• Nanosatellite sees the light

    Laser Communications for a new age in space TESAT, KSAT and GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services.
  • Tesat on the road to success

    Tesat registers increasing order intake Continuing high level of investment in research and development New CEO, Dr. Marc Steckling, expects 20 % growth in the next few years
  • Parts Agency for ORION's European Service Module

    The European Service Module (ESM) Flight Unit 1, a part of the ORION spacecraft, has successfully been shipped from Germany to the US and is now prepared for its marriage with the NASA crew vehicle to be made ready for the launch at the Kennedy Space Center. Not just being a great success for NASA, ESA and Airbus, but also for the Tesat-Spacecom Parts Agency. As subcontractor of Airbus, TESAT is leading the Coordinated Parts Procurement (CPPA) for the European Service Module, which occupies a...
  • Laser Communications Technology from Tesat setting new records

    As the worlds’ only serial manufacturer of in-orbit certificated and tested laser communication terminals, Tesat is chasing its own records. Now another LCT135 terminal has been produced, tested and qualified in record time and is ready for delivery.
  • German space alliance relies on technology from Tesat-Spacecom

    As prime for the scientific-technical payload and responsible for the military repeater, Tesat-Spacecom is responsible for the design, construction and verification of the core elements of the German space mission “Heinrich Hertz”.
  • Live: Launch of Aeolus

    Aladin’s magic lamp ready for take off: After 16 years of preparation and tough technical difficulties, Aeolus is finally ready to go for its final destination in low earth orbit. Weighing 1.4 tons, Aeolus carries the payload “Aladin”(Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument), which is based on the concept of LIDAR (Light detection and ranging), a method related to RADAR, but with laser beams for distance measuring instead of radio waves.
  • VDI-Nachrichten: Shining Light

    Recently an editor of the VDI-Nachrichten paid us a visit for his research on laser communications and EDRS-C, having no fear bringing our experts to their limits and asking difficult and uncomfortable questions. The result is an exciting and extensive article with the headline „Lichtgestalt“ („Shining Light“). The article describes our LCT135, which we developed and produced in cooperation with DLR IKN, and its role within Airbus’ SpaceDataHighway. Many thanks to Iestyn Hartbrich for the...
  • Live: Launch of 4 new Galileo satellites

    The final countdown for Tara, Samuel, Anna and Ellen begins: Only 1 hour and 30 minutes until the new Galileo satellites are launched into orbit onboard an Ariane 5 launcher. In short: the European Galileo program is the counterpart to the US GPS system and is though an independent, global satellite navigation system. Tesat-Spacecom's part for the four new satellites was to deliver the essential TT&C transponders, which are being used to properly determine the position of an object in space...
  • Tesat-Spacecom participates in EU research and innovation programme Hi-FLY

    Tesat takes part in European Union’s research and innovation programme Hi-FLY to take RF data links to the next stage. But let’s first clarify: What is the Hi-FLY project? And why is it so important?
  • Gigabit Connectivity for the International Space Station

    Berlin, 26.04.2018: At today’s press conference Airbus Defence and Space, the Institute for Communication and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-IKN) and Tesat-Spacecom published their cooperation with the aim to equip the ISS with a high capacity direct-to-earth Laser Communication Terminal.
  • World's smallest Laser Communication Terminal from Tesat on track - CDR...

    Backnang, 12.04.2018: Tesat's Laser Communication Terminal for CubeSats, CubeL, is on track after recently the Critical Design Review (CDR) was successfully held at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. This was an important milestone for the development program on the way to its demonstration mission, which is planned to launch later this year.
  • 10,000 laser links between satellites established

    Satellite communication reaches new peak Backnang, 11.04.2018: Tesat-Spacecom established 10,000 connections between satellites using its Laser Communication Terminals (LCT). Tesat's LCTs transmit massive amounts of data at up to 1.8 Gbps over distances of 80,000 km in orbit. In addition, the company develops significantly smaller LCTs for Direct-to-Earth applications.
  • Tesat celebrates 10 Years of Laser Communications in Space

    Backnang, 21.02.2018: Exactly ten years ago on 21st February, 2008, a government-to-government cooperation between the United States and Germany to establish a laser link between two operational satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) started a new chapter in the history of space. The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and...
  • Advanced capability evolution for optical Laser Communication

    The LCT135 with its 135 mm narrow aperture is the smallest terminal in the geostationary orbit. Working in a daily routine it is the powerhouse within the European Data Relay System called SpaceDataHighway. Under the ESA ScyLight program Tesat-Spacecom has now spawned the next evolution step for our well known GEO Laser Communication Terminals LCT135, by further developing and implementing new additional features to make even more applications possible. Therefore the GEO LCT135 will get –...
  • Live: Launch of SES-14 and Al Yah 3

    Tomorrow, on the 25th January, at 23:20 CET (live stream starts at 22:05 CET) an Ariane 5 ECA will launch two satellites - the SES-14 and the Al Yah 3 - into a geostationary transfer orbit. A rocket launch per se is a event you don't want to miss, but - needless to say - for us it's always a very special moment when our equipment gets shot into space, such as a variety of Ku- and Ka-Band OMUXes, IMUXes, Switches, Filters and MPMs.

