TanDEM-X Mission Status

Ortega-Miguez C, Schulze D, Zink M, Krieger G, Moreira A (2011)

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2011

Edited Volumes: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Pages Range: 1-10

Conference Proceedings Title: Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments (ARSI)

Event location: Vancouver, BC CA

ISBN: 9781457710056

URI: https://elib.dlr.de/72811/


TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) opens a new era in spaceborne radar remote sensing [1]. A single-pass SAR interferometer with adjustable baselines in across- and in along-track directions is formed by adding a second (TDX), almost identical spacecraft to TerraSAR-X (TSX) and flying the two satellites in a closely controlled formation. With typical across-track baselines of 200-400 m a global Digital Elevation Model (DEM) with 2 m relative height accuracy at a 12 m posting will be generated. Beyond that, TanDEM-X provides a highly reconfigurable platform for the demonstration of new SAR techniques and applications. The TDX satellite was launched on June 21st , 2010 from Baikonur. After finishing the Commissioning Phase early December 2010 data acquisition for the global DEM commenced.

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Ortega-Miguez, C., Schulze, D., Zink, M., Krieger, G., & Moreira, A. (2011). TanDEM-X Mission Status. In Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments (ARSI) (pp. 1-10). Vancouver, BC, CA.


Ortega-Miguez, Carlos, et al. "TanDEM-X Mission Status." Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2011, Vancouver, BC 2011. 1-10.

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