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Implementation Phase for National Earth Observation Mission EnMAP Starts

Munich, (Kayser-Threde) – Today, Kayser-Threde signed a contract with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bonn, which entrusts the company as the system prime for the next German satellite mission: EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program). It represents the largest single contract ever placed at Kayser-Threde. The total amount for the manufacturing and launch of the satellite pertaining to this optical earth observation mission amounts to 90 million Euro.

“I would like to thank the German Aerospace Center and the German Ministry for Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie) for the faith placed in us. We are very proud of being allowed to revolutionize the optical remote sensing with the Hyperspectral Earth observation satellite EnMAP together with our project partners” says Jürgen Breitkopf, CEO of Kayser-Threde GmbH.
“Over the next years we will even be working on two Münchner Kind’l in space for the DLR: In addition to EnMAP we are realizing satellite mission TET-1 with overall responsibility.” System Leader Kayser-Threde. As prime contractor for the realization and launch of this technically challenging satellite, Kayser-Threde is responsible for the following mission aspects:

  • Space Segment including procurement of the satellite bus as well as integration and test of the entire satellite
  • Development and manufacturing of the payload: a sophisticated hyperspectral instrument
  • Procurement of the flight opportunity including launch support and preparation and the launch itself.
  • Kayser-Threde has already demonstrated high competence in optoelectronic systems with the telescopes ORFEUS (satellite borne) and SOFIA (air borne) as well as with the mirror modules for the X-ray satellite XMM-Newton.

    Mission goals. The environmental satellite EnMAP is essentially designed as a scientific mission. EnMAP’s high-quality data and the resulting information shall lead -amongst others- to an improved model of global biospheric and geospheric processes.

    The data will be applied in soil and land management, water monitoring, diagnostic mapping and analysis (research of raw materials, detection of brownfields) and catastrophe management.