Attitude and Orbit Control Systems

We are a worldwide leading company in the field of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) for space applications.

Our specialists have developed and manufactured opto-electronic sensors for the Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) of satellites since the 1980s and evolved this technology to become a worldwide leader in this field.

The product range of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) sensors covers

The first Star Tracker ASTRO 1 has proven its space competence on the space station MIR for more than 15 years. Today, the ASTRO 15 Star Tracker developed for long-term missions with high accuracy pointing is successfully operating e.g. on DirecTV's satellites. Application examples for the company's ASTRO 10 Star Tracker are the Earth Observation programs TerraSAR-X as well as Tandem-X and the German SARLupe. The next generation star sensor ASTRO APS is based on innovative CMOS detector technology and will be integrated on the European large telecom satellite AlphaSat.

More than 60 flight units of the Precision Sun Sensor PSS are operatingvery successfully on space missions since 1997, e.g. on several Alcatel Spacebus 3000 satellites. The successor model FSS (Fine Sun Sensor) is an analogue sun sensor with a high degree of flexibility to cope with a large variety of customer requirements and has been delivered for Radarsat-2, Cosmo-Skymed and Galileo GSTB-V2.

The unmanned transfer vehicles ATV (ESA) and HTV (JAXA), but also the American “Cygnus” approach the International Space Station ISS with the help of the Rendezvous- and Docking Sensor RVS.

Japanese-German cooperation for a flawless rendezvous in space

The Rendezvous- and Docking Sensor (RVS) from space company Jena-Optronik is ready for its sixth mission to the International Space Station on the Japanese transfer vehicle HTV.

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Jena-Optronik recieves award for the new building

„Würdigung Jenaer Fassadenpreis 2015“ for Jena-Optronik's new home.

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Konnichiwa, successful exhibition in Tokyo

From October, 12-15 2016 we presented us and our products on a GErman Joint booth together with DLR and OHB at the Japan Aerospace Exhibition, Tokyo

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Today’s generation requires a more in-depth knowledge of the world than the previous generation ever did. By exploring space, we are able to discover, survey and understand our home planet. On our updated website, we intend to give you an insight into the world of aerospace and the technology Jena-Optronik produces. Accompany us on our journey!

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Space: It’s all around us

Space inspires us all and creates a wealth of knowledge

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  • October, 12-15 2016
    Japan Aerospace Exhibition, Tokyo