Press Releases 2018

13.11.2018

EDRS-C satellite passes acoustic testing with flying colors

Bremen / Ottobrunn, November 13, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based space and technology group OHB System AG, is the principal contractor for the development and construction of the EDRS-C satellite. EDRS-C is the second node of for the European Data Relay System (EDRS), also referred to as SpaceDataHighway, which is a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus. The telecommunications satellite is currently undergoing several months of testing at IABG’s Space Test Centre to validate it for space flight. The SmallGeo satellite successfully completed acoustic testing on November 6, 2018.

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12.11.2018

OHB awarded ESA contract for the development of 3D-printed satellite components and instruments

Bremen, November 12, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of space and technology group OHB SE, has received funding under the European Space Agency (ESA) General Support Technology Program for the development of 3D printing technology for fabricating structural and payload components for satellites. In performing this activity, OHB will be supported by its project partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Additive Production Technologies IAPT, the software company Altair Engineering and cbprocess GmbH.

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09.11.2018

OHB Czechspace s.r.o. commencing business operations in the Czech Republic

Bremen/Brno, November 9, 2018. This month, OHB Czechspace s.r.o., a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, has commenced operations at its new offices in Brno, Czech Republic. The company will be assembling an engineering team at its Brno site, initially concentrating on structural analysis and design services, systems engineering and structural hardware procurement. Czechspace already expects to receive preliminary orders this month. OHB engineer Ariane Wyen has been appointed Managing Director of OHB Czechspace.

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26.10.2018

OHB CEO Marco Fuchs welcomes ESA ministers' resolutions on Europe's future in space travel

„Roadmap for further financing of space programmes for German industry appreciated“

Bremen, October 26, 2018. Marco Fuchs, CEO of the technology and space technology company OHB SE and Vice President Space Technology of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), welcomed the resolutions for a vision for Europe's future in space adopted yesterday by the ESA member states' ministers responsible for space travel at their interim meeting in Madrid.

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25.10.2018

OHB develops and builds ground segment for connecting France to German radar reconnaissance system

Bremen/Koblenz, October 24, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, today signed a contract with the German Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Utilization of the Armed Forces for the development and manufacture of the French SARah Partner Ground Segment (F-SPGS) in Koblenz. The Management Board members Dr Ingo Engeln and Kurt Melching have signed on behalf of OHB System AG.

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22.10.2018

OHB Italia contributing to exploration of Mercury: SERENA instrument launched on-board BepiColombo

Bremen, October 22, 2018. On October 20th at 3.45 a.m. (CEST), the BepiColombo mission from the European Space Agency was successfully launched from spaceport Kourou, French Guyana, with an Ariane 5 vehicle. BepiColombo is the first European mission to Mercury, which will provide measurements to allow unprecedented studies of composition, origin and dynamics of Mercury’s exosphere and polar deposits as well as of the structure and dynamics of Mercury’s magnetosphere.

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04.10.2018

OHB and ESA seal PLATO scientific mission

CONTRACT SIGNED BY ESA DIRECTOR GENERAL AND OHB CEO AT IAC

Bremen, October 4th, 2018.  At the International Astronautical Congress(IAC) currently taking place in Bremen, ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner and OHB Chief Executive Officer Marco Fuchs today signed a contract naming OHB System AG, a subsidiary of listed space and technology company OHB SE, the industrial principal contractor for PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars), the next major scientific research mission. The contract value is EUR 288 million. The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to launch the PLATO space observatory in 2026 to detect and study exoplanets1) that are orbiting other stars. 

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02.10.2018

OHB Group signs Letter of Intent for cooperation with Blue Origin

Bremen, October 2, 2018. The OHB Group today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for future cooperation with the U.S. aerospace company Blue Origin. The document was signed by Dr. Lutz Bertling and Kurt Melching, members of the Management Board of OHB SE, Hans J. Steininger, CEO of MT Aerospace and Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin, during a bilateral meeting at the International Space Congress IAC in Bremen.

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02.10.2018

National Heinrich Hertz satellite communications mission: OHB orders satellite payload from Tesat

Bremen, October 2nd, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of listed technology group OHB SE, has awarded the principal subcontract for the national Heinrich Hertz satellite mission today at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018) in Bremen in the presence of representatives of the Space Administration of the German Aerospace Center (DLR): The Backnang-based company Tesat has received a contract from OHB for the assembly and verification of the scientific/technical payload and for the construction of the repeater for the military payload on board the communications satellite. 

