; DataPath Inc.; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Globecomm; Globalstar, Inc.; Glowlink Communications Technology, Inc.; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; L3 Technologies; Leonardo DRS; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton: Planet; Telesat Canada; TrustComm, Inc.; Ultisat, Inc.; and XTAR, LLC.

SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Kencast; Newtec; ; RUAG Space; Sheppard Mullin; and Wiley Rein LLP