Bremen, February 11, 2019. OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, has received funding from the European Space Agency's General Studies Programme (GSP) to develop a methodology for designing multifunctional satellite parts. GSP lays the groundwork for the Agency’s future activities in the short to medium term.The project-team uses new advanced manufacturing technologies and lightweight materials. OHB will be supported by its project partners OHB Czechspace s.r.o. from the Czech Republic and the RHEA Group from Belgium.
The OHB team works in so-called ‘Concurrent Design’ sessions at OHB’s facilities in Bremen. Engineers from various disciplines such as design, structural analysis, system engineering and product safety will work closely together to design components that meet the complex requirements typical for space applications. "Concurrent Engineering" is a process in product development. The principle of the process is the simultaneous succession of traditionally work processes. As soon as sufficient information has been gathered in one workflow, the next workflow is started in parallel. The advantage of this process is that the development time for a new product is shortened. As a result, a process is defined that includes the design, the end-to-end manufacturing process, and verification strategies.
"The project will help us to implement advanced manufacturing technologies and new lightweight materials for the design of structural and payload components. At the same time, we will continue to expand our expertise in the use of interdisciplinary cooperation in a Concurrent Engineering environment for the design of satellite components," says the project manager Dr. Marco Mulser. The activity commenced in December 2018 and runs until the end of 2019.