Manfred Fuchs


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Manfred Fuchs
Born(1938-07-25)July 25, 1938
Latsch, Italy
DiedApril 26, 2014(2014-04-26) (aged 75)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFounder of the German space company OHB

Manfred Fuchs (July 25, 1938 in Latsch, Italy – April 26, 2014 in Kaltern an der Weinstraße) was an Italian entrepreneur and space pioneer who was the founder of the German space company OHB.


Fuchs' family owned distilleries in South Tyrol, the brewery forest near Merano, which is still family-owned, also sawmills and wine trade; moreover, his father owned a trucking company and a restaurant. He attended trade school in Bolzano, studied in Munich at the Technical College and from 1957 in Hamburg at the Engineering School. He was a graduate engineer for aerospace engineering and development engineer at Hamburger Flugzeugbau, where he started after graduating in 1959. From 1961 Fuchs worked in Bremen at the aerospace company ERNO, an EADS predecessor. There he was in 1965 a group leader, head of department (Astro Dynamics / Preliminary Development) and department head (Director Department 1982). In 1981, he received full power of attorney. He was involved in the Ariane-1, Columbus and Spacelab projects.

In 1981 he participated with his wife Christa, who initially held the shares, at the Otto Hydraulic Bremen (OHB) in Hemelinger port. OHB was at that time a small company for hydraulic and electrical works with five employees and worked mainly for the Bundeswehr. In 1985 he took over after leaving the ERNO the company OHB completely. Fuchs built the OHB from a company for satellite technology and aviation technology. Initially, the company also produced parts for the Airbus A380. In 2009, the company had about 1,600 employees and is based in Technology Park at the University of Bremen. The company supplied reconnaissance satellites for the German Bundeswehr, including the SAR-Lupe system and satellite data for the Frontex. The turnover amounted to 320 million Euros and then OHB 2009 was the third largest European aerospace group EADS and after the Thales Group. OHB stands since 2000 for high-technology Bremen orbitals. Manfred Fuchs served there as chairman.[1] The company was located in 2009 to 70% in family possession of the Fuchs family, but was listed.

In 2010 the company was awarded the contract for the construction of satellites for the Galileo project, a European GPS system and the contract for the European Meteosat project. The subsidiary MT Aerospace in Augsburg the Fuchs Group is the largest German supplier for the Ariane rocket.

Awards and Tributes


  1. ^ OHB Official website

External links

  • Official OHB Website