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OHB Italia SpA provides the user community with solutions to lower the cost of first class science and application missions by:

  • Exploiting the full potential of small and medium size satellites.
  • Exploiting new orbital and transportation systems.
  • Exploiting advanced technologies that are turned into high performance products for space applications.


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Admiral Carlo Massagli (Military Advisor to the President of the Council) visited OHB Italia premises on 12th July 2019

On Friday 12th July, OHB Italia SpA received the institutional visit of Admiral Carlo Massagli, Military Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister. The Admiral was briefed on the ongoing programs and on the future business opportunities for the company and was especially interested on the Flyeye Telescope which, in a few years, will be able to discover and track asteroids running towards the Earth and dangerous debris orbiting around the Planet.



FLYEYE Media Event – 11th July 2019 – Press Conference

The Flyeye Telescope is an innovative optical instrument, mimicking the complex structure of a fly’s compound eye. The application of Flyeye will permit to implement an innovative wide survey Earth protection service, for detection of threatening asteroids dangerous for Earth.
ESA’s Flyeye Telescope, the first of its kind, has reached an important milestone: it is now largely assembled, including the astronomic camera (definitive assembly at factory expected for mid 2020).
The Telescope will be located in Sicily (Italy), close to the top of Mufara Mountain - 1865m (site observation infrastructure will be ready in 2021). Once operative, it will automatically bring newly detected objects to the attention of ESA experts at the Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre (NEOCC).
Media were invited on behalf of ESA and ASI to OHB Italia SpA in Turate (CO) on 11th July 2019, to discover how this world-class technology is coming to life and the role it will play in the international planetary defence system. We had speakers working across ESA’s Space Safety Activities, as well as experts from ASI and OHB Italia SpA.



OHB Italia at Le Bourget – Paris Air Show 17th – 23rd June 2019

OHB Italia attended from 17th to 23rd June the International Paris Air Show 2019 (Hall 2C, Booth C 318).



Angelo Vallerani confirmed as President of the Lombardia Aerospace Cluster - May 2019

The Directive Board of the Lombardia Aerospace Cluster has re-elected as President Angelo Vallerani (CHIEF of institutional Relations of OHB Italy), for the upcoming three years (2019-2021). The responsibility of the role is strategic, as the Aerospace sector in Lombardia accounts for one third of the whole national export, with revenues of 5 billion euros. His role, in continuity with the past mandate is to foster a stronger relationship between SME and big companies and to thrust the internalization process and competitive reinforcement of small and medium local enterprises.



PRISMA Satellite succesfully launched – March 21st, 2019

Starting last night, PRISMA satellite has begun its mission orbiting Earth. Its hyperspectral eyes will soon observe and acquire new images of Earth giving insight into its natural resources. Using the VEGA launcher, it took off from the European base of Kourou in French Guyana at 2.50 am GMT+1.
PRISMA is a program funded by ASI and represents a global excellence, which highlights the capabilities of Italy to provide a “turn-key” space system, from planning to implementation, from launching to ground data management. PRISMA was developed by a Temporary Joint Venture of companies, led by OHB Italy, responsible for the mission and management of the three main segments (land, flight and launch), and Leonardo, which built the electro-optical instrumentation.
Mr. Aceti, Managing Director at OHB Italia, said “Thanks to the intense activity of our team, PRISMA finally reaches its orbit from where it will provide innovative data that will revolutionize the very concept of services from space for the benefit of institutions and citizens.”

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PRISMA: new launch date planned on March 21st, 2019

The launch of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) mission PRISMA (Hyperspectral Precursor and Application Mission) has been postponed a few days due to further verifications. The new date for the launch of the PRISMA satellite from the European spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana is now targeted to the night between 21 and 22 March, at 22.50 (Kourou time) aboard a VEGA rocket.
The Italian Space Agency satellite will observe the Earth using a hyperspectral optical sensor, which can open up new scenarios for the control of the environmental processes of our planet.

