Airbus Defence and Space, owned by Airbus Group, is a leading supplier of telecommunication satellites with over 25 years’ experience in their design, manufacture and in‐orbit operations. Early developments included Europe’s first Ku‐band satellite on OTS, the successful ECS‐series of satellites and the high‐power Olympus Ku‐band and Ka‐band satellites. More recently, Airbus Defence and Space has built C/Ku and Ka‐band payloads for many customers, including Eutelsat’s recent KaSat spacecraft. Airbus DS has extensive experience of complex payload manufacture including the complex Inmarsat 4 and Alphasat spacecraft and the Skynet 5 series of complex military satellites. Inside the telecommunication division, the Payload Product Development Department is defining and maintaining present and future telecom payload products and their strategic roadmap. Having a role of payload R&D management with studies and initiatives; this department plans and manages R&D to maximise Airbus DS Telecom payload competitive positioning and prepare the payloads of the future.