Ter­raSAR-X im­age of DLR Ex­per­i­men­tal So­lar Ther­mal Pow­er Plant in Jülich

TerraSAR-X image of DLR Experimental Solar Thermal Power Plant in Jülich
Ter­raSAR-X im­age of DLR Ex­per­i­men­tal So­lar Ther­mal Pow­er Plant in Jülich
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TerraSAR-X image of DLR Experimental Solar Thermal Power Plant in Jülich

2153 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.

2153 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.

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