OHB awarded follow-up contract for European reconnaissance system
OHB-System to conduct a further study on a combined SAR-Lupe/HELIOS II System
Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG has received an order from the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement to conduct the second phase of a study concerning the establishment of a European satellite-based reconnaissance system. In a preliminary step, OHB-System, which is developing and constructing SAR-Lupe in its capacity as the principal contractor, has already produced a concept permitting France to co-use the German SAR-Lupe radar system while giving Germany access to the HELIOS II optical system. In this second phase, OHB will be describing in detail the required technical adjustments to the SAP-Lupe ground station and defining the precise interfaces in a project with a total value of EUR 3.4 million scheduled for completion by mid 2004. Assuming that the project is implemented as of 2005, projects worth a further EUR 35-40 million will be forthcoming.
The ground segments of SAR-Lupe and Helios II are to be utilized as the core element of a European-wide strategic reconnaissance system. To this end, the E-SGA study will be identifying the aspects of the SAR-Lupe ground segment requiring technical modifications and extensions and producing a corresponding budget and schedule. Preliminary parts of the system are to be available at the end of 2005, when Helios II goes into operation. The first SAR-Lupe satellites are scheduled for launch at the beginning of 2005.