Over the course of six 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 1,000 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 Gbps (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
Since July 2017 Dr. Marc Steckling was in the position of Chief Programs Officer at Tesat-Spacecom. Since 01.12.2018, he is in the position of CEO & chairman of the board.
Since 1999, he has held the position of Head of Electronic Products in Space Systems and Space Equipment, where he has gained extensive experience in the areas of Programs, Engineering, Production, Verification & Test. Before he came to Backnang, Dr. Steckling was Head of Lean Management at Airbus Defense & Space.
Chief Financial Officer
Kerstin Basche joined TESAT as Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2019. She joined the Airbus Group in March 2004 in the IFRS department, which she led from October 2011 to June 2015 for Airbus Commercial and Airbus HQ.
Subsequently, she took over the management of central controlling including the cost accounting of Space Systems and was CFO of Airbus DS GmbH. Afterwards she took over the management of Planning and Performance Analysis of the Airbus Defense and Space Division from 2017 to 2019.
Chief Programs Officer
Ralf Zimmermann is Chief Programs Officer at TESAT since June 1, 2019. From 1988 on at Airbus, Zimmermann held the position of “Head of Radars and Microwave Payload” and “Head of National and Export Projects Germany” in the years from 2009 to 2019.
Prior to that, Ralf Zimmermann held various senior positions and was as “Head of ATV Production” responsible for the Automated Transfer Vehicle. Beyond, he was Project Manager for the “Columbus Ground Test Facilities” of the International Space Station.
Ralf Zimmermann is a certified Platinum Project Manager and nominee for Project Management Ambassador.
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
The market for satellite communications can be essentially divided into three segments:
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.
we will act as an independent supplier to ensure the success of our customers
we will offer individual solutions for today's and future needs of space travel
we understand quality and reliability as our commitment
we are committed to strict adherence to all applicable legal and ethical standards and handle natural resources with the greatest of care and stewardship
we will establish new standards in technology, series production and digitization for space industry
we will improve efficiency by mastering our value chain and focusing on our core business
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
we will continue to invest in the education and training of our workforce
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
In the continuous development of quality standards at Tesat we see the tangible benefit to get products and processes even more efficient and effective.
TESAT's calibration laboratory is accredited to DIN EN ISO 17025:2005 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.