OHB System is a medium-sized aerospace company located in Bremen, northern Germany, which belongs to the OHB AG (formerly OHB Technology AG). OHB System is a systems provider in the areas of telematics, space technology, security and satellite services. The company was founded in 1958 as a marine systems outfitter and shifted its fields of activity toward aerospace engineering after Prof. Manfred Fuchs joined the leadership of the company in 1985.
OHB was originally an abbreviation of Otto Hydraulik Bremen, which was later changed to Orbitale Hochtechnologie Bremen (Orbital High-technology Bremen).
OHB AG and OHB System employ approximately 2,400 persons in the fields of space, aerospace, and industrial products. The turnover was 616,0 million € in 2012.
The company has been working on numerous prestigious national German and international projects related to small satellites, manned space flight as well as security and reconnaissance technologies.
- Examples of OHB satellite missions for telecommunication, earth observation and reconnaissance are BREMSAT, SAFIR 1&2, BIRD/RUBIN, ABRIXAS and the first German reconnaissance satellite system, SAR-Lupe.
- Examples of OHB microgravity facilities are the International Space Station racks Fluid Science Laboratory and European Physiology Modules.
- Projects OHB demonstrated at the 2006 Berlin Air Show included CONDOR/ARDS, an airborne modular reconnaissance system, and Mona Lisa, a study for planning and implementing a lunar exploration program.
- On 7 January 2010, the European Commission announced that the contract to build the first 14 operational satellites for the Galileo Global Satellite Navigation System was awarded to OHB System and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). Fourteen satellites will be built at a cost of 566m euros ($811m; £510m). The first two are expected to be ready in October 2012.
- , "EU awards Galileo satellite-navigation contracts", BBC News, 7 January 2010