Company Overview

Over the course of five decades, Tesat 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 60,000m² premises in Backnang, Germany, about 1,100 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.

Dr. Marc Steckling

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the board

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Ralf Zimmermann

Chief Programs Officer

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Peter Kapell

Chief Financial Officer

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Mission

Pioneering with Passion

We will endeavour to find innovative solutions by actively exploring and pursueing new ideas

To be the number one partner for your success,

We will act, as an independent supplier, to ensure the success of our customers
We believe that “Made in Germany” is a commitment to quality and reliability
We will act according to the needs of our market and our competitive situation
We will offer the most attractive portfolio of products for space communication
We will secure our continued success through motivated employees and attractive working environments

To set new standards,

We are committed to strict adherence to all applicable legal and ethical standards and make every effort to conserve natural resources
We will, based on our knowledge and experience, set new standards in technology, series production and automated testing in the space industry
We will improve efficiency by mastering our value chain and focusing on our core business
We will continue to invest in the education and training of our current and future workforce

To open borders,

We will master changes and seek new solutions that go beyond today’s state of the art

Connecting people,

We are in direct personal contact with our globally operating customers and suppliers and will work trustfully and performance oriented with them together
With our communications products, we will contribute to global understanding between people across the world.

History

1949
Allgemeine Electricitäts-Gesellschaft Fernmeldetechnik

Telefunken

1955
Telefunken GmbH

AEG Telefunken

1967
AEG Telefunken AG

1982
AEG Telefunken Nachrichtentechnik GmbH

ANT Nachrichtentechnik

1983
ANT Nachrichtentechnik GmbH

Bosch Telecom

1995
Bosch Telecom GmbH

Bosch Satcom

2000
Bosch Satcom GmbH

Tesat

2001
Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG


Quality

EN 9100 certified management system

Direct reporting line to the CEO

Materials, components and production processes are based on ECSS-Standards

ESA qualified lines for PWB production and PCB assembly

ESA Capability approval for the microwave manufacturing Line

Metrology and calibration lab accredited to ISO17025

 Certification in accordance with EN 9100

Certification in accordance with EN 9100

Since 1994, the Tesat's (quality) management system is certified to DIN EN ISO 9001. Since October 2006, we maintain a certification to the aerospace standard EN9100, which links global customers and suppliers in a continuous quality chain. This European Standard is equivalent to the American AS9100 and the Asian JISQ9100 standards.

In the continuous development of quality standards at Tesat we see the tangible benefit to get products and processes even more efficient and effective.

Certificate

Accredited according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025

Accredited according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025

Tesat's measurement equipment maintenance and calibration laboratory is accredited to DIN EN ISO 17025 for selected measurements since August 2003. Therefore the standard of our calibration department corresponds with national and international guidelines. In addition to the Tesat internal use, we offer this resource as a service for external customers as well.

Certificate


  • In space communication we pioneer with passion and strive to be the number one partner for your success. Our solutions set standards that open borders, and connect people worldwide.

  • Tesat understand itself as Europe's largest equipment supplier in the field of satellite communications and serves the global market with a regional emphasis on Europe, North America, and the Far East.

    The market for satellite communications can be essentially divided into three segments:

    • commercial applications
    • civil applications e.g. earth observations for scientific purposes,
    • exploration of space and military communications, such as remote sensing

    The most important application for commercial satellite communication is the distribution of TV channels that are received in tens of millions of households via satellite system operators, either directly or through cable networks. They allow direct transfers of news and sports programs. But also the development of devices for data and video communications has changed the applications of communications satellites in different market segments significantly.

  • The ongoing conflict and extreme violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is fueled in part by the trade of "conflict minerals", which are defined as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold as well as any of their derivatives (3TG).

    Since Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, every company traded on American stock exchanges has been required to look into the origin of conflict minerals in their supply chains and report on the reasonable inquiry and due diligence in order to determine whether their purchases supported armed groups in the DRC and adjoining countries.

    Consequently the U.S. law mentioned above does not only impact U.S. companies but a much larger number of companies worldwide.


Milestones

2017

Tesat flexible SmallGEO Payload on Hispasat 36W-1

2016

Start of Service of the new SpaceDataHighway / EDRS (European Data Relay Satellite System)

2014

Alphasat: First GEO-/LEO-ISL over a distance of 40,000 km

2013

Tesat manufactures the 10,000th EPC

2013

Tesat’s first Optical Relay Payload on Alphasat

2007

NFIRE: First flight of Tesat‘s LCT (First ISL with TerraSAR-X in 2008)

2006

SAR-Lupe: Major Supplier for first Bundeswehr Satellite

1989

Main Contractor for Deutsche Telekom Kopernikus Satellites

1971

Intelsat IV: The first space project


Location

12,000 m²

Clean Room Area

12,000 m²

Technical & Laboratory Area

60,000 m²

Total Area