Management

The management of OHB Czechspace directs the organization’s activities and guarantees that top results are achieved. At the same time, it ensures that the company's work meets the “made by OHB” quality standard.

“Our success is based on a team of engineers with strong know-how and passion for innovation. We provide ingenious approach to structural problems of any kind. Every project we work on is unique and challenging.”

Ariane Wyen, Managing Director

Dipl.-Ing. Ariane Wyen, Managing Director

Ariane Wyen has a degree in aerospace engineering, which she earned from the University of Stuttgart in Germany in 2012. She also participated in the master’s program in astronautics at the University of Kansas in the United States. Her diploma thesis received awards from DGLR (German Society for Aerospace) and the University of Stuttgart.

Ariane joined OHB System AG in Bremen in 2012, where she was responsible for the development and verification of structural subsystems for the satellite projects Heinrich Hertz and SARah. Ariane ranked among the top three finalists in the Engineer Powerwomen Award Germany in 2018. In the same year, she joined OHB Czechspace as managing director.

Mgr. Pavel Dobes, Managing Director

Pavel Dobeš graduated in European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. From 2007 to 2010, he worked for the diplomatic representation of the capital city of Prague in Brussels (the so-called Prague House) in the position of deputy director. Among other things, he negotiated from this position to obtain a representation of the Galileo Agency (GNSS) in Prague and participated in promoting Prague during the Czech Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2009. During 2011–2012, he was Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic.

Pavel Dobeš joined OHB Czechspace as managing director at the beginning of 2019.


Structural analysis

Our department of structural analysis engineers has experience with a wide spectrum of analyses ranging from basic stiffness verifications of individual structural components to very complex dynamic analyses at spacecraft level.

Daniel Rohel, Structural Analysis Team Leader

We cooperate at European level on the development of new technologies and approaches for dealing quickly and effectively with new structural problems.

As an example, we can point to participation in a study initiated by ESA dealing with demisable mechanisms in satellites. In this case, the technology was based upon a thermal-sensitive adhesive material ensuring that the spacecraft would self-destruct upon re-entering the atmosphere at the end of its lifetime. Among other aspects, our engineers were able to find a way to properly evaluate and predict such an event.


Mechanical design

Our team of mechanical design engineers is diligently engaged on various tasks in the field of CAD modelling. These include comprehensive manufacturing drawings and documentation for all spacecraft structural components from the tiniest bolts to the sandwich-panel structures made of composite materials.

We are also adept in working with advanced technologies like 3D printing and topology optimization. Our designers cooperate closely with the procurement department as well as with the manufacturing facility.

Our mechanical design department is currently finalizing the design and drawing documentation for the Hera space mission, wherein we are responsible for the entire structural subsystem of the exploratory spacecraft. Our responsibility also encompasses design and manufacturing of the mechanical ground support equipment for manipulation, transport, and testing.


Project execution

The executive team oversees the design of projects and their implementation from the feasibility evaluation phase, through detailed technical design, to the actual production and testing. The projects include a number of development activities that are necessary parts in implementing space missions. In the context of mechanical structures, the implementation team deals not only with the development and production of flight pieces, but also with models designed solely for testing and with mechanical support devices for their integration.

Ondřej Krepl, Head of Business Development and Technology Management
Peter Bednár, Head of Quality
Petr Adámek, Head of Procurement
Jakub Ševeček, Head of Project Management

Support

We make sure that our engineers have optimal working conditions, which include appropriate technical equipment, an inspiring work environment, brilliantly organized work-related travel, and space for rest and relaxation.

We are looking for new talents among students and recent graduates, but also experienced engineers throughout Europe. We are successfully building an international team, and we strive to create space for the personal development and professional growth of each of its members.

We cooperate with universities, professional and industry platforms, and, last but not least, we endeavour to raise awareness that in the Czech Republic, and especially in Brno, there are top companies and experts in the field of space technology.

Finance and Administration Team
Lucie Cervera Siglerová, Head of Finance and Administration

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