STI running team success at ZF company run 2022

SpaceTech STI Laufteam ZF Firmenlauf 2022 1

Together with other 4.254 runners from big and smalll companies of the area around Lake Constance, the STI running team started yesterday at 6 pm on the 5.5 km distance ZF company run. Even the high temperature of 28 degrees Celsius could not stop the motivated STI teams, resulting in great rankings: best STI men's team 28. place of 336 teams and best STI mixed team place 43. of 305 teams.

Thank you team for the good vibes, motivation and effort you put in this event!


Find more details:
https://www.firmenlauf-fn.de/

 

NewSpace from Lake Constance
More than 1,000 units from SpaceTech GmbH in orbit

SpaceTech headquarters lake constance immenstaadSpaceTech headquarters at Lake Constance in Immenstaad (credit: STI)

What a journey! With the successful launch of OneWeb satellites on February 10th, 2022, more than 1,000 SpaceTech units - to be exact, 1038 units on 442 satellites - are in orbit on many different satellites as well as on the ISS. We are proud to state that all of them either are working nominally or are exceeding their specification significantly.

18 years STI – from start up to established space system provider

2004, long before “NewSpace” became popular, STI was founded, driven by the idea to make spaceflight more affordable, more efficient, smarter and easier. Sharing the STI founders’ vision, others quickly followed. Now being an SME with 120 employees this vision remains our biggest driver. We look back on many success stories, forming a great space heritage that our customers and partners benefit from. We are part of space missions with worldwide recognition such as GRACE Follow-On, ICARUS, OneWeb and YORK as well as a multitude of ESA and EU missions, such as several Copernicus Sentinels, Galileo, EUCLID, PLATO, JUICE and LISA…they became too many to list them all without boring our readers. Small or big project, we never lose our start-up spirit, discovering new ways in the space sector.
We offer a wide range of products, ranging from solar arrays, mechanisms and carbon fiber structures to whole photonic and quantum technological instruments and End-to-End space systems.

STI solar arrays – smart design and automated production

With about two solar arrays leaving our factory each day, SpaceTech has acquired a leading role in the global space solar array market. Starting with body-mounted and single-hinge deployable solar arrays, we now also design and manufacture highly demanding multi-hinge deployable solar arrays with up to five panels per wing, including deployment mechanisms and solar array drive. Smart deployment system design, highly automated yet flexible panel production and photovoltaic assembly laydown processes enable us to provide solar arrays -  fast and highly cost effective from single satellite missions to large satellite constellations.

SpaceTech solar arrays and solar array deployment mechanisms are flying in orbit on a multitude of institutional Earth Observation satellites as well as on commercial missions from e.g., York and OneWeb. With more than 163 solar arrays and more than 800 deployment mechanisms currently in orbit, we have acquired a veritable space heritage.

Beyond our growing business with commercial customers, the successful acquisition of the solar arrays for 4 out of 6 upcoming Copernicus Expansion satellites speaks for itself. Our solar arrays are not only cost effective, but can also fulfill even the most demanding requirements. To satisfy the increased demand in our products we are currently expanding our production capabilities in our new solar array factory, with production start in 2022.

SpaceTech deployable solar array
Deployable solar array in STI clean room (credit: STI)

STI optical instruments – photonic quantum technology

SpaceTech optical bench
LRI optical bench (credit: STI)

Starting around 2012 with the laser ranging interferometer (LRI) for GRACE Follow-On and several subsequent activities for national and ESA missions, STI has established itself as a competence center for laser-optical instruments for space.
Our team of laser specialists covers the optical, opto-mechanical and electronical expertise required to develop laser metrology instruments, optical frequency references and quantum technology systems like optical clocks for space.

With the LRI by far exceeding the nominal performance and lifetime, we are now developing the optical frequency reference unit for the French-German Lidar Mission MERLIN, a multi-species frequency reference for future LIDAR missions, the laser system for LISA and we have been selected to perform the pre-development of the Laser ranging interferometer for NGGM, ESAs “Next Generation Gravity Mission”. NGGM is intended to fly in constellation with GRACE-I, the successor of GRACE Follow-On and ICARUS, for which STI is again contributing to the laser ranging interferometer in cooperation with our US partners at JPL and with the Albert Einstein Institute Hannover. GRACE-I and NGGM are currently both in Phase A and are expected be confirmed for implementation in 2023. As part of the COMPASSO team we are contributing to the first European optical clock in space.

STI small system integrator – ISS & small satellites

In its third activity focus STI is realizing End-to-End space systems, be it on the ISS, such as ICARUS, in operation on the ISS since 2020, or small satellites. For this, STI has been preparing its team from begin on. After several mission studies and a small satellite kit delivered to Taiwan, STI is now capable to provide complete solutions for small satellite missions within a network of partners for all necessary platform units.

SpaceTech ICARUS antenna ground testing
ICARUS antenna ground testing (credit: STI)

SpaceTech ICARUS antenna on ISS
ICARUS antenna on ISS (credit: ESA/NASA/Astroserena)

New Ways 4 Space!