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Nano-sat EAGLET 1 successfully launched – 3rd December 2018

The EAGLET 1 satellite, the first nano-sat prototype for Earth Observation and maritime surveillance from OHB Italia was successfully launched yesterday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US, on-board a Falcon 9 launcher in SSO-A mission from SpaceX.
EAGLET 1 is a 3U+CubeSat satellite which will be placed in sun-synchronous orbit at 575 km altitude; it embarks two payloads:
- a high resolution optical payload which will acquire panchromatic images;
- a payload, able to receive and rely to the ground the AIS signals (ship position, track, destination and other data) transmitted by vessels in the area covered by the satellite.
The EAGLET 1 satellite will be located in the Lower Fry Flyer (MPC) inside the Falcon 9 fairing and its release into orbit will take place in the last phase of mission, after the release of the primary load and the first release of secondary payloads.

Press Release OHB




SERENA successfully launched on-board Bepi-Colombo mission – October 2018

On last October, 20th, the Bepi-Colombo mission was successfully launched from the French Guyana with the Ariane 5 vehicle.

Bepi-Colombo is the first European mission to Mercury, which will provide, starting from 2025 - date of arrival at Mercury - measurements to allow unprecedented studies of composition, origin and dynamics of Mercury’s exosphere and polar deposits and structure and dynamics of Mercury’s magnetosphere.

Among the instruments mounted on-board Bepi-Colombo, SERENA (Search for Exosphere Refilling and Emitted Neutral Abundances) is a single experiment composed by 4 sensors devoted to the detection of neutral and ionized particles in the Hermean environment. It addresses some of the main scientific objectives of the Bepi-Colombo mission such as exosphere composition and spatial distribution and dynamics, search for exo-ionosphere and its relation with neutral atmosphere, surface release processes, atmosphere/magnetosphere exchange and transport processes and escape, source/sink balance, geochemical cycles.
In the frame of SERENA, OHB Italia has been awarded a Prime Contractor role with ASI as responsible for the whole SERENA instruments suite integration and testing. Moreover, OHB Italia in collaboration with AMDL, has designed and manufactured the ELENA sensor as well as the SERENA SCU (Sensor Control Unit), heart of the SERENA suite, which controls and manage data to and from all the other instruments.
Read OHB Press Release




OHB Italia inaugurates a new Cleanroom facility – 25th June 2018

OHB Italia has inaugurated a new Integration and Manufacturing Facility in clean environment adjacent to the headquarter building in Milan. The official inauguration ceremony was held on June 25th, 2018 in the presence of the President of the Italian Space Agency, Roberto Battiston, representatives from the European Space Agency and from the industries and the local authorities. This new facility is operational since June 2018 and will increase OHB Italia capacity in space system production, in particular for satellite integration.

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Come and visit OHB Italia at ILA, Germany – April 25th through 29th, 2018

OHB Italia is participating to the International Space exhibition ILA in Berlin from April 25th through April 29th, 2018.
ILA is the industry’s largest exhibition in Europe, an event in which the latest innovations and developments in space are presented.
ILA welcomes trade visitors from Wednesday 25 April to Friday 27 April, and will open its doors to the general public on the weekend, 28 April - 29 April.
Come and visit us at the ILA Berlin ExpoCenter in Hall 4, Booth 201.




ASIM successfully launched on April, 2nd 2018 and now switched on !

The space project ASIM (Atmospheric Space Interactions Monitoring), a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), was successfully launched on April 2nd, 2018 at 4.30 pm local time (10.30 pm Central European Time) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
ASIM is an observatory which will be mounted outside on the International Space Station (ISS), and which will be used to study high-altitude electrical discharges in the stratosphere and mesosphere above severe thunderstorms, the so-called red sprites, blue jets, haloes, and elves, and monitor X-ray and Gamma-ray flashes. A knowledge which can be used to identify climate processes in the atmosphere and improve climate models for the Earth.
On april 14th, ASIM was then installed on Columbus and the commissioning started with the switch on and various tests.
In the frame of this mission, OHB Italia has been in charge of the support to system design, the system integration and validation, the software development and the data handling & power distribution unit development.
For further information, click here (e dovresti inserire un link con il testo del file allegato “ASIM Launch”).

