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.

Jena-Optronik selected by MDA Space as part of the MDA AURORA (TM) supply chain

Jena-Optronik GmbH announced today it has been selected by MDA Space Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, as part of the company’s supply chain for MDA AURORATM, a game-changing product line driving the transition from analog to digital satellite technology.

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Exploring a new world: NASA’s Psyche mission spacecraft equipped with sensor technology from Jena

Jena-Optronik provides autonomous star sensors to Maxar for the attitude control system of the Psyche spacecraft.

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Jena-Optronik goes ESA 4S Symposium

For the first time, Jena-Optronik will exhibit at this year’s ESA 4S Symposium in Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 27th to 31st May 2024.

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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 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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  • 75th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Milan, Italy
    October 14-18, 2024
  • ESA Industry Space Days, Nordwijk, the Netherlands
    September 18-19, 2024
  • World Satellite Business Week, Paris, France
    September 16-20, 2024
  • Small Satellite Conference, Logan, Utah, USA
    August 03-08, 2024