There are many other suppliers in the mini-satellite market, why should I use German Orbital Systems?
Unlike most of our competitors, we at German Orbital Systems take the concept of turn-key solution further. As well as the actual satellite, we also supply ground stations, separation systems and, above all, launch services. This means that you can turn to us at any time, whether in the idea identification phase or with satellites that have already been built and tested. We accompany and support you on your way to a successful mission. Because of the completeness of our services, all the subareas of the mission fit into one another smoothly. This permits a more precise time planning and expense budgeting, and better risk assessment. Our range of services is wider than those of our competitors.
We are in an early project phase and have not yet decided on an approach. How can we still benefit from German Orbital Systems?
Through our many years of work at the renowned Berlin University of Technology we have acquired a wide range of experience in the scientific preparation of satellite missions. We will gladly assist you in the production of a feasibility or phase A study of your project. After it has been completed you are under no obligation of any kind to us as a manufacturer. Our studies are neutral and result-oriented. They can significantly ease your entrance to the complicated world of space technology. We would be happy to discuss your problem in a telephone conference without any obligation.
German Orbital Systems does not seem to have been in the market very long. Do you have any references?
The company has existed officially since 2014. It was, though, founded by experienced staff from Berlin University of Technology who had been involved in several successful and innovative satellite missions. These included the BEESAT CubeSats and the TUBSAT nanosatellites. In addition, our affiliate, ECM Space Technologies can also demonstrate numerous successful results in the area of the launch services. Until now German Orbital Systems has supplied many CubeSats. Individual subsystems such as the communications modules are presently operating successfully in space.
Who are German Orbital Systems customers and what is the company’s long-term strategy?
By now several universities in Kazakhstan, Byelorussia and Russia have acquired German Orbital Systems hardware. Some Russian companies are using our communications modules and our ground stations. We are involved in active negotiations with potential customers in America, and trying to get a foothold in the Indian market. We also participate in various German and European calls for tender to support our innovative technology developments. We will gladly send you references on request.
We have a payload ready. How can German Orbital Systems help us?
Up to a payload of 20 kg we can offer a platform solution which can be adapted according to your requirements. Both tumbling and triaxially stabilised systems can be implemented. All components use flight tested elements, and can be designed redundantly if required. Small payloads with a volume of up to two litres can be accommodated in our very economical CubeSats.
What does a CubeSat cost, and why do you not show any price information on your website?
It is difficult to give an all-in price. The prices of the simplest German Orbital Systems CubeSats begin at about 50,000 euros. The launching costs, which are an additional cast, must also be taken into account. They depend on the satellite's mass and form factor. Turnkey missions can show significant savings compared with one-off prices. We would be happy to send you a calculation example.
What are the delivery times for the standardised components?
All German Orbital Systems’ standardised components are produced after receiving the order. We have a stock of bare printed circuit boards for all systems. Because the components used can vary according to customer requirement, assembly only begins after we have received a binding order. All systems can be delivered within eight weeks.