Space heritage

The exceptional conditions in space require high demands on the products and their engineers.

We meet the requirements of our customers with our know-how. Beyond that our fascination of the universe and curiosity to gain new perspectives enable high-quality products.


Attitude and orbit control sensors for satellites and spacecrafts

Our Portfolio comprises precise and robust sensors for state-of-the-art AOCS to ensure stable performance of satellites:

with a broad application range from LEO to GEO orbit: Constellation – Earth Observation – Space Transportation – GEO Telecom – Deep Space and Science. Up to today more than 450 AOCS sensors have been sold and are used worldwide within national and international projects.


Space optics and electronics for Earth observation satellites

With the development of the multi-spectral imagers for RapidEye Jena-Optronik successfully entered the market of satellite-based Earth observation Instruments enabling us to become a member of the core teams of Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 within the European Earth observation program COPERNICUS.

COPERNICUS continuously observing the global changes - contributions from Jena:

  • Electronics and optical filter for Sentinel-2 - objectives: land monitoring
  • Opto-mechanical structure, subsystems, telescope and scan systems of for Sentinel-3 - objectives: marine observation
  • Optics for Sentinel-4 - objectives: air quality monitoring
  • Optics and filter for Sentinel-5 - objectives: air quality Monitoring

Space exploration

The Jena-based company develops components and systems to explore the solar system and planets:

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.

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As science fiction became reality… 36.000 km above Earth

Northrop Grumman’s “Mission Extension Vehicle-1” (MEV-1) had its historic docking with the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft on February 25, 2020. Now, MEV-2 successfully docked with the Intelsat IS-1002 satellite, again with space technology from Jena.

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Space optics: Our contributions to Sentinel-4

The ESA Sentinel-4 mission is part of the European Commission Copernicus Programme for monitoring the Earth. We develop and build the core main optics of the Sentinel-4/Ultra-violet/Visible/Near- Infrared (UVN) instrument, which comprises a telescope, a UV-VIS spectrometer and a NIR spectrometer.

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#30of30

As we are turning 30 years, we a delighted to give you insights on our history as well as future missions with space technology made by Jena-Optronik.

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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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