SAR-Lupe demonstrating superb image quality
Visit by general inspector of the German Armed Forces to OHB
SAR-Lupe is the future satellite system which the German Federal Armed Forces will be using for radar-based reconnaissance operations. The first of a total of five satellites is currently being built by Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG, the principal contractor for the project. “Our satellite concept is unique in the market place at the moment,” explains OHB’s CEO, Prof. Manfred Fuchs. “The intelligent combination of largely already existing and proven components has given rise to a new system offering top image resolution,” he continued.
Yesterday, OHB was able to demonstrate the potency of the new system to the customer once more.
Using the first satellite model of SAR-Lupe, various imaging tests were performed. The data gained confirmed that SAR-Lupe will comply with the image-quality specifications of the customer, the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement.
OHB has established a ground station in Gelsdorf near Bonn for controlling the satellite and evaluating image data. This station went into operation on Wednesday, July 28, 2004. As a result, it will now be possible to train future users under real operating conditions to ensure that they are ready when the first satellite is launched next year.
These important milestones in the completion of the SAR-Lupe project coincided with a visit by General Wolfgang Schneiderhan, the general inspector of the German Federal Armed Forces, who was able to satisfy himself of the progress which OHB is making on the SAR-Lupe project and gain further information on other defense-related projects being handled by the Company.