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Largest space technology contract in company history
Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 3.
Jenoptik subsidiary Jena-Optronik has arranged a long-term supply contract with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for GNC sensors valued in the double figure million range.
Jenoptik will provide the Japanese Technology Group Mitsubishi Electric Corporation with Rendezvous and Docking Sensors for attitude control of space vehicles valued in the double figure million range. The Jenoptik subsidiary Jena-Optronik GmbH, specialist for space sensor technology, received an Authorisation to Proceed from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for delivery of at large 12 Rendezvous and Docking Sensors. The delivery will run until 2012.
The Rendezvous and Docking Sensors of Jena-Optronik allow the fully automated approach and docking of supply vehicles with the International Space Station ISS. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is the contractor for the avionics module for the supply vehicles of the Japanese Space Agency JAXA headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Along with the European Space Agency ESA, Japan also relies on technology-know- how from Jena.