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Aeronautics and space

Toulouse is the historic site of the French aeronautics and space industry with Airbus Group's HQ, and hosts a quarter of all European space employees.

11st assembly line

for satellite production by Airbus and OneWeb


and 85,000 jobs in aeronautics

201610,000th Airbus plane

delivered from Toulouse


employees in Toulouse

Airbus Neo

World capital of aeronautics

  • Airbus Group world HQ: 27,000 employees in Toulouse
  • 85,000 indirect jobs in 700 companies
  • 25% of French R&D in aeronautics and space (€2bn from Airbus Aircraft/year)
  • 635 planes delivered from Toulouse in 2015 and 688 in 2016; 10,000th plane delivered from Toulouse in October 2016
  • Two main sites dedicated to aeronautics:
    • St Martin du Touch: 1st French industrial plant with 650ha et 40.000 employees
    • Toulouse Aerospace: New research and development campus in aeronautics, space and embedded systems of 56ha
  • Key industrial steps in Toulouse:
  • Design, final assembling, flight tests 

European capital of Space

  • Satellite imagery (SPOT IMAGE),
  • Meteorology (METEO France)
  • Oceanography (MERCATOR OCEAN)

> 25% of European workforce
> 12,000 jobs in 400 companies
> French National Space Agency major site (CNES)
> Design and manufacturing of satellites: 10,000 m² of clean rooms
> OneWeb FAL opened mid 2017 using Airbus Group manufacturing capabilities
> Exploration of Mars, International Space Station, Rosetta mission...

Toulouse, European capital of space

Toulouse, European Capital of Space

From the pioneer city in the space sector to the European capital of space.

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