• EDRS-C opens new chapter in broadband Earth observation

    Laser Communications Terminal on board European relay satellite enables significant higher data transfer rates and shorter access times.
  • TESAT delivers game changer for SmallSat market

    Today we can announce that we delivered our first CubeLCT to a non-disclosed, US-American customer. The CubeLCT is a small, ultra-lightweight optical data transmitter, which is capable of transferring data with 100 Megabit per second from low Earth orbit satellites directly to ground. For us, this delivery marks the starting point of a new product family focusing on NewSpace applications for small satellites and CubeSats. The development of the CubeLCT serves the demand for increasing...
  • DLR Components Conference 2019

    The 18 th DLR Components Conference took place on 23 rd and 24 th May in Bonn Königswinter. The 120 participants of the German aerospace supply industry discussed intensively about news and future topics around EEE components. The TESAT Parts Agency and the EEE Centre were represented here with three lectures from Dr. Witzany (EEE Centre), Mr. Rostewitz (EEE Centre) and Dr. Kuechen (Parts Agency).
  • Nanosatellite sees the light

    Laser Communications for a new age in space TESAT, KSAT and GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services.
  • Tesat on the road to success

    Tesat registers increasing order intake Continuing high level of investment in research and development New CEO, Dr. Marc Steckling, expects 20 % growth in the next few years
  • Parts Agency for ORION's European Service Module

    The European Service Module (ESM) Flight Unit 1, a part of the ORION spacecraft, has successfully been shipped from Germany to the US and is now prepared for its marriage with the NASA crew vehicle to be made ready for the launch at the Kennedy Space Center. Not just being a great success for NASA, ESA and Airbus, but also for the Tesat-Spacecom Parts Agency. As subcontractor of Airbus, TESAT is leading the Coordinated Parts Procurement (CPPA) for the European Service Module, which occupies a...
  • Laser Communications Technology from Tesat setting new records

    As the worlds’ only serial manufacturer of in-orbit certificated and tested laser communication terminals, Tesat is chasing its own records. Now another LCT135 terminal has been produced, tested and qualified in record time and is ready for delivery.
  • German space alliance relies on technology from Tesat-Spacecom

    As prime for the scientific-technical payload and responsible for the military repeater, Tesat-Spacecom is responsible for the design, construction and verification of the core elements of the German space mission “Heinrich Hertz”.
  • Live: Launch of Aeolus

    Aladin’s magic lamp ready for take off: After 16 years of preparation and tough technical difficulties, Aeolus is finally ready to go for its final destination in low earth orbit. Weighing 1.4 tons, Aeolus carries the payload “Aladin”(Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument), which is based on the concept of LIDAR (Light detection and ranging), a method related to RADAR, but with laser beams for distance measuring instead of radio waves.
  • VDI-Nachrichten: Shining Light

    Recently an editor of the VDI-Nachrichten paid us a visit for his research on laser communications and EDRS-C, having no fear bringing our experts to their limits and asking difficult and uncomfortable questions. The result is an exciting and extensive article with the headline „Lichtgestalt“ („Shining Light“). The article describes our LCT135, which we developed and produced in cooperation with DLR IKN, and its role within Airbus’ SpaceDataHighway. Many thanks to Iestyn Hartbrich for the...
  • Live: Launch of 4 new Galileo satellites

    The final countdown for Tara, Samuel, Anna and Ellen begins: Only 1 hour and 30 minutes until the new Galileo satellites are launched into orbit onboard an Ariane 5 launcher. In short: the European Galileo program is the counterpart to the US GPS system and is though an independent, global satellite navigation system. Tesat-Spacecom's part for the four new satellites was to deliver the essential TT&C transponders, which are being used to properly determine the position of an object in space...
  • Tesat-Spacecom participates in EU research and innovation programme Hi-FLY

    Tesat takes part in European Union’s research and innovation programme Hi-FLY to take RF data links to the next stage. But let’s first clarify: What is the Hi-FLY project? And why is it so important?
  • Gigabit Connectivity for the International Space Station

    Berlin, 26.04.2018: At today’s press conference Airbus Defence and Space, the Institute for Communication and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-IKN) and Tesat-Spacecom published their cooperation with the aim to equip the ISS with a high capacity direct-to-earth Laser Communication Terminal.
  • World's smallest Laser Communication Terminal from Tesat on track - CDR...

