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.
It is a new generation, high-resolution satellite operating in the X-band at 9.65 GHz. The launch of the 1-ton satellite into a 514 km sun-synchronous Dawn Dusk Orbit with an 11 day repeat period was achieved on top of a Russian DNEPR-1 rocket in June 2007. TerraSAR-X is to be operated for a period of at least 5 years, providing SAR-data on a long-term, operational basis.TT
The TerraSAR-X mission will serve two main objectives: