Munich | Bucharest

Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE)

In the field of MGSE HPS at both sites, in Germany and in Romania, does have profound expertise as well as capacities for design and manufacturing of highly reliable ground support equipment facilitating handling and assembly of space structures.

The offer includes design, analysis, manufacturing, and test of MGSE for instruments, satellites and launcher sections using metals with high safety reserves; surfaces and parts are prepared by specialized partner companies of HPS. Practical examples are more than 10 MGSE-items for the optical 300kg instrument METIMAGE; an integration frame for the BIOMASS-Satellite and a purge equipment for the JUICE-Satellite.

For further information please contact our chief engineer.

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Hoisting and turning GSE


  • Subsystem and spacecraft hoisting beams and turing devices
  • Stepless turning
  • Self locking
  • High margins of safety
  • Proof testing with mass dummies
  • Cost efficient design, analysis and manufacturing via HPS Portugal
  • Reference of hoisting device for a launcher structure (almost 1 t)

Reference example:
MGSE for 300 kg METIMAGE optical instrument onboard METOP

Integration and Test GSE


  • Integration stands
  • Storage trolleys
  • Assembly GSE
  • Access platforms
  • Purge Equipment
  • Test adapter
  • Cost efficient design, analysis and manufacturing via HPS Portugal
  • Proof testing with mass dummies

Reference examples:

  • Vertical Integration Stand for BIOMASS
  • Complete Purge Equipment for the ESA-Satellite JUICE, flying to JUPITER

Transport Containers



  • Protection of sensitive hardware and optical instruments
  • Cleanroom compatible materials
  • Damping and shock absorption
  • Active control of air temperature and moisture
  • Continuous air filtering for high cleanliness
  • IATA compliant venting for pressure equalization during air transport
  • Continuous monitoring and recording of temperature, moisture, pressure, acceleration and shock levels