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EDRS, the European Data Relay System, is developed and implemented under a Public Private Partnership between ESA and Airbus Defence and Space. The system is based on two geostationary 'distributor' satellites that, because of their fixed position in space, will be able to receive high-speed communications from low-flying Earth observation satellites via laser and relay them to Earth without any delay.
Alphasat - TDP1
Revolution in satellite-to-earth communication: Data transfer via laser tested. Todays earth observation satellite missions always face one big problem: It takes quite some time, until the recorded data can be sent from space to ground. It is not unusual to be forced to wait for several hours after a data take, until the satellite eventually passes by a ground station, where the data can be downloaded. Even then, it might happen that the complete data set is too large to be downloaded at once – thus one has to wait again for the next contact to happen.
TET - Technology Demonstration
TET is a technology demonstration mission , built by Kayser-Threde of Munich and AstroFeinwerktechnik of Berlin and launched July 22th 2012 in Baikonour.
TanDEM-X - TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement
The TanDEM-X project is being implemented by a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Astrium GmbH. The primary goal of the TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) mission is to generate a global digital elevation model.
SATCOMBw stands for the satellite-based communication system of the German Armed Forces. As part of SATCOMBW 2 are two dedicated satellites which have different positions in geostationary orbit.
TerraSAR-X is an operational, advanced SAR-satellite system for scientific and commercial applications that will be realized in a public-private partnership between DLR and Astrium GmbH.
GSOC operates the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC) for the European Columbus laboratory.
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
The German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen supports with its ground infrastructure the planned ESA ATV-missions.
GRACE - Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment
The GRACE mission is a joint German-American project. The primary objective of the GRACE mission is to obtain accurate global models for the mean and time variable components of the earth´s gravity field.
DLR Columbus Control Center Blog
DLR PHILAE Blog
DLR TanDEM-X Blog
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