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Societas Europaea
Industry Aerospace
Headquarters Bremen, Germany
Number of locations
2 (Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen)
Key people
  • Marco R. Fuchs (CEO)
  • Christa Fuchs (Chair of Supervisory Board)
[citation needed]
Products Spacecraft
Website ohb.de]
Footnotes / references
OHB building 1 and SAR Lupe integration building
OHB building 3

OHB SE is a European company that develops and manufactures space systems. A key product of the company is fully integrated satellites.[2]

The company was founded in 1958 as a marine systems outfitter.[3] However the activities of the company shifted toward space technology in the 1980s after the couple Christa Fuchs and Manfred Fuchs took over leadership of the company.[4] At present OHB is the third largest space company of Europe.[5]


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 Small GEO (Hispasat AG1), 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).[6] The first two are expected to be ready in October 2012.[dated info]
  • In February 2012, an additional order of eight satellites was awarded to OHB Systems for €250M ($327M), after outbidding EADS Astrium tender offer. Thus bringing the total to 22 FOC satellites.[7]
  • In 2014/2015, OHB was in talks with OneWeb as part of a potential joint venture to open a new facility for manufacturing approximately 900 200 kg (440 lb)-small Internet-delivery satellites. OHB is just one of five European and US manufacturers competing to build these sub-US$500,000 satellites.[8][9]


  1. ^ OHB System AG. "OHB System ENG - Space Systems + Security". Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). OHB AG. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Interviews - Wei Sun". International Astronautical Federation. June 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "OHB System ENG - Milestones". OHB System. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ de Selding, Peter (28 April 2014). "Manfred Fuchs, 75, Partnered with Wife To Make OHB Europe’s Third Biggest Space Prime". SpaceNews. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  6. ^ [1], "EU awards Galileo satellite-navigation contracts", BBC News, 7 January 2010
  7. ^ Dunmore, Charlie (1 February 2012). "UPDATE 1-OHB beats EADS to Galileo satellite contract -sources". Reuters. 
  8. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (2015-03-19). "Competition To Build OneWeb Constellation Draws 2 U.S., 3 European Companies". Space News. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Messier, Doug (2014-11-11). "WorldVu Satellites Issues RFP for 640 Satellites". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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