Bart Reijnen appointed new Astrium Bremen Site Director and Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration

Bremen01 February 2013

Bart Reijnen (40) has been appointed the new Astrium Bremen Site Director with effect from 1 February 2013. He will also be Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration within the Astrium Space Transportation business unit. In both roles he succeeds Dr Michael Menking (48), Site Director since 2010 and Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration activities since 2004.

Bart Reijnen’s Astrium remit will extend to cover any activities relating to the area of human spaceflight and space exploration. This includes anything to do with the operation and utilisation of European ISS components, as well as responsibility for the ISS’s Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV, zero-gravity research and development of the next generation of spacecraft for planetary exploration.

Astrium’s Bremen site is Europe’s industrial centre for human spaceflight. With some 1,000 highly qualified employees, the site is responsible for crucial European contributions to the International Space Station ISS, including the Columbus space laboratory and the unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV, as well as operating the European parts of the ISS. Furthermore, the site is developing and building the upper stage of the Ariane 5 launcher – the global market leader in commercial satellite transportation.

Since 2006, Bart Reijnen has been CEO of Dutch Space B.V. in Leiden, the Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrium. He has been working for the EADS group in various roles since 1995.

Michael Menking is transferring to the Astrium Satellites business unit, where he will be Head of Earth Observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) business activities.

About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Astrium had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Astrium is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment; Astrium Services for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.

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