DHans Koenigsmann was denied a really big performance. He is the new member of the supervisory board of the space company OHB, and one can be sure that he has fans who would have traveled to the OHB annual general meeting in Bremen to cheer and applaud him. Because of Corona, however, the general meeting is virtual, and the fans can at best experience on the screen how the 59-year-old aerospace engineer comes on stage with springy steps to introduce himself. Königsmann, this is one of Elon Musk’s closest confidants, he is considered one of the most important people behind the success of Space X, the company that has shaken up space travel in the same way Tesla did with the auto industry. Königsmann was responsible for around 100 rocket launches at Space X and thus for the safety of the missions and investments worth millions. In 2014, Königsmann was honored for his services by the American space agency Nasa.
At 2:53 p.m. this Wednesday, the time has come. “I accept the election,” says Hans Königsmann after all 88 questions from OHB shareholders have been answered and all voting on the past financial year has taken place. Now the brilliance of a Space X top manager also shines on OHB. Whereby OHB does not have to hide. Although the company lost the order for the next generation of Galileo satellites to long-term competitors Airbus and Thales Alenia Space last year, the past year still brought record earnings per share and the future prospects are diverse. “Space travel for the green future” is an important slogan in the OHB strategy. For example, the recently launched Enmap mission is used to examine the ecosystem on the earth’s surface with hyperspectral sensors. But OHB is also hoping for new orders from the EUR 100 billion retrofitting of the Bundeswehr – they already know each other when it comes to reconnaissance systems.