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Space Institutions

Since 20 years and longer the European space agency ESA, the European Commission as well as the German Space Agency DLR continually entrusts HPS with the development of technologies of high impact for future European space projects. Prominent examples are antennas in Q/V-band, radar applications, large deployable reflector subsystems for earth observation and climate protection, deployable sails subsystems for green clean de-orbiting, latest CFRP-technologies and nano-technology. Per year in avarage five new technology development orders are awarded to HPS.

Driving the European space exploration programs ESA – like its primes – also has an eye on the selection of HPS competing Europe-wide on ranks two and three in the whole supply chain.

Large deployable antenna on Copernicus HPCM-Satellite CIMR

Large Space System Integrators

Directly contracted by the primes, large system integrators, the HPS-group meanwhile participates with flight hardware in significant science- and telecommunications missions, like:

  • Heinrich Hertz with prime OHB and TESAT Germany: Ka-band antenna for communication and internet applications
  • EUCLID with primes TAS-Italy: Ka-band antenna reflector assembly for scientific data transfer to Earth
  • Copernicus-HPCM with both LSI Airbus and TAS: Pre-engineering of the large deployable reflector subsystem for CIMR and ROSE-L (together with our 15 subcontractors such as LSS, RUAG, vH&S, TICRA,…)
  • ExoMars 2016 with satellite lead TAS-Italy: MLI equipment for two instruments onboard the orbiter and the EDM landing module (with former daughter company HPS-PT)
  • SENTINEL-4 for OHB and Airbus-De: Radiators and MLI for the optical instrument
  • Contracts to HPS Romania by Airbus (UK & FR) for BIOMASS (satellite vertical integration stand) and JUICE (satellite purge equipment), as well as Qinetiq (BE) for ALTIUS (Thermal Hardware).

The quality of HPS performances on this highest possible level in the space business has been testified by primes by awarding the title of „preferred supplier“ to HPS and official letters acknowledging flexibility and passion of the HPS teams working day and night to fulfil integration tasks directly at their flight hardware.

Photo 1:
Large Deployable Reflector Subsystem Concept onboard Copernicus HPCM Mission CIMR

Photo 2:
S4-MLI Radiators at the vibration test

Photo 3:
Space debris, need for ADEO (picture by ESA)