OHB System AG.

OHB System AG. (Otto Hydraulik Bremen GmbH) is one of the third largest space Company in Europe. It belongs to the listed high-tech group OHB SE, where around 2,000 specialists and executives work on key European space programs. With two strong sites in Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany and more than three decades of experience, OHB System specializes in high-tech solutions for space, science and industry. A key product of the company is a fully integrated satellite.

The company was founded in 1958 as a marine systems outfitter. However the activities of the company shifted toward space technology in the 1980’s after the couple Christa Fuchs and Manfred Fuchs took over leadership of the company.

In November 2004 LuxSpace was created as a daughter company of OHB AG. and is a European space systems contractor based in Betzdorf in Luxembourg. LuxSpace began operations as a joint venture with SES Astra in January 2005.

In 2009 the company's first satellite, PathFinder-2A was launched. VesselSat-1 was launched on October 12, 2011 as part of the GapFiller program; followed by its twin VesselSat-2 on January 9, 2012.

As part of the large network of OHB companies, LuxSpace is offering innovative and economical services, maintaining state-of-the-art technology in Luxembourg. LuxSpace’s customer basis contains international agencies like ESA and EU aside Space industry, satellite operators and national institutions. Since 2008, LuxSpace is ISO 9001 certified.

Although belonging to the international network of companies within the OHB group, LuxSpace acts fully independent and provides know-how, expertise as well as products and services to the European and global institutional and industrial market in the fields of space and defense system engineering and application development.

History of OHB System AG. and Key Dates


  • The Company was founded as a marine systems outfitter 


  • Otto Hydraulik Bremen GmbH (OHB) acquired by the Fuchs family. 


  • Payloads for shuttle and Spacelab missions engineered by Kayser-Threde.


  • Space activities commenced in Bremen, Germany.


  • Contributions made to German D-1 and D-2 shuttle missions by Kayser-Threde and OHB-System. Various further experimental equipment developed by Kayser-Threde for Space Shuttle missions. 


  • Industrial system management for German MIR missions assigned to OHB-System in Bremen and Kayser-Threde GmbH. in Munich, Germany. Further research equipment such as eye measuring systems developed.


  • ORFEUS, the first telescope developed under the lead management of Kayser-Threde, launched into space (repeat flight in 1996).


  • Development of infrastructure elements and payloads for the International Space Station ISS in Bremen and Munich, Germany


  • Development work on the air-borne SOFIA IR observatory commenced in Munich by Kayser-Threde and syndicate partner and affiliate MT Aerospace. In operation since mid-2010.
  • Instrumented MAQSAT dummy satellite supplied by Kayser-Threde for the Ariane 5 qualification flight.


  • Launch of the XMM-Newton x-ray telescope fitted with mirror modules supplied by Kayser-Threde.


  • PKE-Nefedoc plasma crystal experiment the first scientific experiment on board the Russian segment of the ISS.


  • OHB-System and OHB Teledata merged under the roof of OHB Technology AG.


  • OHB-System involved in the development of protective shields and cable harnesses for the ATV fleet for the ISS.
  • LuxSpace was created, a European space systems contractor


  • OHB-System awarded contract for the delivery and launch of six ORBCOMM satellites.


  • OHB-System awarded Small GEO satellite contract by ESA.
  • Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH, Munich, became an affiliate of OHB System in Bremen, Germany.


  • Columbus module successfully integrated in ISS.
  • European space transporter ATV successfully docked to International Space Station ISS.
  • Successful launch of the six ORBCOMM satellites (one ORBCOMM CDS, five ORBCOMM quick launches).


  • Contract signed by OHB-System and Spanish HISPASAT S.A. for the development and construction of the Hispasat-AG1 satellite.


  • OHB System awarded a contract for the construction of the first 14 FOC satellites for the European Galileo satellite navigation system.
  • Thales Alenia Space / OHB-System selected by EUMETSAT and ESA to develop and build the third-generation MTG weather satellites.


  • Assembly on Mount Wendelstein near Munich of the 20-ton, 2-meter class telescope developed by Kayser-Threde.


  • OHB System received the order to build eight further Galileo satellites.


  • TEXUS mission in altitude research programme of DLR and ESA under strong involvement of Kayser-Threde.
  • Also this year OHB System AG was awarded a contract for the development and integration of the SARah radar satellite reconnaissance system for the German federal armed forces.


  • OHB System and Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH merged and renamed company into OHB System AG operating two industrial sites in Bremen and Munich.


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