About the author

Ralph Kahle

After obtaining an aerospace engineering degree from the Technical University of Dresden, Ralph Kahle conducted research as a doctoral student at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin on the areas of exposure to near-Earth asteroids and comets, as well as the avoidance of collisions.

Since 2004, he has been a researcher at the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. He works on flight dynamics systems for satellite missions for communications and Earth observation as well as robotic missions such as the on-orbit servicing mission DEOS.

Ralph Kahle is the flight dynamics engineer for the TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X Mission. His responsibilities include precise orbit and attitude determination for the satellites, measuring their position relative to one another with millimetric accuracy, the generation of auxiliary products for radar processing, and control of the satellite formation.

Posts from Ralph Kahle

TanDEM-X Blog | 09. August 2013

Tagebuch zum Satelliten-Swap - Drehung der Formation von TanDEM-X

Zwischen dem 6. und 9. August 2013 stand nach einer langen Vorbereitung für das Team der TanDEM-X-Mission die spannende "Drehung der Formation" der beiden Satelliten TanDEM-X und TerraSAR-X auf dem Programm (engl. formation swap). read more

TanDEM-X Blog | 09. August 2013

A diary of the TanDEM-X formation swapping

Between 6 and 9 August 2013, and after great preparation, the team of the TanDEM-X mission was excited and ready for the swap formation of the twin satellites TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X. read more

TanDEM-X Blog | 30. July 2013

Formation swapping - Comic about the TanDEM-X mission

An exciting manoeuvre awaits us. In early August (6–8 August 2013), the two TanDEM-X mission satellites will be reversing their formation. Until now, the TanDEM-X satellite has been circling around its twin, TerraSAR-X, in an anti-clockwise direction; after the reversal, it will circle clockwise. This complicated change to the formation in which they have been flying for almost three years is necessary to observe regions that are difficult to image, such as mountain ranges, from the opposite viewing angle. This blog entry takes an unconventional look at the planned change in formation ... read more

TanDEM-X Blog | 30. July 2013

Die Drehung der Formation - Comic zur TanDEM-X-Mission

Uns steht eine spannende Aktion bevor. Anfang August (6. bis 9. August 2013) werden die beiden Satelliten der TanDEM-X Mission ihre Formation umkehren. Der Satellit TanDEM-X umläuft seinen Zwilling TerraSAR-X bisher noch entgegen dem Uhrzeigersinn. Nach der Umkehr wird er ihn im Uhrzeigersinn umrunden. Diese aufwändige Änderung der nun schon seit fast drei Jahren geflogenen Formation wird notwendig, um schwierige Aufnahmegebiete wie Gebirge aus entgegengesetzter Blickrichtung zu beobachten. Dieser Blog-Beitrag geht in ungewohnter Weise auf die geplante Formationsänderung ein ... read more