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Augsburg's traditional aerospace company breaks new ground

Augsburg, 28 April 2022 - "Minister of State Aiwanger visited us at exactly the right time, as we were able to explain to him today what the recently announced order from Amazon for the launch of Kuiper communications satellites with European Ariane 6 rockets means for our company and Augsburg as a space location: stability, security and growth," said Hans Steininger, CEO of MT Aeros-pace AG, summing up the visit.

NASA's return to the moon – with safety-critical structural components from Augsburg-based MT Aerospace for the upper stage of the Space Launch System (SLS)

Augsburg, 17 March 2022 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of OHB SE, have signed a further contract to supply structural components for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Boeing is the industrial prime contractor for the development and construction of this heavy-lift launch vehicle, whose first flight is scheduled for spring 2022. Boeing has now commissioned Augsburg-based MT Aerospace with the dome segments for the cryogenic hydrogen tank of the rocket's upper stage EUS (Exploration Upper Stage), thus expanding the existing cooperation between the companies.

Augsburg, 03.03.2022. The Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Dr Anna Christmann, paid an inaugural visit to aerospace company MT Aerospace AG in Augsburg yesterday. MT Aerospace is a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE.

Augsburg, 16.02.2022. EOS, the leading supplier of responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing (AM), has added MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the OHB SE Group, as the second partner for its newly created end-to-end production network. If a company of any size is looking for first-class support - from design and serial additive production to the finished component, it will in future be able to make uncomplicated contact with the selected, certified EOS partners via the EOS network. The Augsburg based company MT Aerospace AG has been supplying structures and components for Aerospace for more than 50 years and, as a specialist for materials and processes, has now been appointed EOS partner in the field of metallic AM components.

Bernd Beschorner appointed Chief Operations Officer

Bremen / Augsburg, 01.09.2021. The Supervisory Board of Augsburg-based MT Aerospace AG, a member of the listed high-technology group OHB SE, has appointed Bernd Beschorner to the Management Board with effect from 01.09.2021. Within the Management Board of MT Aerospace AG, Mr Beschorner will be responsible for the Engineering and Operations divisions, which include the company's various development and production divisions as well as Quality Management. In the past, Mr Beschorner has held various positions in the aviation industry as a member of the management of various companies.

Companies to explore additional collaboration on commercial satellites and NASA’s Space Launch System

AUGSBURG, Germany, July 7, 2021 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and MT Aerospace AG, part of OHB SE, today signed a new partnership agreement in Augsburg, in the presence of Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is intended to further diversify and expand MT Aerospace’s supplier activities for Boeing’s commercial, defense and space programs over the next few years.

Augsburg, 23 June, 2021. MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of space and technology group OHB SE, has reached an important milestone in the targeted development of a CFRP upper stage for a future European launcher: at the beginning of June 2021, it had its prototype high-performance tank for rocket engines made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) tested at the DLR test centre in Trauen as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ComET project within the Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP).

Augsburg, June 21, 2021. MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, was awarded a contract by ArianeGroup GmbH as part of the Future Launcher’s Preparatory Program of the European Space Agency (ESA) for the advanced technology development for a future black upper stage for the European launcher Ariane 6. The advantages of the smart material CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) are in demand for the commissioned development of the propellant tanks and structures

NASA and ESA plan to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth

Our neighboring planet Mars has been having repeated visits from Earth: Probes are orbiting Mars, rovers are being deployed there, we recently received a soundbite from Mars and, until recently, we eagerly anticipated the maiden flight of NASA's "Ingenuity" helicopter. The European Space Agency ESA and its U.S. counterpart NASA want to take robotic exploration of the Red Planet to a new level in the Mars Sample Return (MSR) program: the delivery of Mars soil samples to Earth in the 2030s. The Augsburg based MT Aerospace AG, which is part of the high-tech group OHB SE in Bremen, is making a major contribution to the program by supplying tank systems for the "Earth Return Orbiter" (ERO), the most prominent European component of this project.

