OHB is closely involved in exploration and space science via a wide range of different projects, acting as both a components supplier and a principal contractor.

This entails missions dedicated to planetary science, fundamental physics and astrophysics as well as the harnessing of extraterrestrial resources. These are supplemented by technology demonstration missions relevant for the areas mentioned above.

Exploration and space science involve a high degree of cross-disciplinary questions, thus creating new technological approaches and fresh opportunities for science, research and business.

As the largest German space technology company, OHB System AG additionally takes the initiative and performs its own self-financed exploration and space science studies. For example, experts of the OHB group are currently working on a two-part ExoMars mission, a flagship project within the ESA Aurora program in conjunction with the Russian space agency. This mission is currently concentrating on a scientific examination of Mars from orbit and on the surface to search for life on this planet.

In addition to ExoMars, OHB is conducting further studies for exploring the moon, Mars and other celestial bodies such as Jupiter and asteroids.


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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 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.