Hexapod, part of NASA SAGE III mission, was launched on February 19th, 2017 from Cape Canaveral.
The SAGE III (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment-III) instrument, funded by NASA as part of the EOS (Earth Observing System) program, was successfully launched for installation on the International Space Station (ISS) on last February 19th, 2017. The instrument was launched on-board a SpaceX Falcon vehicle and DRAGON spacecraft from the NASA launch site of Cape Canaveral. The SAGE III instrument, whose goal is to provide global, long-term measurements of key components of the Earth’s atmosphere, includes the Hexapod Pointing System (HPS) developed by ESA with a major contribution from OHB Italia. The HPS has an essential role since it acts as the legs of the payload, which keep the instrument level in orbit. It includes the Hexapod Mechanical Assembly (HMA) and the Hexapod Electronics Unit (HEU). In this frame, OHB Italia was in charge of the design manufacturing and test of HMA and HEU.
Farewell SOLAR - 15th February 2017
The SOLAR payload, installed on the International Space Station outside the European module Columbus, has been deactivated today, after nine years of successful mission, well beyond the planned operational life of three years. Launched on February 7th, 2008 aboard the Shuttle Atlantis (mission STS122E), together with the EuTEF payload (entirely developed, assembled and tested by OHB Italia), SOLAR was installed on Columbus by EVA and immediately activated on February 15th. It is composed of three instruments for solar observation, installed on a two-axis rotating platform for Sun pointing with compensation of changes of ISS attitude and relative angle between Sun and ISS orbital plane. In the frame of this mission, OHB Italia was responsible for the whole development cycle of the payload Control Unit (CU), from the preliminary design to the delivery of one Ground Model, one Proto-Flight Model and a spare Flight Model.
OHB Italia at Smallsat Symposium, Sillicon Valley, 6-8th February 2017.
OHB Italia was among the main Space operators participating at Smallsat Symposium, which took place from last February 6th to 8th, 2017 in Mountain View, Sillicon Valley, USA.
Launch of SmallGEO satellite: a success also for OHB Italia - January 2017
On last January 2017, the first telecommunications satellite from the SmallGEO programme
was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guyana.
SmallGEO was developed, integrated and tested in Germany by OHB System AG which acted as
Prime Contractor. OHB Italia, which is one of OHB European sister companies, was also involved in the successful
development and realization of SmallGEO and will also contribute to future SmallGEO
In the frame of this first satellite, OHB Italia developed the payload management unit and supported system engineering of the thermal control subsystem.
For further information, please read OHB SE Press Release
From January 1st, 2017, CGS SpA Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio is OHB Italia SpA.
CGS signed the conversion contract for the realization of the MWI instrument for the European MetOp-SG weather satellites – August 2016
CGS SpA Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio, and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH have signed the contract for the realization of the MicroWave Imager (MWI) instrument for the MetOp Second Generation (SG) weather satellites. The contract follows a successful preliminary design activity, the selection of all subcontractors and the price conversion to firm fixed for the realization phase.
Angelo Vallerani, new President of the Lombardia Aerospace Cluster - July 2016
Angelo Vallerani has been elected new President of the Lombardia Aerospace Cluster for the 3-year period 2016-2018. This is a significant role for Mr. Vallerani since the main goal of the Cluster is to develop and promote the aerospace industry of Lombardy through the creation of a network of big and Medium companies. Mr. Vallerani is currently Head of Initiatives at CGS, which is a Founding Member of the Cluster since 2009.
CGS at the Berlin Air Show - June 2016
CGS has participated as Exhibitor together with its Mother Company OHB SE, to the International Air Show of Berlin on last June. With its numerous innovations and advanced technology the ILA Berlin Air Show demonstrates the capabilities and achievements of all areas of the global aerospace industry.
CGS awarded ESA Contract for NEO Survey Telescope - February 2016
CGS has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency for NEO Survey Telescope procurement, deployment and acceptance of full-scale integrated prototype.
The overall objective of the work is to realize a prototype telescope with a full scale aperture on the basis of the design developed in the precursor activity relative to NEO Survey Telescope Detailed Design. The prototype telescope shall be fully integrated and will be eventually equipped with sixteen camera channel. The NEO network consists of four telescopes which will be subject of future procurement by the Agency.
In this framework, CGS has been selected as the Prime Contractor and will therefore be in charge of performing all project management activities necessary to ensure the success of the project.
ASTRO-H X-Ray Astronomy Satellite successfully launched - February 2016
ASTRO-H, the sixth of a series of X-ray observatory satellites developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was launched on Febr. 19th 2016 on board the Japanese H-IIA Launch Vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center (Japan).
ASTRO-H mission objective is the understanding of the structure and evolution of universe, including the explosion of stars, the origins of gigantic black holes in the centers of galaxies, and the nature of dark matter as a main component of our universe. The mission is a major international collaboration led by JAXA with over 70 contributing institutions in Japan, the US, Canada, and Europe. Major international partners include NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center as an important player in instruments development, Stanford University, SRON, Université de Genève, CEA/DSM/IRFU, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and European Space Agency (ESA), who contribute in critical areas of the hardware and software development.
In 2011, CGS was awarded a contract with ESA to manage the detailed procurement activities for ESA hardware contributions to the ASTRO-H mission. In the 2011-2014 timeframe, CGS delivered several flight items including Loop Heat Pipes for the SXS cryostat, High Voltage Power Supplies for SGD, HXI and SXS instruments, high purity platinum and sputtering targets for Hard X-ray Telescope mirror coatings and scintillator crystals for anti-coincidence shields on high energy detectors HXI and SGD.
LISA Pathfinder successfully launched - December 2015
LISA Pathfinder was successfully launched on December 3rd, 2015 on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
LISA Pathfinder is a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and involves European space companies and research institutes from France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US space agency NASA.
ESA created this mission to develop and prove technologies that cannot be verified on the ground. LISA Pathfinder is a decisive step towards the realization of the first space observatory for gravitational waves which will reshape our understanding of the Universe.
CGS played a significant role in this mission since in November 2014, the company delivered the inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission to ESA. The inertial sensors build the heart of the high-precision metrology required for the observatory.