As a spacecraft prime contractor, Astrium Satellites is confronted to the use of CFRP materials in its spacecraft structures. In order to fit with the high expectations of future mission’s performances, Astrium has gained experience over the past years on reinforced materials developments. Hence, it is well placed to identify near term applications of such new materials. From its heritage in space spans over 30 years of successful programmes, EADS Astrium has got a full capability in all fields of space systems engineering and development. This capability encompasses all facets of the space industry and includes Telecommunications, Earth observation, Scientific and Exploration missions together with their associated ground segment hardware and software. Number 1 in Europe and no. 3 worldwide, Astrium employs 15,000 men and women in five countries: France, Germany, theUK, Spain and the Netherlands. 15,000 professionals chosen from among the very best, all passionate about space and driven by the great adventure of our time – bringing the infinite potential of space down to Earth for the benefit of mankind.