Pioneering With Passion

At Tesat-Spacecom (Tesat) in Backnang, Germany, almost 1,200 employees develop, assemble, integrate, and test systems and equipment for telecommunication via satellite. Our product offerings encompass highly reliable equipment as for example the travelling wave tube amplifiers, multiplexers, waveguide switches, and modulators, which along with complete systems are delivered globally to all leading satellite manufacturers. Therefore, we offer the complete communication technology necessary, to for example emit television signals over the antenna of a satellite to each household. More than half of all communication satellites in orbit have Tesat equipment on board.

With focus on commercial space programs and the cooperation of military and institutional programs Tesat achieved total sales of 352 million Euro in 2015. To date the company has participated in almost 700 space projects.

At a Glance

Key Facts
  • Has approximately 1,200 employees
  • In 2016 generated sales of 318.7 million Euros
  • Is a fully independent functioning corporation of Airbus
  • Has an equipment capacity of up to 1500 units & up to 75 programs per year
  • With international customer base in industry, science & military
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Organisation

The Profile


Over the course of five decades, Tesat-Spacecom has developed in-depth expertise in manufacturing of payload equipment for communication satellites and has established itself as a clear European market leader. On its 52.000m² premises in Backnang, Germany, about 1200 employees develop, assemble, integrate, and test systems and equipment for telecommunication via satellite. To date, more than 700 space projects have been completed.

Our product offerings encompass highly reliable equipment as for example the travelling wave tube amplifiers, multiplexers, waveguide switches, and modulators, which along with complete systems are delivered globally to all leading satellite manufacturers. Therefore, we offer the complete communication technology necessary, to for example emit television signals over the antenna of a satellite to each household. More than half of all communication satellites in orbit have Tesat equipment on board.

We are convinced that in future global communication will only be viable with the incorporation of space. Therefore, as the first organization in the world, we are developing and delivering equipment for optical broadband communication in space. Using laser, these terminals can transmit data and images between satellites and from satellites to earth. Advantages of laser communication are, for example, the high transfer rate of 5.5 Gbit per second (equivalent to 200,000 pages of information per second) and its stability.

Given our competitive position in the commercial satellite market and the quality standards required of us there, our products are now used more frequently in the various satellite-based systems of the security and defense sectors in Germany, Europe, and the United States.

In addition to our technical expertise, we cultivate our standing in Backnang through social engagement and by supporting public projects.

Management


*1965

Since October 2015 Andreas Hammer is the Chairman of the Tesat-Spacecom Executive Board. From July 2014 to September 2015 he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President Corporate Secretary at Airbus Defence & Space. Before that, from October 2012 to July 2014, he lead as Senior Vice President the central staff functions and the Executive Office at Cassidian.

In 1985 his career started in the army. In 1996 he is company commander of the Radio Company of the Army Forces Command of the Armed Forces. In 1998 he visited the General Staff Course of the Army at the Staff College, he closes 2000 as General Staff Officer. In 2002 he left the army in the rank of lieutenant colonel in the General Staff and goes into the private sector. This is followed by positions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM before he works first time in 2005 for the EADS - later Airbus Group.

Andreas Hammer

- Chief Executive Officer

*1953

Since October 2012 Günther Adam holds his position at Tesat and is responsible for the leadership and corporate management of all operational processes. He started his career at MBB Militärflugzeuge, but already in 1983 switched to the space industry. In the area of space equipment, Günther Adam was responsible for the sector Solar Generator and Electronics in Ottobrunn from 2002 onward. In 2009, he took over the Payload Equipment Department in Portsmouth (UK). Günther Adam graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a diploma in Electrical Engineering.

Günther Adam

- Chief Operating Officer

*1972

Since March 2016 Peter Kapell is responsible for the entire financial sector of Tesat-Spacecom. Since 1999 in the controlling of the space sector in Airbus he accompanied various management positions since 2001. According to his missions abroad at Airbus in Washington D.C. (USA) and Toulouse (France), he lead from 2006 to 2012 as "Head of Direct Material" the areas purchasing, materials management, logistics and customs clearance at Astrium in Germany. In 2012, Peter Kapell joined the division "Defense & Military Aircraft" and was responsible for various financial areas in Engineering Controlling.

Peter Kapell

- Chief Financial Officer