Ambitious taikonauts, the race to Mars, commercial operators and space tourists: it's becoming difficult to keep track of everything that's happening in space. But one thing remains constant: for over 60 years, Kistler has been providing high-performance measurement technology, advisory support and worldwide service for spaceflight programs across the globe – an overview of our current activities.
During the 20th century, the rivalry between the two superpowers – the USA and the USSR – was also played out in space. But the situation in the 21st century is different altogether: many new players have emerged to keep driving space exploration ahead and stake their claim to the unique mix of prestige and technological challenges that spaceflight offers. For over 60 years, Kistler has partnered with numerous countries and enterprises throughout the world, proudly supporting them with reliable high-precision measurement technology for use in diverse application areas.
The success of projects such as the International Space Station (ISS) – manned continuously for almost 20 years – show that science and technology can even build bridges across political divides. The ISS, which is operated by four nations and the ESA (European Space Agency), has already played host to astronauts from 16 nations. Somewhat overshadowed by this project, several other nations have also accomplished the leap into space: the list is headed by China, which has achieved some remarkable successes in a relatively short period. And due in part to the USA's ban on Chinese participation in the ISS, China is already operating its own space station. India, South Korea, Iran, New Zealand and some of the states on the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates) number among the new players.