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02.10.2018

Mitigation plan to minimize possible BREXIT impacts

Bremen, October 2, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of OHB SE (Prime Standard; ISIN: DE0005936124), has entered into an agreement with the British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The parties have reached a preventive agreement which minimises the possible impact of the current Brexit negotiations on the Galileo satellite project and regulates the associated measures.

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02.10.2018

EU Commissioner Bienkowska visits OHB

Bremen, October 2, 2018. EU Commissioner for Industry Elżbieta Bieńkowska, accompanied by Bremen's Economics Senator Martin Günthner, visited the space technology company OHB in Bremen. Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB, welcomed the two politicians and subsequently invited them to talks with other members of OHB's management team.

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01.10.2018

OHB participating in the ESPRIT module for future lunar orbital Gateway

Bremen, September 28, 2018. Over the many years in which it has been operating in low earth orbit, the International Space Station ISS has provided valuable new insight  for human spaceflight, thus paving the way for ambitious missions. Now, the ISS partners Europe, USA, Russia, Japan and Canada are casting their eyes to the future and currently planning the next major milestone in human spaceflight, namely a lunar orbital base for crewed missions to the moon or Mars. The working title is currently “Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway” or simply “Gateway”.

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27.09.2018

A visit to OHB:The partners of the “Older employees and the working world” initiative visiting the OHB Space Center “Optics and Science”

Oberpfaffenhofen, September 27, 2018. Yesterday, the partners of the “Older employees and the working world” initiative visited OHB System AG’s Oberpfaffenhofen facility. The main purpose of the initiative is to enable older employees to work for a long time in good health and duly motivated.

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27.09.2018

#OHBgoesIAC: Home game for OHB at IAC in Bremen

Bremen, September 27, 2018. Together with its international subsidiaries, space and technology group OHB SE will be exhibiting at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen on October 1 - 5. OHB has its own stand and will be holding various presentations and organizing sessions at IAC, which is taking place at the Bremen fair grounds and is expected to attract 4,500 international experts from the aerospace industry. The Group will be receiving a particular honor in the form of the Wernher-von-Braun Team Award, which is being bestowed on OHB’s Galileo team by the German Aviation and Aerospace Society (DGLR).

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26.09.2018

100th countdown for European launcher ARIANE 5

Augsburg, September 26, 2018. Today MT Aerospace an Augsburg based company, and a subsidary of OHB SE, is celebrating the 100th launch of the ARIANE 5 from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This anniversary launch marks an important milestone for European space travel. Ariane5 is an ESA program with ArianeGroup as prime  industrial lead contractor. MT can proudly show itself to the public as a key partner in the successful development of the launcher.

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24.09.2018

MT Mechatronics participating in major Heinrich Hertz mission

Mainz/Bochum September 21, 2018. The Mainz-based company MT Mechatronics Germany, a subsidiary of MT Aerospace AG within the OHB group, has today been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five antennas by prime contractor SCISYS Deutschland GmbH for the ground segment of the “Heinrich Hertz” national satellite communications mission.

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19.09.2018

OHB’s Process Control Systems unit awarded second place in top supplier status by Deutsche Bahn in the infrastructure category

September 19, 2018, Berlin/Oberpfaffenhofen. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of aerospace group OHB SE was awarded second place in top supplier status by Deutsche Bahn in the infrastructure category at InnoTrans, the world’s leading transport technology exhibition, yesterday.

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17.09.2018

High-voltage performance at OHB

September 17, 2018, Oberpfaffenhofen. At OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the aerospace group OHB SE, high-tech solutions for space travel and traction current switchgear go hand in hand. For more than 45 years now, the Process Control Systems (PCS) unit has been playing a key role in the reliable monitoring and management of the electric traction power supply for trains across the entire network operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB). Now OHB System AG has been named by DB as a top supplier in the infrastructure category.

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13.09.2018

Small but packs a punch! Flexible clean-room mini cover µCAPE® offers temporary protection for high ISO-class clean-room facilities

Bremen/Oberpfaffenhofen, September 13, 2018. Little brother’s got some moves: OHB System AG, a subsidiary of listed space and technology company OHB SE, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA, has designed a mobile and certified mini clean-room cover for protecting particularly sensitive products in clean-room facilities. Known as the µCAPE®, it is the smaller version of the CAPE®, which has been on the market for several months. 

