Kayser-Threde Satellite successfully deployed in orbit
TET-1 launched July 22, 2012 at 08:42 MEZ;
Successful first contact with the satellite
Lift off of the TET-1 satellite went according to schedule at 06:41:39 UTC (08:41:39 MEZ, i.e. 12:41:39 local time) on July 22, 2012 from the Russian cosmodrome Baikonour (Kazakhstan) on a Soyuz-Fregat launcher which injected it into its destined orbit at 520 km. A successful first contact at 10:24 MEZ marked the begin of the operational commissioning phase of the German satellite. The Technology Experiment Carrier (TET) will run a one-year series of experiments on the on-board flight samples.
Kayser-Threde, a member of the prime standard listed OHB AG of Bremen, was selected by the DLR Space Administration (DLR: German Space Agency), for the realization of TET-1 as prime contractor and systems leader. Munich-based Kayser-Threde was also responsible for the satellite launch. Specialized technical staff will continue to support the mission throughout the early operational phase and during routine operation.
The Technology Experiment Carrier TET-1 is the core element of the OOV (On-Orbit Verification) Programme of the German Space Agency (DLR) and serves the verification in space of products which have been tested on ground. The technology experiments on board include new-generation solar cells, a navigation receiver, a battery system, a pico propulsion system for satellites, computer hardware, a sensor-bus system developed by Kayser-Threde for temperature measurement as well as an IR-camera for the detection of forest fires.
`I am very proud of our employees and all who have contributed to the TET-1 mission. I would like to thank DLR for the trust placed in Kayser-Threde und our project partners for the successful cooperation. I wish for us all that the OOV-mission with TET-1 is an all-round success! It is pleasing to note that Kayser-Threde and our partners were selected by DLR for a study for a successor mission. Work has already begun.`, says Juergen Breitkopf, Head CEO at Kayser-Threde. The company intends to continue to accompany this type of verification of technology for later space applications and arrange flight opportunities for national and international organizations and ompanies. A family of TET-satellites is being designed to enable institutional and commercial customers to select a satellite best suited to their requirements; for both classical OOV-applications and Earth observation or the early detection of forest fires.
Collaborating with Kayser-Threde in the TET-1 project are Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH, DLR`s German Space Operation Center (GSOC) located at Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, and Lavoshkin Association. TET-1 was realized with funds from BMWi (grant no. 50 RV 0801).
About Kayser-Threde GmbH
Kayser-Threde is a major systems supplier specialised in the development and implementation of high-tech solutions for the sectors space, science and industry. The extensive product portfolio comprises system solutions for manned and unmanned space missions, optical systems and process control engineering.
In addition to the technology experiment carrier TET-1, the company currently realises another national satellite: EnMAP, an optical hyperspectral satellite for the further investigation of our environment. All six MTG-satellites for the future European weather satellite constellation shall be equipped with sophisticated instrumentation and sensors designed and manufactured by Kayser-Threde. In 2007 Kayser-Threde became a member of the European space and technology Group OHB AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124)
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