High stability Laser development for NGGM continues

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Left: Optical cavity, Right: Fiber power amplifier [Pictures: NPL/ILT]

The Consortium of SpaceTech, Fraunhofer ILT, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Airbus DS has been selected for the development for the high stability laser (HSL) for a potential 'Next Generation Gravity Mission' (NGGM). This development continues the successful development and testing of the HSL Elegant breadboard performed of the same consortium from 2012-2015 within the frame of ESA TRP.

The HSL is a modular, fibre-based laser system emitting light with a high stability of laser frequency and output power. The objective of this new activity is to raise the maturity of the laser system to TRL 5 on subunit level and TRL 7 on component level.

SpaceTech as prime contractors signs responsible for project management, system engineering, electrical, structural and thermal design. Fraunhofer ILT is responsible for the laser head and the environmental test campaign of laser head components. The National Physical Laboratory is responsible for the reference cavity. Airbus DS performs the environmental test campaign of the laser system.



Wolfgang Pitz joins SpaceTech's Board of Directors


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

SpaceTech is proud to welcome Wolfgang Pitz as new shareholder in the Board of Directors now formed by Bernhard Doll (CEO), Frank Gilles and Wolfgang Pitz. Before, Wolfgang Pitz worked for Airbus DS (formerly EADS Astrium, formerly Dornier) in the Earth Observation, Navigation and Science Division for more than two decades. His last assignment at Airbus DS was Director of European Programmes and in this role he was responsible on European level for all large ESA / EU / Eumetsat Satellite Prime contracts.

SpaceTech confirmed as largest German SME in space sector

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As a result of a DLR initiated survey among the German SMEs active in the space business, STI has been identified as the largest "Space SME" in Germany.

Contract for Development of MERLIN Frequency Reference Unit

2015 04 20 Merlinfru bannerMERLIN Satellite [CNES/Illustration D. Ducros]

 STI has signed the contract for the development of the MERLIN frequency reference unit (FRU) in subcontract to Airbus DS.

The German-French satellite MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission) is a mission to observe the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane. In this cooperation France signs responsible for the Satellite Bus, which is a Myriade Evolution, and Germany signs responsible for the Instrument.



STI selected as supplier for Euclid Sunshield with Solar Array

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STI has been selected as supplier for the Euclid Sunshield. The deliverable will consist of a combination of a solar generator and a sunshield for the telescope of Euclid. Besides the thermal isolation of the optical instrument, the protection against scatter light (via shadowing) is crucial.

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.