TerraSAR-X is a space project that is being implemented as a 'Public-Private Partnership' (PPP), with significant financial contribution from industry – the first of its kind in Germany. The objective is cooperation between equal partners, in which each provides a balanced contribution in order to satisfy its own requirements.
In the PPP, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is responsible for the operation of the 'Payload Ground Segment'; covering the infrastructure for satellite control, mission planning, and reception, processing, archiving and distribution of data. DLR is also in charge of the calibration of the instrument, five years of operations and the coordination of scientific utilisation of TerraSAR-X-data. For detailed information please consult the TSX-brochure in the download section.
DLR's tasks and responsibilities
The satellite was developed and built by EADS-Astrium on behalf of DLR. EADS-Astrium holds the exclusive rights for commercial exploitation. Data distribution and provision of value-added products is the responsibility of Infoterra GmbH. Upon the achievement of business development as predicted today, EADS-Astrium will also finance a follow-up system at the end of the operational life of the first satellite and so secure the sustainability of the business. DLR, as the representative of the German state, remains the owner of the TerraSAR-X data and coordinates its scientific utilisation.
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