LuxSpace wins ESA Study on In-Orbit Demonstration Mission
Betzdorf, Luxembourg, 17. October 2013
Today, LuxSpace announces that it has won one of the ESA IOD studies aiming at developing concepts for in-orbit demonstrations. Out of 50 proposals made by European industry, six were selected.
The LuxSpace led team, also consisting of the Swiss based RUAG and SES TECHCOM from Luxembourg as major partners has proposed a mission that will allow the test of a newly developed vessel detection payload using the emissions from ship radars in combination with the RUAG developed optical terminal to downlink the huge amount of data. It is planned that both payloads will be hosted on the LuxSpace micro satellite platform called TRITON 3. Within the project, SES TECHCOM will be in charge of the ground segment. „The attribution of the project to LuxSpace and its team by ESA shows that also small countries have the possibility to establish dedicated missions“, said Jochen Harms, Managing Director of LuxSpace.
The study will have a duration of six to eight months and will possibly lead to further development phases.
LuxSpace is an affiliate of OHB AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), one of the three large space prime companies in Europe. LuxSpace has about 50 employees and is mainly developing micro satellites and is actively participating in the OHB System led Small GEO initiative. Furthermore, LuxSpace has a strong service business with specific focus on AIS (Automatic Information System for Ship Detection) and Earth Observation.