Our Mission, Our Business
OHB Cosmos is responsible for launching the spacecrafts built by the Group's satellite manufacturers based in Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Sweden. Usually the capacity of the launch vehicle is not fully utilized by the main payloads - we offer this further capacity as Rideshare Launch Services at a very attractive price and in excellent quality- such as for our own satellites.
COSMOS International Satellitenstart GmbH was founded in 1995 as a launch service provider for the rapidly growing small satellite manufacturer OHB System based in Bremen. The most important launch vehicle used by COSMOS International at that time was the Russian COSMOS-3M. A total of nine German institutional and governmental satellites, one Korean science mission and one commercial US-customer mission were conducted. The most important program was the German SAR-Lupe reconnaissance system with a total of five satellite launches on the COSMOS-3M, which was modified especially for the requirements of the OHB satellites. From the launch sites in Plesetsk and Kapustin Yar, Russia, a total of 21 spacecraft were launched.
We also launched smaller missions with the Russian launch vehicle, DNEPR, from Baikonur. In 2007, COSMOS International led the first non-Indian customer dedicated launch with the Indian PSLV-C8 launcher. Since then, COSMOS International in cooperation with Antrix, India, has successfully launched six more spacecraft for customers in Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Latvia and the USA.