    Backnang, 12.04.2018: Tesat's Laser Communication Terminal for CubeSats, CubeL, is on track after recently the Critical Design Review (CDR) was successfully held at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. This was an important milestone for the development program on the way to its demonstration mission, which is planned to launch later this year.
  • 10,000 laser links between satellites established

    Satellite communication reaches new peak Backnang, 11.04.2018: Tesat-Spacecom established 10,000 connections between satellites using its Laser Communication Terminals (LCT). Tesat's LCTs transmit massive amounts of data at up to 1.8 Gbps over distances of 80,000 km in orbit. In addition, the company develops significantly smaller LCTs for Direct-to-Earth applications.
Supplier Award 2017

When the Tesat-Spacecom supplier award was launched in 2008, one would never have expected it to become so popular over the years. Although the coveted award presupposes a supplier evaluation, which continuously tests all relevant aspects in the supplier's company, this is a comparatively low price for the rare honor.

But how does this supplier evaluation work? Overall, there is no dark magic behind this, but rather points are awarded within a SAP evaluation tool based on market-based criteria such as quality, delivery reliability, and a handful of other important factors. In sum: 50 for quality, 35 for delivery reliability, and 15 for the remaining factors.

Every three months, this analysis is used to carry out a trend analysis in order to examine how the supplier company develops, where there may be a need for catching up, or where a positive upward trend can be identified. Since Tesat-Spacecom is anxious to a long-term partnership with the suppliers, the companies are informed about the evaluation and the respective trends within this evaluation and, in the event of a downtrend, also informed about this. But not to build up pressure, but to recognize possible problems at an early stage and to work them off. Often it is only communication difficulties or misunderstandings that lead to problems in the end. In addition, Tesat provides affected suppliers with a customized catalog of measures that describes how to improve their own assessment within the supplier analysis and where or how to improve them.

However, Tesat-Spacecom does not rely exclusively on plain figures and facts. Interpersonal factors also play a relevant role: How, for example, does collaboration between buyers and suppliers work? How the communication? Or how is the reaction rate? Can one rely on the supplier when things are on fire, or does he even recognize inconsistencies within the ordering process that could cause a problem without a timely intervention? In the case of such topics, of course, the feedback of the individual employee in the purchasing department is a matter of course, and can ultimately be the “tip” on the scale for deciding whether the supplier receives the award or not.

The purchase of Tesat has all the suppliers (approx. 1,200 – 400 of them for system components, which are also evaluated systematically) and tries to evaluate them fair and transparent. A great deal of effort is being made for this, and it is precisely for this reason that the respective supplier companies are given the opportunity to obtain information about the test assessment system and to provide feedback. Feedback that Tesat takes to heart and uses itself to rethink and rework its own internal processes.

A further incentive for the dutiable and permanent analysis of the suppliers is the popularity of the supplier award, which was already described at the beginning of the article. An award from Tesat-Spacecom obviously has its value, if the winners spread their press releases shortly after the announcement, to present the trophy centrally in their entrance hall or even ask mid-year where and how they still “have to put on some weight” to get the price this year.

Hans-Dieter Collissy, Head of Purchasing, said: “One can see that the award is an incentive for the subcontracting community to make a special effort every year. Our annual evaluations clearly illustrate how the introduction of the supplier evaluation in 2005 and the introduction of the supplier price in 2008 have had a positive effect on the development and sustainability in the area of quality and delivery reliability.”

This year two suppliers received the honor of Tesat-Spacecom. With this year's award, Rohde & Schwarz has already received its third supplier award since 2009 and is therefore regarded as a repeat offender in terms of excellence in the area of quality, delivery reliability and flexibility. The second prize winner is the Dutch company GL Precision, which has also deserved a place at the top thanks to its extraordinary achievements and commitment.


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