It is impossible to imagine life today without spaceflight. With high growth rates, the space sector is becoming more and more important economically compared to other industrial sectors. Space is ideally suited to contribute solutions to the pressing global issues of climate change, communication and security. Many countries around the world have recognized its importance as a factor for the future and are investing heavily. We are therefore pleased with the German government's clear position to further strengthen SME in the space sector in terms of technology, automation and their participation in missions such as GRACE-I, HRWS and the European secure connectivity initiative. Together, with our agencies and our commercial customers and with the expertise as well as enthusiasm of our team, we find new ways for space!

 

 

OneWeb launch #13

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

6.50pm (German time)

Watch the live stream of OneWeb launch #13 >

 

Erfolg bei TOP 100: Ranga Yogeshwar würdigt SpaceTech

Ranga Yogeshwar hat der SpaceTech GmbH aus Immenstaad zu ihrem Erfolg beim Innovationswettbewerb TOP 100 mit einem persönlichen Video gratuliert. Zusätzlich würdigte der Wissenschaftsjournalist im November 2021 die Leistungen der diesjährigen TOP 100-Unternehmen auf einer gemeinsamen Onlinekonferenz. Anlass war das ursprünglich als Präsenzveranstaltung vorgesehene TOP 100-Finale. Ranga Yogeshwar begleitet als Mentor den zum 28. Mal ausgetragenen Innovationswettbewerb. In dem wissenschaftlichen Auswahlverfahren beeindruckte SpaceTech in der Größen-klasse B (51 bis 200 Mitarbeiter) besonders in den Kategorien „Innovationserfolg“ und „Innovationsklima“.
In dem anlässlich der Auszeichnung veröffentlichten TOP 100-Unternehmens-porträt heißt es (Auszug):
Viele Hightechbauteile vom Bodensee umrunden die Erde. Sie stammen von SpaceTech und sind heute Bestandteil eines Satelliten oder auf der internationalen Weltraumstation ISS im Einsatz. Die Firma entwickelt zum Beispiel Solargeneratoren, über die ein Satellit mit Strom versorgt wird. Auch das System ICARUS stammt von ihr: Damit werden von der ISS aus die Wanderungen von Zugvögeln beobachtet.
Lange war die Raumfahrt eine Domäne staatlicher Institutionen wie ESA oder NASA. In den vergangenen Jahren habe sich mit dem „New Space“ jedoch eine völlig neue Landschaft entwickelt, erzählt der Geschäftsführer Wolfgang Pitz. Hinter diesem Trend steht die kommerzielle Raumfahrt: Im-mer mehr private Firmen wollen im All Geld verdienen und denken dabei in ganz neuen Dimensionen. „Bislang wurden Bauteile für die Raumfahrt in Handarbeit gefertigt“, sagt Pitz. Nun erhält er – für Raumfahrtverhältnisse – gigantische Aufträge, zum Beispiel den über 1.800 Stück eines Klappme-chanismus für Solarsegel von Satelliten. Deshalb investiert das Unterneh-men aktuell Zeit und Geld in die Automatisierung seiner Herstellungspro-zesse.
Zum vollständigen Porträt geht’s hier: www.top100.de/die-top-innovatoren.

 


TOP 100: der Wettbewerb
Seit 1993 vergibt compamedia das TOP 100-Siegel für besondere Innovationskraft und überdurchschnittliche Innovationserfolge an mittelständische Unternehmen. Die wissenschaftliche Leitung liegt seit 2002 in den Händen von Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. Franke ist Gründer und Vorstand des Instituts für Entrepreneurship und Innovation der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Mentor von TOP 100 ist der Wissen-schaftsjournalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Projektpartner sind die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung und der BVMW. Als Medienpartner begleiten das manager magazin und impulse den Unternehmensvergleich. Mehr Infos unter www.top100.de.

SpaceTech develops structural parts for Lunar Gateway I-HAB module

The Lunar Gateway is a key element in the Artemis Program, a NASA-led international manned spaceflight program, currently scheduled to orbit the Moon starting in 2024. The Gateway will be used as an outpost for astronauts on their way to the Moon, and as a laboratory to carry out scientific research. The I-HAB is a pressurized module that will provide the crew’s living quarters, resources for pressurized and unpressurized scientific experiments; plus docking ports to supply vehicles in transit.

Thales Alenia Space is leading the race in the development of pressurized modules, providing half of the pressurized volume for the International Space Station and the first two pressurized modules for the AXIOM commercial space station. In addition to the development of the I-HAB module for the Lunar Gateway, Thales Alenia Space will design and manufacture the ESPRIT refueling and communications module and the HALO (Habitation and Logistics Outpost) module in partnership with Northrop Grumman.

Being part of the all-SME consortium with SPACE STRUCTURES GmbH as prime contractor, SpaceTech, signs responsible for the development and manufacturing of a mechanism, allowing for the hinging in and out of the secondary structure. This hinging mechanism is a key part, providing access to the astronauts on board to important devices, tubes or valves that are placed on the exterior shell or behind the solar panels of the spacecraft for maintenance, modification or repair. SpaceTech focusses in the development on accessibility, reliability, operability on the ground for integration and by astronauts in weightlessness.

SpaceTech Thales Lunar Gateway IHAB
Image credit: Thales Alenia Space