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07.08.2018

ESA commissions OHB with study on HERA asteroid mission

August 6, 2018, Bremen. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE, has been selected by the European Space Agency ESA as prime contractor for a study on the asteroid mission HERA.

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25.07.2018

Four in one go: OHB Galileo satellites successfully launched

July 25, 2018, Kourou / Bremen. Lift-off for Tara, Samuel, Anna and Ellen: Today at 13.25 hours (CET) the final four Galileo FOC* satellites from Batch 2 commenced their voyage into space on board an Ariane 5 launcher which lifted off from the Kourou space center in French-Guyana.

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20.07.2018

All systems go: Four more OHB satellites for Galileo cleared for launch on July 25

July 20, 2018, Kourou / Bremen. All systems are go for the final four Galileo FOC satellites assembled by Bremen-based satellite engineering company OHB System AG under the second batch awarded by ESA. This is the result of yesterday’s launch readiness review (LRR) completed at Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) in Kourou, where the navigation satellites will be placed in orbit on board an Ariane 5 launcher next Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

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09.07.2018

Big science and industry join forces to innovate new space technologies

9th July 2018: Grenoble, France / Germany – the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) team up with leading European space companies OHB System AG and MT Aerospace AG to tackle industry challenges.

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26.06.2018

OHB CEO Fuchs: Asteroid research to protect the Earth

June 30 is Asteroid Day, which is being supported by OHB SE again

110 years ago, on June 30, 1908, the world was shaken by the largest ever asteroid impact in the recent history of mankind. It devastated an area of around 2,000 square kilometers, equivalent in size to a large metropolitan region, in Tunguska, Russia. The fact that there were no victims was due solely to the fact that the asteroid hit the Earth in the remote Tunguska region in Siberia.

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25.06.2018

Inauguration of OHB Italia new integration and Manufacturing facility

Milan, June 25th 2018. OHB Italia, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based aerospace and technology group OHB SE, has inaugurated a new Integration and Manufacturing Facility in clean environment adjacent to the headquarter building in Milan.

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21.06.2018

MT Aerospace officially opening state-of-the-art facilities for Ariane 6 production in Augsburg

Augsburg, June 21, 2018. Aviation and space technology company MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the technology group OHB SE, has today officially opened the new production facilities for the Ariane 6 at its Augsburg site in a ceremony attended by numerous honorary guests.

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13.06.2018

First anniversary at 36,000 km altitude

Bremen, June 13,  2018. The telecommunications satellite H36W-1 from OHB System AG, which was launched at the beginning of 2017, has been in HISPASAT service for one year now. As the name suggests, the satellite was placed in the constellation of the Spanish satellite operator at the geostationary position above the 36th western degree of longitude. From there, H36W-1 provides flexible broadband coverage in the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands and South America.

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05.06.2018

INNOspace Masters: The winners of the OHB Challenge have been announced

Berlin. 05 June 2018. Today’s award ceremony in Berlin marks the end of the INNOspace Masters ideas competition, and the listed aerospace and technology group OHB SE has chosen the winners of the OHB Challenge: Mathis Martens and Gerben Stouten from the OPE Group in the Netherlands with their project “Biocontroller platform technology to improve microbes on space missions”.

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04.06.2018

Award for OHB SE Supervisory Board member Heinz Stoewer

The news came straight from the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), with some 400,000 members the world’s largest scientific/technical society. Prof. Heinz Stoewer headed the list of candidates for the prestigious 2018 IEEE Simon Ramo Medaille, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in systems engineering and systems science.

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31.05.2018

Galileo: Anna and Ellen on their way to space

Bremen. 31 May 2018.  Our colleagues at OHB System AG, a subsidiary of aerospace and technology group OHB SE, today saw off the last two Galileo FOC satellites* from Batch 2.

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31.05.2018

TEXUS-55 marks successful completion of the double campaign Testing of experiments for later use in space

On the morning of May 31, 2018, the successful TEXUS-55 mission completed the TEXUS double campaign. This year, a double TEXUS campaign has been scheduled for the launch pad in Northern Sweden to make use of synergistic benefits.

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14.05.2018

Research rocket TEXUS tests experiments for space suitability

In the morning of May 13, 2018, an unmanned TEXUS rocket completed its mission in the skies above Northern Sweden. After lifting from the European launch pad ESRANGE near Kiruna at 10:30 a.m. local time, it reached an altitude of 239 kilometers.