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ASIM planned for launch on April, 2nd 2018

The last preparations are well underway at Cape Canaveral in Florida for the next launch of the space project ASIM (Atmospheric Space Interactions Monitoring), a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), planned on April 2nd, 2018 at 4.30 pm local time (10.30 pm Central European Time).
ASIM is an observatory which will be mounted outside on the International Space Station (ISS), and which will be used to study high-altitude electrical discharges in the stratosphere and mesosphere above severe thunderstorms, the so-called red sprites, blue jets, haloes, and elves, and monitor X-ray and Gamma-ray flashes. A knowledge which can be used to identify climate processes in the atmosphere and improve climate models for the Earth.

In the frame of this mission, OHB Italia has been in charge of the support to system design, the system integration and validation, the software development and the data handling & power distribution unit development.





OHB team awarded ESA study for resource utilization on the Moon – March 2018

OHB Italia has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the definition of the payload for the Lunar ISRU Demonstration Mission (ISRU DM), expected to be flown in 2025. The mission is part of ESA’s European Exploration Envelope Programme (E3P). The purpose of the mission is to demonstrate the ISRU technologies (In-Situ Resource Utilization) required for exploiting the lunar soil in order to produce breathable oxygen and drinkable water.
These technologies are key for the sustainable provision of the consumables needed for future human operations on lunar surface. A team led by OHB Italia SpA as prime and with subcontractors OHB System AG, Germany, Politecnico di Milano and the OHB spin-off BlueHorizon, Luxembourg, is in charge of the definition of the technology demonstrator payload.

For further information, please read OHB SE Press Release.




EUCLID mission: contract signed for the realization of two scientific instruments – February 2018

OHB Italia was awarded a contract from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for the realization of two scientific instruments, the VIS (visual Imager) and NISP (near-infrared spectrometrer and photometer) instruments for the phase D of the Euclid mission.
Euclid is an ESA medium class astronomy and astrophysics space mission. It was selected by ESA in October 2011 and its launch is planned for 2021. The Euclid mission aims at understanding why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating and what is the nature of the source responsible for this acceleration which physicists refer to as dark energy. Dark energy represents around 75% of the energy content of the Universe today, and together with dark matter it dominates the Universes’ matter-energy content. Both are mysterious and of unknown nature but control the past, present and future evolution of Universe.




OHB Italia part of the EU Horizon 2020 Earth Observation ALERT project – February 2018

The activities of the Earth Observation ALERT project (Next Generation Satellite Processing Chain for Rapid Civil Alerts) from the Horizon 2020 program from the European Union have officially started!
This project regards the development of key Earth Observation technologies for rapid civil alerts. The goal is to develop the next-generation satellite Earth Observation data and processing chain, based on a novel system architecture that moves key Earth Observation data processing elements from the ground segment to the satellite, with the objective of providing Earth Observation products to End User with very low latency.
In the frame of this program, OHB-I will be responsible for the development of the innovative on-board processing avionics on which the other technologies will be integrated and tested. OHB-I will also provide its support in the integration, testing and verification phase, which will be performed at the company’s headquarters in Milan. The company will also provide its expertise in the definition of the application scenario and consequent requirement collection and definition.

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Prime Contractorship for OHB Italia in the frame of ESA BIOMASS Programme – January 2018

In the last weeks of 2017, OHB Italia signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the procurement of the BIOMASS structure platform.
The BIOMASS satellite, due for launch in 2021, belongs to the 7th of ESA Earth Exploration missions and will provide essential information on carbon storage in global forests. In the frame of this contract, OHB Italia will lead a team of European subcontractors; the scope of work is the provision of the BIOMASS satellite structure including the design, development, production, integration, verification and testing of the equipment.





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