OHB founder Manfred Fuchs dies
On Saturday, Prof. Dott.-Ing. h.c. Manfred Fuchs suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at his holiday house in Altenburg/ Kaltern, South Tirol, at the age of 75 years.
The OHB AG companies mourn the loss of their founder, who played a preeminent role in the European space industry over the last few decades.
Manfred Fuchs was born in Latsch, Italy, in 1938. At the age of 17, he made a name for himself as the youngest pilot in Italy. He came to Germany at the age of 18. After studying aviation engineering in Munich and Hamburg, he embarked in 1961 on his career with space technology company ERNO, playing a key role in projects such as ARIANE-1, SPACELAB and COLUMBUS.
In 1981, his wife Christa took over a small company called Otto Hydraulik Bremen (OHB). Manfred Fuchs entered the company in 1985, fulfilling his dream of running his own business and laying the foundations for one of the most important European space technology companies, OHB AG.
Most recently, Manfred Fuchs was member of the management board at OHB AG, and chairman of the Supervisory Board of OHB System AG. He held numerous honorary positions.