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Kayser-Threde GmbH based in Munich, Germany is a systems house specializing in the design and development of high-technology solutions for astronautics, science and the industry. The array of solutions includes applications in manned and unmanned space missions, optics, telematics, crash test data acquisition, and process control for the rail sector. On September 1, 2014, Bremen-based OHB System AG and Munich-based Kayser-Threde GmbH merged under the name OHB System AG. In this way, the capabilities and capacities of our two outstanding space companies were centralized[1]


Kayser-Threde has delivered over 100 scientific instruments, systems and sub-systems for manned space stations, satellites and interplanetary missions. Optical systems and subsystems for eight space telescopes and space cameras for astronomical and earth observation have been implemented.[2]

Industrial applications

  • Automotive
  • Process Control Systems

The automotive and process control applications have their origins in Kayser-Threde’s astronautics activities. Thus, they are examples for transfer of technology spin-off.

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