• PI1281: SpaceX: Successful launch with devices from Backnang

    A Falcon 9 takes communication satellite Inmarsat-5 F4 into geostationary orbit PI1281 – Backnang, 16.05.2017: When the countdown for the last of the four Inmarsat-5 satellites starts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it is just after 1 am...
  • Portrait: The Tesat-Spacecom Supplier Award

    When the Tesat-Spacecom supplier award was launched in 2008, one would never have expected it to become so popular over the years. Although the coveted award presupposes a supplier evaluation, which continuously tests all relevant aspects in the...
  • PI1280: Future Day - Girls Power at Tesat-Spacecom

    A total of 23 young women followed the call of the space company to this year's Girls Day PI1280 – Backnang, 27.04.2017: At 9:30 am, the curious young girls dived, or rather "were lifted", into the world of Tesat-Spacecom - taget destination: Outer...
  • Rockwell Collins Award 2017

    For the second time in a row, the Tesat Parts Agency was awarded with the "Supplier of the Year" award in the category "Value-Add Supplier" by Rockwell Collins. The US aerospace company awards the prize – it could almost be called a trophy – in a...
  • DLR Conference on EEE Parts 2017

    Under the patronage of Britta Schade (Senior Head of Department at DLR for Quality and Product Assurance), DLR's 5th Conference on EEE Parts took place in Jena on 4th and 5th April 2017. With about 100 registered participants, the event was well...
  • National Satellite Conference Bonn

    On March 26th, 2017, it was time to head for Bonn - with our packed truck on its way to the former federal capital. On the same evening, our Laser Communication Terminal already took its place at the DLR booth at the Maritim Hotel.
  • G20 Conference in Berlin: Tesat presents „10 Jahre Laserkommunikation im Weltraum“

    On 16th and 17th March 2017, the G20 conference "Digitizing Manufacturing - Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches" took place in Berlin. The conference at the Berlin Congress Center at Alexanderplatz was characterized by numerous...
  • Satellite Communication at the „Fokus Beruf 2017”

    Summer comes and for many young people school ends. For the first time in their lives, pupils must leave the prescribed and regular school life and have to choose a career path. In choice of a training place, we want to inspire young people for our...
  • PI1279: Sentinel-2B: Fifth guardian successfully launched

    Satellite in support of climate protection and disaster control entering orbit PI1279 – Backnang, 07.03.2017: Just as successful as its twin satellite Sentinel-2A in June 2015, Sentinel-2B started at 02:49 AM (CET) to its long mission in a...
  • Live: Launch of Sentinel-2B

    Not long ago we ware able to witness the launch of the groundbreaking SmallGEO satellite Hispasat 36W-1 live and now the next milestone is at the gates: Sentinel-2B is ready for take off and will be launched tonight at around 02:49 h (CET) on board...

Holiday Program

This year total of 86 children aged between six and fourteen years took part in the summer holiday program at Tesat. In July and August four craft mornings were organized, which were under the motto "satellites". The program was open to both children of Tesat employees and children who had applied through the holiday program of the city of Backnang.

Bianca Hallwachs and five volunteers from the staff took care of the two groups with the younger children. The 6-to 8-year-old built and designed their own solar system from styrofoam balls of different sizes. The topic for the 9- to 11-year-old was "earth satellite": Here a globe was crafted and designed around which a satellite revolves.

1509xx sommerferienprogramm2In addition, these two groups were able to customize scratch pictures with satellite designs and crafting a rocket made of paper and an empty film canister, which was then launched for the enthusiasm of the children with an effervescent drive. It was then demonstrated how to "boil" chocolate chips, cream and milk with the addition of liquid nitrogen. Especially for the younger participants, this was the highlight of the program, but also the caregivers were very pleased with the welcome refreshment. Then a small info-round on "satellite communications and rockets" with a Q & A session, a demonstration model and a short film took place.

The "big ones", that is the group of 12- to 14-year-olds, were supervised by the training department to built a microsatellite with proper function. Each child received a kit of many tiny components and a placement plan existed.

First, the trainees introduced the children in soldering, then the board was assembled according to the plan. These were then subjected to the microscope to a visual inspection and a first electrical test. If this was found to be correct, the case was soldered together, the solar panels and the board were installed, the connection cables of the solar panels were connected to the board and the light emitting diode (LED) were used. If the solar panels are illuminated, the LED will flash now even periodically!

After successful construction environmental tests have been carried out on the satellite. The satellites were mounted on a small "shaker" to simulate a rocket launch. Likewise, they were tested in vacuum and placed in a glass vacuum chamber therefore. After successful tests in "space conditions" the satellites could be taken home. At home, children can make themselves more solar experiments, because connection points are already provided.