Attitude and Orbit Control Systems

We are a worldwide leading company in the field of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) for space applications.

Our specialists have developed and manufactured opto-electronic sensors for the Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) of satellites since the 1980s and evolved this technology to become a worldwide leader in this field.

The product range of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) sensors covers

The first Star Tracker ASTRO 1 has proven its space competence on the space station MIR for more than 15 years. Today, the ASTRO 15 Star Tracker developed for long-term missions with high accuracy pointing is successfully operating e.g. on DirecTV's satellites. Application examples for the company's ASTRO 10 Star Tracker are the Earth Observation programs TerraSAR-X as well as Tandem-X and the German SARLupe. The next generation star sensor ASTRO APS is based on innovative CMOS detector technology and will be integrated on the European large telecom satellite AlphaSat.

More than 60 flight units of the Precision Sun Sensor PSS are operatingvery successfully on space missions since 1997, e.g. on several Alcatel Spacebus 3000 satellites. The successor model FSS (Fine Sun Sensor) is an analogue sun sensor with a high degree of flexibility to cope with a large variety of customer requirements and has been delivered for Radarsat-2, Cosmo-Skymed and Galileo GSTB-V2.

The unmanned transfer vehicles ATV (ESA) and HTV (JAXA), but also the American “Cygnus” approach the International Space Station ISS with the help of the Rendezvous- and Docking Sensor RVS.

Star competence honored with “High Five Award”

American technology group and satellite manufacturer Lockheed Martin awards “High Five Award” to a project team of Jena-Optronik GmbH.

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A rendezvous in space: the automated cargo spacecraft Cygnus with future technology from Jena starts its voyage to the ISS

Built by the American aerospace company Northrop Grumman, the re-supply mission S.S. Roger Chaffee (Cygnus NG-11) successfully lifts-off to the International Space Station (ISS) on 17th April 2019, On board is the latest generation of rendezvous and docking sensors developed by Jena-Optronik GmbH.

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Japan Aerospace Exhibtion

2018 edition of the event took place from November 28-30, 2018.

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Art meets space

We draw a picture of space and how we see it at this year's ILA in Berlin.

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Space photography

Apollo astronauts as photographers: stunning pictures of our blue marble, the moon and astronauts' lifes 

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Space: It’s all around us

Space inspires us all and creates a wealth of knowledge

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Events

  • April, 08-11 2019
    Space Symposium, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • June, 17-23 2019
    Paris Air Show in LeBourget, Frannce