German Satellite Manufacturer OHB Enters Joint Venture With Israeli Defense Contractor IAI

As part of the deal, OHB and IAI will develop a lunar lander for the European Space Agency

Adi Pick 17:4229.01.19
German satellite manufacturer OHB System AG and Israeli government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) announced a joint venture Tuesday. The two companies will team up to offer a commercial lunar surface access service to the European Space Agency (ESA).

OHB and IAI representatives. Photo: Alex Polo OHB and IAI representatives. Photo: Alex Polo


Under the agreement, OHB will serve as the project’s primary contractor, and IAI will provide a version of its lunar lander which was co-developed and built for SpaceIL, the Israeli non-profit organization aiming to land the first Israeli-made unmanned spacecraft on the moon.


Founded in 1953, IAI is Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company, developing and manufacturing defense systems including aerial defense, anti-missile, unmanned aerial systems, drone disruption, and marine systems.
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