Struc­ture of the project

Distribution of responsibilities within the Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
Dis­tri­bu­tion of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with­in the Pub­lic-Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP)
Credit: DLR

Distribution of responsibilities within the Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

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.

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 DLR Project-Directorate in Bonn-Oberkassel is the overall coordinator of the project.
  • The DLR German Space Operation Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen has developed and operates the 'Mission Operations Segment (MOS)', controlling the satellite through its ground station facility in Weilheim.
  • The DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute (DLR-Institut für Hochfrequenz- und Radartechnik) in Oberpfaffenhofen provides the System Engineering and Calibration Segment (SEC) for the operation and the calibration of the radar instrument.
  • The German Remote Sensing Date Center (Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum; DFD) and the DLR Remote Sensing Technology Institute (DLR-Institut für Methodik der Fernerkundung) jointly developed the TerraSAR-X Payload Ground Segment (PGS). The PGS integrates the DFD receiving station in Neustrelitz with the archiving, processing and distribution facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen.
  • Elke Heinemann
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Space Agen­cy at DLR
    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions & Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 228 447-379
    Königswinterer Straße 522-524
    53227 Bonn
  • Dr.-Ing. Stefan Buckreuß
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Oberpfaffenhofen-Weßling

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