Multi-purpose camera systems with radiation hard design for a wide field of applications

Our camera system developments and products profit by our long-term experience with our ASTRO star sensor product family. This enables us to offer a variety of solutions for demanding environments and a broad mission spectrum.

Typical applications and scenarios for our camera systems are:

  • Relative navigation, e.g. Formation Flying of satellite constellations, Approach and docking to a space object or satellite
  • Inspection of near satellite objects
  • Surveillance of satellite surroundings
  • Image generation for various applications, e.g. Earth Observation, Asteroid or comet observations, Detection of hot objects in Earth’s atmosphere of on ground

For all our camera systems, reliability is our key priority and cornerstone. Hence, they are designed, constructed and build to work in rough environments with extreme radiation loads over a long lifetime.

Our customers trust products made in Jena and they appreciate the support from our team during the mission’s lifetime. This makes us proud and we will continue to convince with reliable, innovative products.

Until recently, we focused on the visual spectrum of light with our camera systems. Our solutions for various Sentinel missions within ESA’s Copernicus program enabled us to gain experience in other parts of the electro-magnetic spectrum.

Our new camera ASTROtir is using the thermal infrared part of the spectrum. Our ASTROhead cam has been successfully used on Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicles MEV-1 and MEV-2. Our cameras were essential sensors used during the mission for the approach and docking maneuver to a different satellite.

Heinrich Hertz mission launched with star sensors “Made in Jena” on board

Two of Jena-Optronik’s ASTRO APS star sensors enable the attitude and orbit control of the German geostationary communication satellite, which was developed and built by OHB System AG.

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Mission enabler: Jena-Optronik star tracker selected by Airbus OneWeb Satellites

Jena-Optronik is proud to announce that it has been selected by satellite constellation manufacturer Airbus OneWeb Satellites to provide the ASTRO CL star tracker for the ARROW family of small satellites.

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As we are turning 30 years, we a delighted to give you insights on our history as well as future missions with space technology made by Jena-Optronik.

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Space optics: Our contributions to Sentinel-4

The ESA Sentinel-4 mission is part of the European Commission Copernicus Programme for monitoring the Earth. We develop and build the core main optics of the Sentinel-4/Ultra-violet/Visible/Near- Infrared (UVN) instrument, which comprises a telescope, a UV-VIS spectrometer and a NIR spectrometer.

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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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