This business segment’s activities encompass satellites, crewed spaceflight, exploration and security/reconnaissance technologies.

Another focus is developing and implementing payloads, scientific equipment and devices for aeronautics/aerospace, research institutes and industry.

Thus, OHB System AG develops, builds, launches and operates low-orbiting and geostationary small satellites for scientific applications, communications and terrestrial observation.

Earth Observation

The main business activities and applications of OHB System (Oberpfaffenhofen site), entail Earth observation and satellite navigation as well as scientific payloads and the testing of new technologies.

Human Space Flight

The human space flight segment includes construction work on the International Space Station ISS/Columbus and fitting it out with research equipment.


Exploration primarily entails research of outer space, particularly the Moon. Reconnaissance satellites and broadband radio transmission of image data form the core of the security and reconnaissance activities.

Space Systems Core Segments

Satellite Technology

With its steady, primarily organic growth and technological leadership, OHB has made a name for itself in the space community and particularly also in the European satellite market.

Human exploration

On top of the national satellite missions which have already commenced, DLR has launched a further initiative for lunar exploration. In this connection, OHB-System executed a phase 0 study for the Lunar Exploration Orbiter (LEO) mission on the basis of the Small Geo/Luxor platform in 2007.

Human Spaceflight

At the same time, it has gained a unique position not least of all thanks to its status as the only European company in the human space flight segment to be involved in all payloads and laboratories for the Columbus module of the International Space Station ISS.