Test benches and ground support equipment

Opto-electronic test benches and mechanical adjustment and assembly devices represent an important role in verifying customer-specific requirements for space applications. For example, the specific device performance parameters need to be test under various loads and environmental conditions.

Whether it is a device for Earth observation, a telescope for laser communication or a star sensor for controlling the attitude of a satellite, they all have to perform under the extreme conditions and a long period in space.

Environmental tests are necessary to ensure the performance. For this purpose, Jena-Optronik develops special test benches, which are adapted to the customer’s requirements, e.g. vibration and shock tests or thermal vacuum tests.

Furthermore, Jena-Optronik develops mechanical and opto-electronic tools for the integration and adjustment of components suitable for use in space: From the smallest component (e.g. adhesive and adjustment devices) to complex devices such as telescopes and spectrometers.

The high performance and complex test benches developed by Jena-Optronik are used to verify optical devices.

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Jena-Optronik provides autonomous star sensors to Maxar for the attitude control system of the Psyche spacecraft.

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Two of Jena-Optronik’s ASTRO APS star sensors enable the attitude and orbit control of the German geostationary communication satellite, which was developed and built by OHB System AG.

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Jena-Optronik goes ESA 4S Symposium

For the first time, Jena-Optronik will exhibit at this year’s ESA 4S Symposium in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 27th to 31st May 2024.

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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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