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Thuringian company Jena-Optronik, with 250 employees, is a true pioneers in the space Industry:

  • Attitude and orbit control sensors for satellites and spacecrafts: Rendezvous sensors, Star sensors and Sun sensors; more than 450 sensors have been delivered for space missions to date.
  • Space optics and electronics for Earth observation satellites

Jena-Optronik, a subsidiary of Airbus Defense and Space, is a partner in demand globally, both for the world’s biggest space agencies as well as for almost all the large aerospace system companies in Asia, Russia, Europe and North America. These leading aerospace system companies rely on the products made in Jena/Thuringia and use them in their most critical missions.

Jena-Optronik GmbH is EN/AS 9100:2018 certified.


Key to our successful projects

  • World-wide activities with a broad customer base
  • High quality awareness and well-qualified, motivated employees
  • Strong future-proof technologic basis in an innovative environment
  • Co-operations at location of Jena
  • 30 years of experience with optical instruments
  • Partner in international und national Projects

Awarded Products

Turning science fiction into reality: MEV servicing mission to extend the lifespan of satellites

The "Mission-Extension Vehicle" (MEV for short) of the US tech company Northrop Grumman has been successfully deployed in space with the latest optical technology from Jena on-board. A new docking sensor system from Jena-Optronik GmbH is on its maiden flight as part of the world's first commercial on-orbit servicing mission in geostationary Orbit.

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For the Earth from outer space: EDRS-C

The European "data highway in space" is on its way into geostationary orbit with technology from Jena.

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Rendezvous in space

Twelve years after its maiden flight on ESA‘s ATV-1 “Jules Verne“, our Rendezvous and Docking Sensor (RVS®) successfully completed its last mission.

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"We know what the Earth breathes"

A look at our contributions to "Sentinel-4" in the European Earth observation programme COPERNICUS.

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Space photography

Apollo astronauts as photographers: stunning pictures of our blue marble, the moon and astronauts' lifes 

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Space: It’s all around us

Space inspires us all and creates a wealth of knowledge

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