Space heritage

The exceptional conditions in space require high demands on the products and their engineers.

We meet the requirements of our customers with our know-how. Beyond that our fascination of the universe and curiosity to gain new perspectives enable high-quality products.


Attitude and orbit control sensors for satellites and spacecrafts

Our Portfolio comprises precise and robust sensors for state-of-the-art AOCS to ensure stable performance of satellites:

  • Star Sensors/Star Tracker (ASTRO® product family)
  • Rendezvous- and Docking Sensors (product family RVS®)
  • Sun Sensors

with a broad application range from LEO to GEO orbit: Constellation – Earth Observation – Space Transportation – GEO Telecom – Deep Space and Science. Up to today more than 450 AOCS sensors have been sold and are used worldwide within national and international projects.


Space optics and electronics for Earth observation satellites

With the development of the multi-spectral imagers for RapidEye Jena-Optronik successfully entered the market of satellite-based Earth observation Instruments enabling us to become a member of the core teams of Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 within the European Earth observation program COPERNICUS.

COPERNICUS continuously observing the global changes - contributions from Jena:

  • Electronics and optical filter for Sentinel-2 - objectives: land monitoring
  • Opto-mechanical structure, subsystems, telescope and scan systems of for Sentinel-3 - objectives: marine observation
  • Optics for Sentinel-4 - objectives: air quality monitoring
  • Optics and filter for Sentinel-5 - objectives: air quality Monitoring

Space exploration

The Jena-based company develops components and systems to explore the solar system and planets:

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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