• PI1281: SpaceX: Successful launch with devices from Backnang

    A Falcon 9 takes communication satellite Inmarsat-5 F4 into geostationary orbit PI1281 – Backnang, 16.05.2017: When the countdown for the last of the four Inmarsat-5 satellites starts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it is just after 1 am...
  • Portrait: The Tesat-Spacecom Supplier Award

    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...
  • PI1280: Future Day - Girls Power at Tesat-Spacecom

    A total of 23 young women followed the call of the space company to this year's Girls Day PI1280 – Backnang, 27.04.2017: At 9:30 am, the curious young girls dived, or rather "were lifted", into the world of Tesat-Spacecom - taget destination: Outer...
  • Rockwell Collins Award 2017

    For the second time in a row, the Tesat Parts Agency was awarded with the "Supplier of the Year" award in the category "Value-Add Supplier" by Rockwell Collins. The US aerospace company awards the prize – it could almost be called a trophy – in a...
  • DLR Conference on EEE Parts 2017

    Under the patronage of Britta Schade (Senior Head of Department at DLR for Quality and Product Assurance), DLR's 5th Conference on EEE Parts took place in Jena on 4th and 5th April 2017. With about 100 registered participants, the event was well...
  • National Satellite Conference Bonn

    On March 26th, 2017, it was time to head for Bonn - with our packed truck on its way to the former federal capital. On the same evening, our Laser Communication Terminal already took its place at the DLR booth at the Maritim Hotel.
  • G20 Conference in Berlin: Tesat presents „10 Jahre Laserkommunikation im Weltraum“

    On 16th and 17th March 2017, the G20 conference "Digitizing Manufacturing - Initiatives, Best Practices and Policy Approaches" took place in Berlin. The conference at the Berlin Congress Center at Alexanderplatz was characterized by numerous...
  • Satellite Communication at the „Fokus Beruf 2017”

    Summer comes and for many young people school ends. For the first time in their lives, pupils must leave the prescribed and regular school life and have to choose a career path. In choice of a training place, we want to inspire young people for our...
  • PI1279: Sentinel-2B: Fifth guardian successfully launched

    Satellite in support of climate protection and disaster control entering orbit PI1279 – Backnang, 07.03.2017: Just as successful as its twin satellite Sentinel-2A in June 2015, Sentinel-2B started at 02:49 AM (CET) to its long mission in a...
  • Live: Launch of Sentinel-2B

    Not long ago we ware able to witness the launch of the groundbreaking SmallGEO satellite Hispasat 36W-1 live and now the next milestone is at the gates: Sentinel-2B is ready for take off and will be launched tonight at around 02:49 h (CET) on board...

15 Years of Tesat

For more than fifteen years, Tesat-Spacecom from Backnang has stood for quality and innovation in space equipment. Fifteen years full of exciting developments, innovations, great milestones and the one or other big and small revolution in space. With pride one can look back on what has been created, and with pride one can look into the future, on what is still to come to us. With the self-confidence of more than 700 realized space projects and more than 250 million in-orbit hours, we expect this future with excitement as well as with enthusiastic curiosity.

Let us review the last one and a half decades: In 2006, we delivered the HP amplifier subsystems for the first Bundeswehr satellite. In 2007, we sent our first Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) on board the NFIRE into space and established in 2008 the world's first inter-satellite link with the TerraSAR-X. In 2013, we "manned" the Alphasat with our revolutionary laser technology and in 2014 we established the first satellite connection between a GEO and a LEO satellite – over a distance of a breathtaking 40,000 kilometers! The coronation of this era was the last year’s start of service of the SpaceDataHighway / EDRS (European Data Relay Satellite System), in which not only the LCTs for their satellites came from Backnang, but in the case of EDRS-A and EDRS-C even the complete payloads including hybrid relay payloads. This world-wide unique technology only enables the combination of laser communication and RF communication.

Apart from all these milestones, parts, components, modules and systems from Backnang have already traveled quite a long way. In the context of the OSIRIS REx mission to Bennu (a close to earth asteroid), with Juno on the way to Jupiter or with Philae and ExoMars to our red neighbor planet. Even the International Space Station (ISS) already had the benefit of Swabian high precision, which – within the Automated Transport Vehicles (ATV) installed – provided vital supply. Though less far away and yet pathbreaking is Tesat also in the application of additive manufacturing techniques for the production of microwave components – catchphrase 3D printing.

The nice thing about the sum of all things is, however, that you have known us for a very long time, without knowing this. Enable your GPS signal on the smart phone, switch in the comfort of your home from one TV station to the next, or find out about the weather at your holiday destination –you can rest assured that somewhere a part of Tesat-Spacecom is doing right now just that for you , what it should do.

At the end of this uncharming self-adulation, we can only say that we are looking forward to the next fifteen years of new challenges and opportunities, developments and innovations – and we are sure that they will come.