Rendezvous sensors

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. 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.

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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