1960-1969

Foundation - As a part of the Telespazio Group, we back the history of human space technology. With Telespazio’s foundation in 1961, we are proud looking back on milestones of space history that were supported by Telespazio, such as the Satellite TV test transmission of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 or the broadcasting of the moon landing in 1969.

1970-1979

Footprint in Germany - In Germany, Telespazio VEGA has been involved in the space business for over 40 years, witnessing the foundation of ESA in 1975 and the launch of the very first Meteosat Satellite in 1977. Ever since the creation of the companies that should become today’s Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, we have been supporting the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) with operations & engineering services on many missions and programmes.

1980-1989

Growing space activities – In the 80s our passion and expertise within the space industry became more and more recognised. This decade marked an increase of our development work for monitoring and control systems, be it for Ground Stations or spacecraft like Ulysses (an ESA/NASA mission), ERS-1 and ERS-2 (both ESA). With the foundation of EUMETSAT in 1986, our client base grew: The first control system for Meteosat was developed by our skilled engineers.

This expertise showed also in our support and maintenance of the Multiple Satellite Support System (M3S), the predecessor of today’s Satellite Control and Operating System (SCOS). It was then when we became involved in SCOS’ future commanding chain, the CCSDS Frame Standard.

At the same time, we initiated our relationships with the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC). Our first contract dates back to 1983 for Flight Operations preparations for the future Columbus module – the beginning of our activities in Human Spaceflight.

The 80s were also exciting times for space exploration: With the development of two simulators, we contributed to the success of ESA’s astrometrical mission Hipparcos as well as to Giotto, a European spacecraft to chase after Halley ’s Comet.

1990-1999

Technology Transfer - Our experience and adaptability were the reasons why our portfolio started to broaden more and more in the 90s. We developed simulators for helicopter pilot training and submarines, became involved in astronaut training and created the foundation for our Air Traffic Management Services and for innovative solutions for research under microgravity conditions.

Our activities in the core domain of space were given another push in the 90s: While clients like ESA entrusted us with mission preparations support like Envisat, Artemis, Olympus and Eureka, we were expanding our consultancy services at EUMETSAT.

Our involvement in Human Spaceflight reached an exciting momentum on Christmas 1997 when a launcher delivered an experiment, designed by our staff, to the MIR Station. It consisted of a laptop that astronauts could use to train selected maintenance procedures. What seemed revolutionary back then is state of the art today.

The 90s marked also the beginning of our expert position in the Satellite Navigation domain. The discussions to create a Public Private Partnership for Europe’s Satellite Navigation System Galileo led to our involvement in several GNSS committees in the European Commission.

2000-2009

Recognised market player - The beginning of this millennium marked, not only for us, the age of the big space programmes in which Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been, or is still involved, ranging from Europe’s Earth Observation Programme Copernicus, the International Space Station through the provision of astronaut training or the related Astronaut Training Database, Europe’s own Satellite Navigation System Galileo to Interplanetary Missions like Rosetta and ExoMars.

During these years, we built also the trust and loyalty with international aviation clients through collaborations on the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Programme. We also deepened our partnership with helicopter manufacturers and training facilities and became involved in several helicopter training systems.

2010 - today

Change and Diversification - During the second decade of this century, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland experienced substantial growth and a number of changes. Our structural, organisational and name changes challenged our market positioning. However, with change came opportunity to re-position our offering, to strengthen our position within aerospace associations like BDLI, and to increase collaborations with the primes for systems development like helicopter training systems. Our mother company’s offering of Satellite Telecommunications enabled us to get involved in political working groups shaping the digital infrastructure in Germany.

"We are proud to name ourselves the first choice aerospace and it is our goal to strive for excellence. We live in interesting and challenging times at the dawn of a new space era and our possibilities are endless." - Sigmar Keller


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