New space for space flight: OHB’s satellite integration hall in Bremen officially opened

Construction period: 1 year; investment volume: approx. EUR 7 million

Inauguration Galileo hall
Galileo hall (c)2012 OHB System AG

OHB System AG, a subsidiary of the European space and technology group OHB (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), officially opened its new satellite integration hall in the presence of Peter Hintze, the parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and aerospace and aeronautics coordinator of the German federal government, and Martin Günthner, Senator for Economics, Labor and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Further guests attending the ceremony included Dr. Paul Weissenberg, Deputy Director General of the European Commission, Didier Faivre, Director of the Galileo program at the European Space Agency ESA, and Prof. Hansjörg Dittus, a member of the Management Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Some 100 high-ranking representatives from politics, business and industry participated in the ensuing celebration. 

Speaking at the ceremony, State Secretary Peter Hintze said this: “OHB has managed to obtain two contracts for Galileo satellites from ESA on behalf of the European Commission - the first one for the delivery of 14 and the second one for the delivery of a further eight satellites. The two contracts have substantially boosted space technology activities in Germany. In view of the quantities and schedules involved, this has given rise to a type of “mass production of satellites” of a type unprecedented in Germany and extremely rare throughout the world. This marks a crucial milestone for OHB, for Galileo and, hence, all of Europe.”

The new integration hall bears the name of the Galileo* satellite navigation system. Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB AG, said: “We have selected this name because this programme is an extraordinary success for our Company and an essential infrastructure project for all citizens of Europe.”

With a floor area of 1,500m2, the Galileo hall conforms to purity class 100,000 and is OHB’s largest satellite integration hall in Bremen. Construction of the hall took only one year on a budget of EUR 7 million. The hall was designed and built by Bremen architects Haslob Kruse + Partner, who had previously also been responsible for OHB’s SAR-Lupe hall, which was awarded first prize in the “Working places of the future” competition in 2010.

Added Marco Fuchs: “With this investment, we have made great strides towards achieving our goal of being able to handle multiple major projects in parallel in different project stages. OHB System AG is increasingly moving beyond being a systems provider and evolving into a satellite platform and integration center for all Europe.

The Galileo hall will also be used for two of a total of nine work islands for the Galileo FOC (full operational capability) assembly activities. In addition, the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) weather satellites and the SmallGEO communications satellites will also be built there.

* The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed and fully funded by the European Union. The Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission. The views expressed in this Press Release can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union and/or ESA. "Galileo" is a trademark subject to OHIM application number 002742237 by EU and ESA.

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