Company: OHB-System AG:
On December 4, 2008, the SAR-Lupe radar reconnaissance system was officially handed over to the German Bundeswehr.
All five satellites are producing superb images. The overall system went into productive operation in December 2007. The German radar-based satellite system and the French optical satellite system are being integrated, marking a preliminary step towards European strategic reconnaissance. Further partners will also be able to join the system.
All satellites have been successfully placed in orbit and are operating perfectly. The overall system was officially handed over to the German Federal Armed Forces in October. OHB-System is in charge of the satellite service until 2017.
As part of Europeanization efforts, an interim solution was implemented at the beginning of 2008 allowing the simple exchange of images between Germany and France. The final system is due to be completed at the beginning of 2010.
SAR-Lupe: BMVg, BWB (customer)
and Thales Alenia Space Toulouse,
Carlo Gavazzi Space, COSMOS International,
DLR GSOC, EADS Defence &
Security, Rosoboronexport, RST, RTG,
Saab Space, Tesat Spacecom, Thales
Electronic Devices Ulm as a subcontractor;
ESGA & FSLGS: BMVg, BWB, DGA
(customer), EADS Dornier subcontractor