The change from Astrium Services to the new Airbus Defence and Space is part of a rebranding throughout the wider EADS organisation. Earlier this year, EADS became Airbus Group, with three distinct divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters.
The entire Astrium Services portfolio of satellite communications and geo information services will continue under the newly created Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS) business line of Airbus Defence and Space.
"The new Airbus Defence and Space set-up will allow (us to bring) all governmental and commercial satellite communication activities together into one integrated satcom unit, as part of CIS," said Erik Ceuppens, newly appointed head of the satellite communications programme line.
"The mission of the new satcom unit will be to be the provider of choice for trusted satcom-enabled solutions, with a very strong customer focus across all our key vertical markets."
"We’re proud to operate under the Airbus name and its association with technology excellence."
The reorganisation will be rolled out gradually during the course of 2014. All parts of the new division will be rebranded as Airbus Defence and Space over the coming months.
The new division employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.