ESA places 11-million-euro contract

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded MT Aerospace AG, a member of the high-tech group OHB SE, a contract to set technical standards for additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) in the space sector. The contract is worth €11 million, has a term of 3 years and is aimed at qualifying 3D processes and large-volume components for space applications.

Augsburg - MT Aerospace, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, signed a contract with ArianeGroup on the series production of the Ariane 6 launchers exploitation phase.

Start-up Rocket Factory Augsburg playing a leading role

Bremen, March 11, 2021 - Rocket Factory Augsburg AG, a subsidiary of space and high-tech group OHB SE, has been commissioned by the European Space Agency ESA to conduct a study on the future of the European space transportation sector. The microlauncher manufacturer is heading a consortium which also includes OHB companies MT Aerospace AG and OHB System AG. The objective of the study is to investigate New European Space Transportation Solutions (NESTS) for the period beyond 2030.

Staff and management demand clear political decisions

Augsburg, August 5, 2020. “The initial launch of Ariane 6 has been postponed. This means that series production will commence at a later date and on a smaller scale than planned. The fallout from the corona pandemic is additionally exacerbating the situation. We are in a difficult position,” states Hans Steininger, CEO of MT Aerospace AG. “Unless the governments of the European countries involved express their clear commitment to stabilizing the European launcher industries in the near future and arrange full funding of the Ariane 6 development project, MT Aerospace AG faces massive economic problems before the end of the year. There is a threat of further losses of jobs and the valuable expertise that has been built up over decades. If we fail to gain any solid perspective in the early autumn, we will be forced to make unpleasant business decisions.”

Ulrich Scheib appointed Chief Commercial Officer

Bremen / Augsburg, April 1, 2020. The Supervisory Board of Augsburg-based MT Aerospace AG, which is part of the listed high-technology group OHB SE, has appointed Ulrich Scheib to the company’s Management Board effective April 1, 2020. As a member of the Management Board of MT Aerospace AG, Ulrich Scheib will be responsible for program management, sales, Kourou business and future growth activities. Ulrich Scheib joined the company in October 2015, until now holding the position of Director of Space Programs, Business Development and Strategy.

New perspectives in the space sector for Bavaria

On Monday, February 3, 2020, the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder visited the aerospace company MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of OHB SE, in Augsburg. He was welcomed by Hans Steininger, CEO of MT Aerospace AG, and Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB SE. The central theme of the visit was MT Aerospace AG’s future prospects following the resolutions passed at the ESA Council of Ministers Space19+ conference last November, as well as New Space strategies for expanding Bavarian leadership in Germany and Europe.

  • MT Aerospace and ArianeGroup are signing two contracts to demonstrate maturity of all enabling technologies for a new lightweight, cost-optimized, versatile Ariane 6 composite upper stage
  • PHOEBUS is a project to validate technologies and concepts for an optimized upper stage on Ariane 6

Bremen, May 6, 2019. ArianeGroup and Arianespace today announced the start of production of the first 14 serial models of the European carrier Ariane 6 launcher in a joint announcement.

MT Aerospace AG is the largest supplier to the Ariane program outside France.

The most important points from the ArianeGroup and Arianespace press release:

  • Arianespace orders the first series models of the Ariane 6 from ArianeGroup.
  • Together with the European industrial network, ArianeGroup starts production of the first 14 Ariane 6s, which will be in operation in parallel with the last ten Ariane 5s from 2021 to 2023.
  • The first series production models of the Ariane 6 will leave the Ariane Group's plants at the beginning of 2021.
  • Ariane 6 is a programme of the European Space Agency ESA. The maiden flight is scheduled for 2020 as part of the development contract.

More information in this press release.

Augsburg, May 02nd 2019.With today's final burst test, the Augsburg-based aerospace company MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the listed technology group OHB SE (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), has successfully completed the development of a further carbon fibre reinforced rocket motor housing (CFK booster).

