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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.

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Exhibitor: Jena-Optronik GmbH

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