Last Friday we awarded for the eleventh time now our coveted supplier award. From around 1,100 active suppliers are about 400 suppliers in a constant supplier evaluation. Five companies were honored this year for outstanding achievements in the field of quality and delivery.

Behind the award is also an entrepreneurial advantage: the continuous improvement. Mr. Collissy, department manager of purchasing, places emphasis on the internal instructions: "The supplier evaluation serves to measure the quality of the cooperation and to improve it. Through this continuous measurement it is possible to identify potential for improvement and to make changes visible."

Some of our products are made out of more than 7,500 individual parts and have to ensure their service in orbit over a period of 15 years, "the importance of reliable and high quality suppliers is obvious here," so Collissy added.

The engineering office for precision mechanics Wolf from Winnenden received the supplier award this year for the third time after 2011 and 2015. The cooperation exists since 2004, whereat the work focuses on the development and production of special devices for tools in manufacturing, assembly and quality control as well as the manufacturing and supply of precision parts in small series.

For the fourth time after 2009, 2012 and 2014 Schenz milling technology from Auenwald received the supplier award for top quality, punctuality and flexibility. Schenz manufactures high-precision mechanical components and is a specialist in their field. The company has been a supplier of us since 1968.

After 2008, 2012 and 2014 Mielenz CNC Technik from Loßburg received last Friday its fourth supplier award for outstanding achievement in high precision mechanics. Founded by Heinz Friedrich Mielenz in Köngen in 1980 Mielenz CNC Technik is a manufacturer of vacuum clamping units and contract manufacturer for the areas of automotive, aerospace and telecommunications.

Blinzinger electronics from Sindringen received their first supplier price this year. Established in 1986, they develop and manufacture electronic products for industrial purposes. The product range extends from technical ceramics such as soft magnetic ferrite cores and their processing, magnetic components such as transformers up to complete devices in the field of industrial power supplies.

The rich in tradition company Böhm & Wiedemann from Eching, founded in 1784, was awarded this year also for the first time with the supplier award. Founded as “bohemian glassware” it now focuses on optical precision machinery and is a certified supplier of the aerospace industry.

The certificate is handed out along with a statue called "Steps to Success". The artist and creator of the bronze sculpture, Louise Kött Gardener, describes it as follows: "A positive and life-affirming attitude helps to cope the steps to success lightly, nearly playfully".

On January 29, 2016 at 23:20h (CET) the first laser node oft the European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS) was successfully sent to orbit aboard a Proton launcher. After about nine hours of flight the telecommunications satellite Eutelsat 9B reached its target altitude of 36,000 kilometers above the equator, where it is subjected to immediate in-orbit tests.

It was a tough job, but on September 1, 2015 it was to come: Our new exhibition foyer was opened in the presence of the two parliamentary secretaries Brigitte Zypries and Christian Lange. Even the mayor of Backnang, Dr. Frank Nopper, and Andreas Hammer, the successor of Peter Schlote were on site. And around 500 colleagues who wanted to throw a first look at our new boss.

LISA Pathfinder, the technology demonstrator of the ESA for the detection of gravitational waves, is now ready for transport to the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. From there it will start in November into space. The 1.9-ton spacecraft, for which Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor, will be launched aboard a European Vega rocket.

In the early morning of June 23 2015, the Earth observation satellite Sentinel-2A was launched on board a Vega launcher from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Sentinel-2A is the second satellite, which was launched into orbit as part of the European environmental monitoring program Copernicus.

On February 20th, 2015 the Tesat Purchasing and Quality Management department awarded four companies for outstanding cooperation in 2014. The supplier prize was awarded to the companies Mielenz GmbH CNC Technik, Matthias Meidlinger GmbH and Pacific Wave Systems Inc., while the innovation prize went to Wolf Ingenieurbüro Präzisionsmechanik.

After six months of intensive testing, the first Sentinel-2 satellite developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready for its mission in space.