Jena-Optronik GmbH

Booth number E12D

www.jena-optronik.de

As vast as the universe is, there is no space for inaccuracy: With innovative Star Sensors and LiDARs on our way to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

About us

With innovative Star Sensors and LiDARs on our way to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

#visionary As vast as the universe is, there is no space for inaccuracy.

#highlight2022 The Orion spacecraft is equipped with Star Sensors from Jena-Optronik.

#reliability The ASTRO® APS is the world's most successful star sensor with over 350 flight patterns ordered. It is successfully used in a variety of missions by almost all international satellite manufacturers.

#future Jena-Optronik’s latest innovations - ASTRO® CL, an extremely compact, lightweight and radiation-hard optical head for small satellites and the new (mega)constellations. In addition, the successor to our ASTRO APS: ASTRO® APS3, the next generation versatile Star Sensor for the high-rel space market.

#rendezvous in space Our RVS® Lidar portfolio enables a huge variety of mission scenarios. These include for example the unaided determination of position & attitude of objects in space or the landing on celestial bodies like Moon or Mars.

Address
Jena-Optronik GmbH
Otto-Eppenstein-Str. 3
07745 Jena
Germany

Phone: +49 3641 200110
Internet: www.jena-optronik.de

Contact person

Steffen Schwarz
Vice President Marketing & Sales
Phone: +49 3641 200286
Annett Feige
Director Public Relations
Phone: +49 3641 200255

Products and Services

For decades now we’ve been successfully making leading-edge space missions possible "out of space for our world".

As a space company we make an important contribution, to detect and better understand the challenges our planet is facing. Various applications within the field of satellite communication, navigation and Earth observation improve our daily life.

We’re proud to count the world’s leading space companies and agencies among our clients. They rely on innovations made by Jena-Optronik.

As vast as the universe is, there is no space for inaccuracy: sensors by Jena-Optronik keep satellites and spacecrafts stable and on track. ´

Visionary technology in the truest sense of the word: our space optics & electronics help to generate crucial Earth observation data, helping to improve the quality of life.
ASTRO® APS

The ASTRO® APS is the world's most successful star sensor with over 350 flight patterns ordered. It is successfully used in a wide variety of missions by almost all international satellite manufacturers.

With the star sensor, Jena-Optronik has made significant contributions to innovative milestones in operational missions in space, e.g. Alphasat. Furthermore, the star sensors work on the world's first geostationary communication satellite, which is operated fully electrically.

ASTRO® CL, ASTRO® APS3 and ASTROhead

Jena-Optronik’s The latest innovations from Jena-Optronik include the ASTRO® CL, an extremely compact, lightweight and radiation-hard optical head targeting applications in the market of small satellites like those used in the new (mega)constellations.

In addition, the successor to our ASTRO APS: ASTRO® APS3, the next generation versatile Star Sensor for the high-rel space market.

Jena-Optronik’s ASTROhead is a compact and light-weight space camera for demanding environments.

RVS® 3000(-3D)

Our RVS® Lidar portfolio enables a huge variety of mission scenarios. These include for example the unaided determination of position & attitude of objects in space or the landing on celestial bodies like Moon or Mars.

Our LiDAR can detect hazards in the landing zones during the approach and identify safe landing zones. Many other missions and applications are conceivable - such as robotic service missions on satellites and other types of spacecrafts.

News & Innovations

Return ticket booked: From Earth to Mars and back again
Star sensors from Jena lead the way to the red planet.

Three ASTRO® APS star sensors (star trackers) from Jena-Optronik GmbH and LiDAR RVS® 3000 have been selected for the "Mars Sample Return - Earth Return Orbiter" (MSR-ERO for short) mission and will be supporting this fascinating project. The reliability and excellent performance of the ASTRO APS were key factors in the selection process by Airbus Defence and Space in France.

Mars Sample Return is a joint mission between the U.S. space agency NASA and the European Space Agency ESA. The Earth Return Orbiter is one of three mission elements for which Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse was selected as prime contractor by ESA. The ambitious goal is to bring samples from Mars back to Earth for the first time. Three consecutive missions will be implemented to fulfill this challenging task. Mission components, which are manufactured to the highest quality and cutting-edge technology are crucial for the project’s success. Further reading
Space camera from Jena on the hunt for asteroids
Jena-Optronik GmbH is delivering a new camera system to the prime contractor OHB System AG for the HERA mission.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) space probe HERA, together with its fellow spacecraft, the NASA probe DART (short for: Double Asteroid Redirection Test), plans to investigate the effects of an kinetic impact on an asteroid. The results of this experiment will help to develop methods and technologies to divert such rocks in space. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the space group OHB SE, won the ESA contract to lead the industrial consortium for HERA.

The camera for HERA is based on the ASTROhead featuring an adapted optics tailored to the requirements of the mission. The Jena space specialists celebrated its maiden flight in 2019 on the Mission Extension Vehicle "MEV" which extends the service life of satellites. The compact HERA camera will be used for navigation and for taking scientific pictures of the asteroid. Further reading
Research and living in space
Axiom Space selects Rendezvous- and Docking Sensor from Jena-Optronik for its commercial space station module.

Axiom Space, a Houston-based US company, is building the first commercial space station, called “Axiom Station”, offering access to low Earth orbit to researchers, governments, manufacturers, technology development and private individuals. When the first commercial module – the Ax-H1 – docks with the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024, a RVS 3000 LiDAR sensor from Jena-Optronik will be on-board to ensure an accurate in-space approach and docking manoeuvre.

Best in class, Jena-Optronik’s sensor is a single box LiDAR containing all optical and electronic components including the necessary processing capabilities for an ISS approach using retro-reflector targets. The fully qualified RVS 3000 has achieved TRL9 (Technology Readiness Level) on several US, European and Japanese flights to the International Space Station. Further reading

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