The research and development work conducted by DLR in the field of Earth observation covers virtually the entire range of satellite-based Earth observation topics, from innovation in sensor systems and evaluation of data to the preparation and development of new missions, their ground operations and data processing for applications. Using the wide range of expertise at its disposal, DLR works closely with industry, academia, and public sector users to make the entire range of applications of satellite-based remote sensing available for the benefit of society.
The FireBIRD mission, which in future will use two satellites working in tandem, circling Earth to acquire remote sensing data for the detection of fires. Their task is to identify and measure high temperature incidents and to deliver remote sensing data for scientific research conducted by DLR and other partners.
TerraSAR-X records new high-quality X-band radar images of the entire planet - independently of weather conditions, cloud cover or daylight.
Even before TanDEM-X joins TerraSAR-X, there will be plenty of tense and exciting moments. This mission blog is coming to you from the launch site in Baikonur, and the Mission Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
The instruments on Germany's hyperspectral Earth observation satellite, EnMAP, will observe the sunlight reflected back from Earth across a range of wavelengths from the visible to the near-infrared. This will make it possible to accurately study the condition of Earth's surface, and the changes affecting it.
Two eyes are better than one; this principle is also true for the two radar satellites that make up the Sentinel-1 mission. On 25 April 2016 at 23:02 CEST, the Sentinel-1B Earth observation satellite lifted off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana on board a Soyuz launch vehicle.
The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the tsunami in Japan in 2011 that was triggered by an undersea earthquake, and the severe floods that, time and again, affect countries such as India and Bangladesh give rise to the question of how Earth observation satellites could help detect and study natural disasters in a more effective way.