Solar Array and CESS for Jason-CS

2016 04 28 SolarGenerator and CESS for JasonCS Satellite

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SpaceTech GmbH was selected to design and manufacture the Solar Array for Jason-CS, as subcontractor to Airbus DS. The project kick-off was in February 2016.

In addition, STI will provide a set of CESS (Coarse Earth & Sun Sensor - a safe mode sensor) for the mission.

The Jason-CS Mission is part of the Copernicus Space Component and is developed by ESA under the GMES Space Component Segment 3 (GSC-3) programme. The main objective of the Jason-CS\Sentinel 6 Mission is to provide a long-term availability of high precision ocean surface topography observations in supportof Copernicus services. The launch for the two spacecraft is planned for 2020.

Successful PDR of Euclid Sunshield

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On November 19th 2015 the project Euclid Sunshield has successfully passed the preliminary design review.

Euclid is an ESA space mission with the goal to give answers to the expansion of the Universe and to the origin of Dark Energy. STI signs responsible for the Euclid sunshield, consisting of the solar array and sunshield for the telescope. Besides the power generation and the thermal isolation of the optical instrument, the reduction of scatter light entering the telescope by at least ten orders of magnitude is crucial for the overall mission performance.



High stability Laser development for NGGM continues

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Left: Optical cavity, Right: Fiber power amplifier [Pictures: NPL/ILT]

The Consortium of SpaceTech, Fraunhofer ILT, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Airbus DS has been selected for the development for the high stability laser (HSL) for a potential 'Next Generation Gravity Mission' (NGGM). This development continues the successful development and testing of the HSL Elegant breadboard performed of the same consortium from 2012-2015 within the frame of ESA TRP.

The HSL is a modular, fibre-based laser system emitting light with a high stability of laser frequency and output power. The objective of this new activity is to raise the maturity of the laser system to TRL 5 on subunit level and TRL 7 on component level.

SpaceTech as prime contractors signs responsible for project management, system engineering, electrical, structural and thermal design. Fraunhofer ILT is responsible for the laser head and the environmental test campaign of laser head components. The National Physical Laboratory is responsible for the reference cavity. Airbus DS performs the environmental test campaign of the laser system.



Wolfgang Pitz joins SpaceTech's Board of Directors


From left to right: Wolfgang Pitz, Frank Gilles, Bernhard Doll

SpaceTech is proud to welcome Wolfgang Pitz as new shareholder in the Board of Directors now formed by Bernhard Doll (CEO), Frank Gilles and Wolfgang Pitz. Before, Wolfgang Pitz worked for Airbus DS (formerly EADS Astrium, formerly Dornier) in the Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Division for more than two decades. His last assignment at Airbus DS was Director of European Programmes and in this role he was responsible on European level for all large ESA / EU / Eumetsat Satellite Prime contracts.

SpaceTech confirmed as largest German SME in space sector

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As a result of a DLR initiated survey among the German SMEs active in the space business, STI has been identified as the largest "Space SME" in Germany.