• MEWS 2019: Into the future with EEE & COTS

    Already for the 32 nd time, the MEWS conference took place in Japan. This year's main topic: EEE components and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) as a trump card to NewSpace activity.
  • Parts Agency @ ACCEDE on COTS use in space

    Our TESAT Parts Agency participated at this weeks ACCEDE workshop from the European Space Agency ESA from 6. to 8. November. The conference has its focus on the use of Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and parts for use in space applications.
  • 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.
Supplier Award 2016
Mittelstand from southern Germany in the focus of the award ceremony

PI1273 – Backnang, 29.02.2016: ALast Friday, Backnang's high technology company awarded its coveted supplier award for the eleventh time. From around 1,100 active suppliers, about 400 suppliers are in a constant supplier evaluation. Five companies were awarded this year for their outstanding performance in the field of quality and delivery reliability.

Behind the award ceremony and the previous evaluation, there is also an entrepreneurial benefit: continuous improvement. Mr Collissy, Head of Purchasing Department, emphasized the internal guidelines for this: "The supplier evaluation serves to permanently measure the quality of the cooperation and to improve it in a targeted way." Furthermore, throughout the regular measurement and evaluation of results improvement potential can be recognized, and changes are made visible.

The products of the Swabian space company are temporarily made up of more than 7,500 parts and have to perform their service in orbit over a period of 15 years. "The importance of reliable and high-quality suppliers is obvious," continued Collissy.

The engineering office for precision mechanics Wolf from Winnenden received this year for the third time after 2011 and 2015 the supplier price of the company Tesat. The cooperation between the two companies has existed since 2004, with the main focus of the supplier being the development and manufacture of special tools for manufacturing, assembling and quality testing as well as the production and delivery of precision parts in small series.

For the fourth time since 2009, 2012 and 2014, Schenz Frästechnik from Auenwald received the supplier price for high-quality, time-based delivery and flexibility. Schenz manufactures high-precision mechanical components and is a specialist in its field. The company has been a supplier of Tesat-Spacecom since 1968.

After 2008, 2012 and 2014, Mielenz CNC Technik from Loßburg received its fourth supplier award for outstanding achievements in the field of high-precision mechanics. Founded in 1980 by Heinz Friedrich Mielenz in Köngen, the company is a manufacturer of vacuum clamping units and contract manufacturers for the automotive, aerospace and telecommunications sectors.

The company Blinzinger Elektronik from Sindringen received its first supplier price of Tesat-Spacecom this year. Founded in 1986, the company develops and manufactures electronic products for industry use. The product range ranges from technical ceramics such as soft magnetic ferrite cores and their processing by means of magnetic components, such as transformers, to complete end devices from the field of industrial power supplies.

The traditional company Böhm & Wiedemann from Eching, founded in 1784, also received the coveted supplier award of the high technology company from Backnang for the first time this year. The company, founded as a bohemian glassware company, is now engaged in optical and mechanical engineering and is a certified supplier of the aerospace industry.

The statue, awarded with a certificate, bears the name "steps to success". The artist and creator of the bronze sculpture, Luise Kött-Gärtner, describes it as follows: "A positive and life-affirming attitude helps to master the steps to success easily and almost playfully".

About Tesat: Over the course of five decades, Tesat-Spacecom has developed in-depth expertise in manufacturing of payload equipment for communication satellites and has established itself as a clear European market leader. On its 60,000m² premises in Backnang, Germany, 1,200 employees develop, assemble, integrate, and test systems and equipment for telecommunication via satellite. To date, more than 700 space projects have been completed. The accumulated in orbit lifetime heritage exceeds 250 million hours.

Further information for journalists:
Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co KG
Nina Backes, Communications
Gerberstrasse 49, D-71522 Backnang
Tel.: +49-7191-930-1126
E-Mail: info[at]tesat.de