Lothar Riebsamen (MdB, CDU) visits SpaceTech

Lothar Riebsamen (MdB, CDU) visited SpaceTech to discuss existing capabilities, future chances and needs, of a small and medium enterprise (SME) active in the space business. Specific focal point of interest addressed was the political environment in view of future developments of governmental and private budgets. The visit has been coordinated with a visit at ASP-Equipment, together with BSSE and Hema, other SMEs from the Lake Contance area, active in the space sector.

STI Riebsamen med

Left to right: Kolja Nicklaus (STI), Wolfgang Pitz (STI), Lothar Riebsamen(MdB,CDU), Thomas Hintze(ASP)

As an acknowleged SME space system provider, SpaceTech sees itself well positioned to handle the challenges of the future, also associated with new developments such as "New Space" or "Space 4.0". To continue the success story of german space industry, also relying on a strong SME community, one important cornerstone is the reliable funding of technology developments in national and european programs, such as GSTP and Artes. These programs provide a huge leverage if supported reliably and are particularly effective and essential for SMEs.

While the big programs, such as ISS and Ariane 6 are of course very important, it is the earlier technology development which brings german space SME in the position to maintain and extend their international competitiveness in the future.

SpaceTech would like to express its thanks to Lothar Riebsamen for the visit and his will to support the SME request, for a strong and reliable technology funding in the space sector. In the frame of this meeting, certain next steps have been agreed on.

Wolfgang Pitz succeeds Bernhard Doll as SpaceTech CEO

SpaceTech is pleased to announce that, effective from 1st of July 2016, Wolfgang Pitz will be CEO, succeeding Bernhard Doll, founder and CEO of SpaceTech GmbH since 2004, leading the company growth from 2 to about 90 employees in 2016.

Bernhard Doll remains in the Board of Directors, reducing his worktime to 80 %, ensuring a smooth transition over the next years.

We are looking forward to a continuation to our successful partnerships with all existing and new customers, always providing the best value for money, focussing on the essentials necessary for timely delivery and reliable in-orbit operation.


(From left to right:) Wolfgang Pitz (CEO), Frank Gilles, Bernhard Doll



SpaceTech selected for delivery of JUICE RIME Antenna

2016 05 23 JUICE RIME

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On May 12, 2016, SpaceTech and Airbus have reached an agreement on the contract for the RIME Antenna delivery for the ESA science mission JUICE (RIME = Radar for Icy Moon Exploration; JUICE = Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer). The STI proposal stands out for the smart and light-weight technical solution and its cost-benefit ratio. The proposal features a deployable antenna design, made of CFRP, with a total of 6 hinges and a total length of 16 meters.

JUICE will be launched in 2022 and reach Jupiter after one Venus swing-by-manoeuvre and multiple Earth swing-by-manoeuvres. Eventually, it will explore Jupiter’s moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. The RIME payload is a radar instrument which allows for analysis deep below of a moon’s icy surface up to depths of 9 km. Scientists are expecting to gain pioneering insights to the geological and geo-physical structure of Jupiter’s moons.

2016 05 23 JUICE RIME Antenna Proposal

Solar Array and CESS for Jason-CS

2016 04 28 SolarGenerator and CESS for JasonCS Satellite

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SpaceTech GmbH was selected to design and manufacture the Solar Array for Jason-CS, as subcontractor to Airbus DS. The project kick-off was in February 2016.

In addition, STI will provide a set of CESS (Coarse Earth & Sun Sensor - a safe mode sensor) for the mission.

The Jason-CS Mission is part of the Copernicus Space Component and is developed by ESA under the GMES Space Component Segment 3 (GSC-3) programme. The main objective of the Jason-CS\Sentinel 6 Mission is to provide a long-term availability of high precision ocean surface topography observations in supportof Copernicus services. The launch for the two spacecraft is planned for 2020.

Successful PDR of Euclid Sunshield

2014 12 02 EuclidSunShield

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On November 19th 2015 the project Euclid Sunshield has successfully passed the preliminary design review.

Euclid is an ESA space mission with the goal to give answers to the expansion of the Universe and to the origin of Dark Energy. STI signs responsible for the Euclid sunshield, consisting of the solar array and sunshield for the telescope. Besides the power generation and the thermal isolation of the optical instrument, the reduction of scatter light entering the telescope by at least ten orders of magnitude is crucial for the overall mission performance.