Growing steadily, our need for information characterises our modern communication-based society. Internet, mail, and text messages ensure that we can be reached everywhere and at any time via mobile phone, tablet PC, or notebook. To quench this unlimited thirst for information, new developments are needed for communication satellites. In the Heinrich Hertz satellite mission, new satellite payload, ground station, antenna, and satellite platform technologies will be tested for up to 15 years under the extreme conditions prevailing in a geostationary orbit, such as high radiation levels and extreme temperature fluctuations.
A satellite communication mission of its own secures Germany's position in the field of geostationary satellite systems and services in the contest for the best ideas and technologies with international competitors.
Funded by DLR Space Administration on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology with the participation of the Federal Ministry of Defence.