With the TerraSAR-X radar satellite, the land masses of the Earth are particularly closely inspected. This includes the mapping of our forests, the generation and current updating of land utilization maps, the recording of derelict land areas and the estimation of the maturitylevel of areas in agricultural use, as well as the study and monitoring of geologically active areas such as volcanic and earthquake regions.
TerraSAR-X image of DLR Experimental Solar Thermal Power Plant in Jülich2153 mirrors twist and turn at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Experimental Solar Thermal Power Plant in Jülich, directing sunlight onto a 22-square-metre receiver. TerraSAR-X, the German radar satellite operated by DLR, can also detect the mirrors as they follow the Sun – from more than 500 kilometres above Earth. The reflections of the radar signals make the tower and mirror array appear as bright spots of light.
TerraSAR-X image of Christmas IslandChristmas Island is a 135-square-kilometre island in the Indian Ocean. In the image acquired with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) TerraSAR-X radar satellite, one thing is clear – even today, tropical rainforest proliferates on the island and the coastal cliffs continue to make life difficult for mariners.