Paris — A management shake-up at Europe’s Airbus accelerated on Tuesday as Nicolas Chamussy was replaced as the head of Space Systems. Airbus said the 51-year-old space engineer would have an unspecified future role, while his job as head of space activities, including the company’s 50% share of the ArianeGroup rocket venture, will be taken by Jean-Marc Nasr. The move comes less than four months after Nasr, 57, was named head of Asia-Pacific, responsible for group strategy and industrial issues and regional sales for Airbus Defence & Space. Chamussy is a former chief of staff to Tom Enders, who stepped down early in April to make way for plane-making chief Guillaume Faury, and has been facing mounting competition from a new breed of private US and other space contractors. Companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, LeoSat Enterprises, and Canada’s Telesat are working to enable data networks with hundreds or even thousands of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional co...

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