Bremen, October 02nd 2018. The Augsburg-based space technology company MT Aerospace AG today received the "Space Flight Awareness Award" for its outstanding work on the heavy-duty rocket system SLS of the US space agency NASA. The award was presented by former NASA astronaut and current Boeing Starliner space pilot Chris Ferguson on the recommendation of "The Boeing Company" at the International Astronautical Congress IAC in Bremen.

Augsburg, September 26, 2018. Today MT Aerospace an Augsburg based company is celebrating the 100th launch of the ARIANE 5 from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This anniversary launch marks an important milestone for European space travel. Ariane5 is an ESA program with ArianeGroup as prime industrial lead contractor. MT can proudly show itself to the public as a key partner in the successful development of the launcher.

Mainz/Bochum September 21, 2018. The Mainz-based company MT Mechatronics Germany, a subsidiary of MT Aerospace AG, has today been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five antennas by prime contractor SCISYS Deutschland GmbH for the ground segment of the “Heinrich Hertz” national satellite communications mission.

Augsburg/Main/Kourou, September 11, 2018 The new European Ariane 6 launch vehicle is to embark on its maiden flight from the Kourou space center in French-Guyana in July 2020. MT Aerospace AG of Augsburg, Germany, and its Mainz-based subsidiary MT Mechatronics GmbH are constructing the mechanical launch facilities (ELA 4) in Kourou in a contract for the French space agency CNES.

Aviation and space technology company MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the technology group OHB SE, has today officially opened the new production facilities for the Ariane 6 at its Augsburg site in a ceremony attended by numerous honorary guests. MT Aerospace has built a new hall in Augsburg with a floor area of around 2500 square meters, retooled a further production hall and digitized its entire development and production operations with the financial support of the European Space Agency ESA. State-of-the-art welding systems, machine-to-machine communications as well as modernized drilling and riveting robots ensure more efficient and cheaper production processes.

The new European Ariane 6 launch vehicle is to embark on its maiden flight from the Kourou space center in French-Guyana in July 2020. MT Aerospace AG and its Mainz-based subsidiary MT Mechatronics GmbH are constructing the mechanical launch facilities (ELA 4) in the Amazon region in a contract for the French space agency CNES.

  • jobs in Augsburg secured in transition phase to Ariane 6
  • MT Aerospace will be producing the metallic booster housings, tanks and other lightweight structures for the final ten Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicles

Augsburg/Bremen, April 4, 2018 With the hydrogen tank MT Aerospace has delivered the first component for the upper stage for the future European launch vehicle Ariane 6 to the ArianeGroup’s new production center in Bremen. Fabricated in Augsburg using the latest equipment and optimized processes, the tank floors and cylinder panels were assembled by MT Aerospace in Bremen to form a propellant tank.

Construction of the new launch facilities for the Ariane 6 launcher in Kourou, French Guiana, making swift progress. MT Mechatronics is playing a material role and has now prevailed over the European competition with the receipt of a contract for the delivery of the precision system for the mechanical ground support equipment MGSE.

Until now, small satellites have frequently had to “ride piggyback” on larger missions. In an effort to find ways of reducing the time required to place them in low earth orbits, the European Space Agency ESA recently instructed MT Aerospace AG among others to conduct feasibility studies into micro-launchers.

The new European launch vehicle ARIANE 6 is to embark on its maiden flight from the Kourou space center in French-Guiana in July 2020. MT Aerospace AG and its Mainz-based subsidiary MT Mechatronics GmbH are constructing the mechanical launch facilities (ELA 4) in the Amazon region in a contract for the French space agency CNES. With the successful completion of the critical design review at the end of November, Europe has come one important step closer to completing the ground facilities for the new launch vehicle.

Mainz, Germany/Pasadena, United States/ December 8th, 2017. It aims to revolutionize our understanding of how the universe arose and unlock its secrets: the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). MT Mechatronics GmbH, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space technology company OHB SE, has been awarded an engineering reviewing and engineering validation contract by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) for the construction of the mount for the 24.5-meter telescope in a project worth a total of around 1 billion US dollars.

