Saab Ericsson Space in Göteborg, Sweden, develops antenna systems to
German radar satellites. The contract, signed with German OHB-System of
Bremen, includes equipment for five satellites for the German Ministry
of Defence. Deliveries will continue until 2005.
SAR-Lupe is a satellite-based high-resolution reconnaissance system,
with a resolution better than 1 meter. The space segment consists of
five satellites and the satellites will be placed in three different
orbits at approx. 500 km altitude. The first satellite launch is planned
for 2005 with a Russian launcher.
Saab Ericsson Space is responsible for development and manufacture of
the satellites' complete SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) antennas,
consisting of a reflector and a deployable boom with feed horns for each
of the five satellites.
The more than three meter large reflector is based on Saab Ericsson
Space's generic technology for reflector antennas, which provides for
extremely good thermal stability and low mass. The reflectors will be
manufactured at Saab's facilities in Linköping, Sweden, and the
deployable boom assemblies will be supplied by Saab Ericsson Space's
subsidiary Austrian Aerospace of Vienna, Austria.
Saab Ericsson Space has previously delivered high accuracy reflector
antennas to scientific satellites like Rosetta and Odin, and to
telecommunication satellites Eutelsat W4 and Sirius. With the new order
Saab Ericsson Space further strengthens its position as a major
independent supplier of satellite and launcher equipment and subsystems.
OHB-System AG in Bremen, Germany, is prime contractor for the SAR-Lupe
programme and the final customer is the Federal Office of Defence
Technology and Procurement of the German Ministry of Defence.
Saab Ericsson Space is an international and independent supplier of
space equipment. The main products are onboard computers, microwave
electronics and antennas, guidance and separation systems and thermal
hardware for use on board satellites and launchers. The company's
headquarters is in Göteborg, Sweden and the Mechanical Products Division
is in Linköping, Sweden. Saab Ericsson Space has subsidiaries in
Austria, Austrian Aerospace, and in the USA, Saab Ericsson Space Inc.
The total amount of employees is 680 peoples.
Saab Ericsson Space is jointly owned by Saab and Ericsson.
Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The Group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
integration. Ericsson is a world-leading supplier in the field of
telecommunications. Ericsson offers total solutions from systems and
applications to mobile telephones and other communications technology.
About OHB-System AG:
OHB-System AG is a medium-sized system house for space technology and
security and reconnaissance tasks. The headquarters located in the
Technology Park Bremen employs a team of 160 top-class scientists and
engineers working at numerous national and international projects in the
fields of small satellites, manned space flight and technologies for
security and reconnaissance. The experiences gained in a multitude of
projects and the excellent teamwork with other companies enables OHB-
System to compete with international large-scale enterprises. Due to the
consequent extension to a high-technology house OHB-System is German
marketleader in the field of small satellites.
OHB-System AG belongs to the Fuchs-Gruppe, which combines 425 highly
95% of them are scientists and engineers.
For further information, please contact:
Iréne Iréne Svensson, Director of Communications Phone: +46 31 73544 63,
and Public Relations, Saab Ericsson Space +46 705 - 35 08 18
Danela Sell, Head of Communication & PR, OHB-System AG
Phone: +49 421- 2020-620
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +49 421 2020-700
This information is also available at www.space.se & www.ohb-system.de.
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