|Satellite||Heinrich Hertz (H2Sat)|
|Operator||DLR - German Aerospace Center|
|Position||17.6 degrees East longitude|
|Launch Date||2021 (planned)|
|Launch Site||Guiana Space Centre - Kourou|
In a contract awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the German Aerospace Center is examining the feasibility of a national satellite communications mission based on the preliminary studies (Phase 0) conducted by an industrial team lead-managed by OHB-System. This will form the basis for a national project (Heinrich Hertz communications satellite (H2Sat)).
Named for the German physicist Heinrich Hertz, it is Germany’s first national satellite communications mission since the DFS Kopernikus program involving a satellite engineered and built in Germany. Heinrich Hertz thus marks a further step in Germany’s return to full system capabilities in telecommunications satellites in accordance with the German space strategy adopted in 2010. The Heinrich Hertz mission pursues two goals:
Civil:In-orbit verification of new technologies. For this purpose, roughly one dozen new technologies for satellite communications will be tested on board the satellite and a number of scientific/technical experiments performed.
Military: Communications for the German federal armed forces. A dedicated payload will secure the continued operational capability of the German federal armed forces.
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