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04.05.2018

Tara and Samuel's long journey into space First stage: Bremen - Kourou

OHB navigation satellites for Galileo travel to European launch site in French Guyana

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12.03.2018

Dr. Lutz Bertling and Kurt Melching appointed to the Management Board of OHB SE

Bremen - The Supervisory Board of Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE has appointed Dr. Lutz Bertling to the Management Board effective April 1, 2018. In this new position, he will oversee corporate development, space services and digitalization. In addition, the Supervisory Board has appointed Kurt Melching, who is already a member of the Management Board of OHB System AG and director of finance and controlling of OHB SE, to the Management Board of OHB SE, also effective April 1, 2018. He will be responsible for Group finance.

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08.03.2018

OHB now also with a key role in the second ExoMars mission

Order received for carrier module for the long journey to the Red Planet

Bremen, March 08, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of listed space and technology company OHB SE, and Thales Alenia Space, joint venture Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%, have signed a contract worth € 102.6 million under which the Bremen-based space systems specialist is to supply the carrier module for the second ExoMars mission.

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05.03.2018

OHB team awarded ESA study for resource utilization on the Moon

Bremen / Milano, 5 March 2018. OHB Italia, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based aerospace and technology group OHB SE, has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the definition of the payload for the Lunar ISRU Demonstration Mission (ISRU DM), expected to be flown in 2025

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23.02.2018

New company OHB Satellitenbetrieb GmbH established

OHB SE broadening its service activities

Bremen. The Bremen-based aerospace and technology group OHB SE is expanding its service activities with the establishment of OHB Satellitenbetrieb GmbH. The purpose of the new company is to pool the Group’s numerous activities and to continue specializing in the operation of satellite systems and related ground stations. Moreover, OHB Satellitenbetrieb GmbH will be managing satellite constellations and providing related services.

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16.02.2018

OHB expands activities in the NewSpace sector with the founding of Blue Horizon Deutschland

Bremen – With the founding of Blue Horizon Germany, Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE is broadening its activities in the New Space sector. In April 2017, the listed company founded the start-up Blue Horizon in Luxembourg – as a company intended to substantiate the vision of enabling sustainable living in outer space and revitalising desolated landscapes on Earth. Both are enabled by technologies and processes from the field of “life sciences”.

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15.02.2018

OHB awarded a study for 3D Printing on the moon

Bremen. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE, signed a contract with the European Space Agency ESA for a study “Conceiving a Lunar Base Using 3D Printing Technologies”. OHB is leading a team with three more partners (Comex, Liquifer, Sonaca). The team will evaluate the feasibility and implementation effort of using Additive Layer Manufacturing in the construction, operations and maintenance of a lunar base.

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06.02.2018

“Columbus” flew into space 10 years ago

OHB co-initiator of the research laboratorys

Bremen / Oberpfaffenhofen, February 6, 2018. Tomorrow will be ten years since a major European project literally took to the skies. This was the day on which the Columbus module commenced its journey into space, successfully docking with the International Space Station ISS just a few days later. Since then, humankind’s outpost in space has had a European research laboratory.

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06.02.2018

Partnership between OHB and Fraunhofer IPA

Mobile clean room CAPE® protects sensitive products

Bremen/Oberpfaffenhofen, February 6, 2018. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of listed space and technology company OHB SE, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA, has designed a mobile clean room, which is being presented at LOUNGES 2018, the trade fair for clean-room and pharmaceutical process technology currently taking place.

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02.02.2018

OHB awarded a study to predict weather phenomena in space more effectively

ESA contract worth EUR 3.3 million – space weather effects a threat to infrastructure on the earth

Darmstadt / Bremen – OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE, today signed a contract with the European Space Agency ESA for a study on the satellite-based observation of weather phenomena in space.

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11.01.2018

OHB Management Board member Fritz Merkle and astronaut Thomas Reiter opening SIXDAYS BREMEN

Bremen-based space and technology company OHB making an appearance at the cycling event

Bremen, January 11, 2018. “Being able to fire the starting shot for SIXDAYS BREMEN together with former astronaut Thomas Reiter is like pressing the red button to launch a rocket into space,” says Dr. Fritz Merkle, a member of the Management Board of the Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE.

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