Kayser-Threde GmbH based in Munich, Germany is a systems house specializing in applications in manned and unmanned space missions, optics, telematics, crash test data acquisition, and process control for the rail sector. On September 1, 2014, Bremen-based OHB System AG and Munich-based Kayser-Threde GmbH merged under the name OHB System AG. In this way, the capabilities and capacities of our two outstanding space companies were centralized[1]


Kayser-Threde has delivered over 100 scientific instruments, systems and sub-systems for manned space stations, satellites and interplanetary missions. Optical systems and subsystems for eight space telescopes and space cameras for astronomical and earth observation have been implemented.[2]

Industrial applications

  • Automotive
  • Process Control Systems

The automotive and process control applications have their origins in Kayser-Threde’s astronautics activities. Thus, they are examples for transfer of technology spin-off.


  1. ^ "Merger of OHB System AG and Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH now completed".
  2. ^ "Company Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-31.