(FM1, FM2, FM3)

OHB Italia S.p.A. developed several Launch Locking Device (LLD) for MetOp-SG, MWI Inst., ICI Inst. and also the Separation Subsystem for LARES I (spherical passive satellite launched in 2012 on the VEGA maiden flight) and LARES II (launched in 2022 on the VEGA-C maiden flight). 

Both systems were developed for the the Italian Space Agency. 

Under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency

Activity carried out under ASI contract.


12 LLD for the three MWI models
(FM1, FM2, FM3)


The Giant Magellan Telescope is one of the most advanced ground-based telescopes ever engineered, with a resolving power ten times greater than the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be located in the Chilean Atacama Desert.

Once operational, the GMT will explore new frontiers in nearly all areas of astronomy, from understanding the fundamental nature of the universe to the search for life on distant exoplanets.

The telescope uses seven primary mirrors, each 8.4 meters in diameter, to form an effective aperture of 25 meters that will be able to gather faint light from the farthest reaches of the known universe.

OHB Italia S.p.A. is developing complex mechanical covers to protect the giant mirrors from damage, minimize their exposure from dust and particles, ensure a stable thermal environment and provide access to the telescope’s subsystems that cannot be safely accessed with the mirrors expose.

Credit for the assets: “Giant Magellan Telescope – GMTO Corporation.”


The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) is a German hyperspectral satellite mission whose objective is to provide detailed monitoring of characterization and parameter extraction of rock/soil targets, vegetation, inland and coastal waters on a global scale.

The satellite, successfully launched on April 2021, was developed by OHB System AG on behalf of DLR – German Space Agency with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.

In the frame of the EnMAP mission, OHB Italia S.p.A. designed, developed and tested the Satellite Management System (SMS), made of two identical Satellite Management Units  (SMU), which compose the “BRAIN” of the satellite. These units are indeed responsible for the satellite commanding/monitoring over the whole operational lifetime and designed to interface/control all the electronic subsystems.

EnMAP SMU design was already successfully adopted by OHB Italia on the PRISMA satellite, launched in 2019.