This morning, MT Aerospace AG, a space technology company based in Augsburg, Germany and subsidiary of the listed technology group OHB SE*, successfully tested a new technology for carbon fiber-reinforced (CFRP) booster casings.

Augsburg, Germany-based space technology company MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the listed technology group OHB SE (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), has signed a contract with Airbus Safran Launchers for the development of key tank and structural components for the new European Ariane 6 launcher. Overall value of development contracts, Valued at around EUR 170 million, the development covers all necessary development activities up to the completion of the planned maiden flight of the launcher in 2020 as well as spending on the establishment of production capacities for up to twelve launches a year.

Bremen, March 17, 2017. OHB SE and MT Aerospace AG (a subsidiary of OHB SE, Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005936124) are partners of “Team Germany“ who is going to support the organization of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen next year. On a ceremony in the Bremen City Hall, the partners signed a co-operation treaty today.

Chiang Mai/ Thailand, March 17, 2017. The Mainz, Germany-based antenna and telescope specialist MT Mechatronics GmbH (a subsidiary of OHB SE, Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005936124) today received a contract for the construction of a 40-meter radio telescope from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) in Chiang Mai.

Augsburg, February 09, 2017. MT Aerospace AG, a member of the European space and technology group OHB SE (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Standard), has been awarded further contracts by US space technology group Boeing for additional development work on the Space Launch System (SLS).

MT Mechatronics GmbH, Mainz (MTM, a subsidiary of MT Aerospace AG in Augsburg) has today successfully completed the first project review of the mechanical systems for the launching facilities for the new ARIANE 6. The contract had been awarded by the French space agency CNES on October 7, 2016 via the parent company MT Aerospace AG.

Mainz/Bonn, 15 December 2016. The Mainz-based telescope and antenna specialist MT Mechatronics GmbH (MTM, a subsidiary of OHB SE, Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005936124) and Bonn's Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) today signed an agreement to build a prototype antenna together for the radio telescope project SKA that is currently in development.

Paris/Augsburg. MT Aerospace, a subsidiary of listed technology group OHB SE (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124), and the French space agency CNES signed a contract on Friday, October 7th, about the realization of the launch facilities for ARIANE 6 at Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou, French-Guiana.

Chilean-based MT Mecatronica SpA, a subsidiary of OHB SE (Prime Standard, ISIN DE0005936124) has once again won the international tender for the provision of maintenance and engineering-support services to European Southern Observatory's Paranal astronomical observatory.

Augsburg, February 16, 2015. The European Space Agency’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) last Wednesday successfully performed a precisely executed re-entry test flight and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

  • New tank design holds almost twice as much fuel as the ARIANE 5 ECA
  • New production technologies improve efficiency

  • New tank design will hold twice the propellant mass compared to today’s ARIANE 5 ECA
  • New manufacturing technologies to improve production efficiency

Finishing in December 2014 after 13 month of work.

International cooperation with Ventspils University College in Latvia.

On 4 February MT Mechatronics signed a contract in Oslo for the turnkey delivery of two 13-metre VLBI 2010 telescopes to the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

25 high-precision antennas delivered and installed by MT Mechatronics in the Atacama Desert in Chile

Dr. Wolfgang Konrad, the Chief Technical Officer of MT Aerospace AG, is leaving the company at his own request on October 19, 2012 to pursue new career challenges...

An initial agreement on a mutual license grant was signed this week by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative and MT Aerospace for the companies’ complementary infusion technologies that are used in the production of composite components and structures.

OHB companies to explore new concepts for future European launch services

Key components for launcher and payload again manufactured in Augsburg.

Shaping technologies for future aerospace applications – this vision of MT Aerospace is demonstrated at this year’s International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

MT Aerospace Satellite Products has been awarded a contract by Thales Alenia Space for the manufacture of 81 propellant tanks for the Iridium NEXT satellite program.

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