SAR-Lupe is taking shape
High power amplifier successfully demonstrated / production of first flight model in new integration hall
The satellite test model for the first German satellite reconnaissance system is taking shape. At the beginning of September, OHB-System AG, the company that chiefly commissioned the five radar satellites and the ground station, delivered the assembly stand for the radar payload (the SAR Sensor) to TESAT Spacecom in Backnang.
After integrating the high-power amplifier for the radar pulses, Tesat has now successfully demonstrated its functionality. Following this, an electronic unit that produces radar pulses and receives and stores echoes will be added to the stand at Alcatel Space in France.
The final integration of the satellites will take place at OHB in Bremen. The space technology company has built a new integration hall for the SAR-Lupe system with a total area of more than 800m2 at Bremen’s Technologiepark.
In addition to the test model, the subsystems for the preliminary flight model of the five satellites are already being built in the integration hall. OHB sees huge potential for marketing this satellite technology for civil users as well. As a result, it has forged a number of partnerships, including with US company Space Imaging and France's Alcatel Space.