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Telescopes for Astronomical Research

OHB Digital Connect in Mainz has over 60 years of experience in the production of telescopes for the most demanding requirements. Our expertise has its roots in the predecessor companies MAN Technologie and MT Mechatronics and enables us to offer turnkey optical and radio telescopes for a wide range of requirements worldwide.

Development and Construction of New Telescopes

At OHB Digital Connect, we focus on innovation, quality and many years of experience. Our first project was the Parkes radio telescope built in Australia from 1959 to 1961 - the largest movable telescope of its kind in the southern hemisphere with an antenna diameter of 64 meters - and we have continued to build on our expertise ever since. We understand the unique requirements of each project and offer customized solutions that meet the highest standards. We are supported by a global network of suppliers.

As a proven partner of numerous astronomical research institutions, we can offer you complete solutions for your scientific goals according to your individual project requirements and framework conditions in the following areas:

  • Feasibility and concept studies
  • Project management
  • System engineering and design
    • Mechanical and structural design
    • Servo and control systems incl. software development
    • Finite element analyses
    • Dynamic system simulations
    • Optical systems
    • HF systems
    • Prototypes
  • Production of components for servo systems
  • Construction site installation, commissioning and testing

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Upgrades, Modernization and Maintenance of Existing Telescopes

OHB Digital Connect is your reliable partner for securing the future of your system. With the help of our decades of experience and the highest level of system understanding, we find customized solutions for upgrades and repairs of any size and complexity. We are happy to advise you worldwide on the development of sustainable and cost-efficient measures in the following areas:

  • Complete system
    • System analyses: performance, thermal analyses, FE calculations, dynamic simulation
    • Feasibility studies to increase performance
    • Integration of sensors
    • Optimization of energy management
    • RAMS analyses
  • Optics / HF chain
    • Replacement of optical components: reflectors, mirrors
    • Development and integration of corrective measures (wobbler/chopper, hexapod, active/adaptive surfaces)
  • Mechanics
    • Replacement and upgrade of mechanics, gearboxes, bearings, etc.
    • Replacement and upgrade of structural components (trusses, connecting elements)
    • Measurement and calibration
    • Material analyses and advice
  • Electrics
    • Replacement and upgrade of power, drive and control cabinets
    • Replacement and upgrade of drive systems
    • Rewiring
    • Implementation of new subsystems (e.g. de-icing, encoder systems, cooling systems)
  • Servo and control systems
    • Upgrade antenna control hardware and software incl. new functions
    • Integration into the observatory control system
    • Implementation of remote control
  • Condition monitoring systems & predictive maintenance
    • Concept development
    • Implementation
  • Construction site services
    • Maintenance and repair
    • Damage analysis

For technical services of all kinds in Chile, we are supported by our subsidiary OHB Chile.

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