TESAT reaches an important milestone in the expansion of its cleanroom manufacturing capacity by 4,000 square meters to a total of 21,000 square meters with the topping-out ceremony of the new building on Thursday, May 4, 2023.
This means that TESAT will remain the world's number one in the production of satellite equipment for the near future and, with the transformation to industrial production, TESAT is well equipped for the future of space with large quantities for coming constellations. Around 500 guests from politics, industry, the construction companies, the neighbourhood and the workforce were invited to the topping-out ceremony.
With the new industrial manufacturing capabilities of laser terminals, TESAT finally moves from being a "hidden champion" to becoming a "real champion," Reinartz said. The goal is to increase production capacity to 40 terminals per week. He was "convinced that we have a stable long-term strategy with our portfolio". Both the optical and the classic business are making progress, he said.
Dr.-Ing. Walther Pelzer, Head of the DLR Space Agency and a member of the DLR (German Aerospace Agency) Executive Board, saw the topping-out ceremony as "a sign of growth and confidence". He said that TESAT had "brought laser communication technology to world market leadership." With the installation of the latest production equipment, TESAT is once again one-step ahead of the industry, he said.