Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute

Tandem-L is a proposal for a highly innovative satellite mission for the global observation of dynamic processes on the Earth’s surface
Tan­dem-L mis­sion
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Tandem-L mission

Tan­dem-L is a pro­pos­al for a high­ly in­no­va­tive satel­lite mis­sion for the glob­al ob­ser­va­tion of dy­nam­ic pro­cess­es on the Earth’s sur­face with hith­er­to un­known qual­i­ty and res­o­lu­tion. Thanks to the nov­el imag­ing tech­niques and the vast record­ing ca­pac­i­ty, Tan­dem-L will pro­vide ur­gent­ly need­ed in­for­ma­tion for solv­ing press­ing sci­en­tif­ic ques­tions in the ar­eas of the bio­sphere, geo­sphere, cryosphere and hy­dro­sphere. Tan­dem-L will make a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to­wards a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Earth sys­tem and its dy­nam­ics.
Microwave anechoic chamber
Mi­crowave ane­choic cham­ber
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Microwave anechoic chamber

Mi­crowave ane­choic cham­ber (24 m x 11.7 m x 9.7 m) with a du­al cylin­dri­cal parabol­ic re­flec­tor con­fig­u­ra­tion for high­ly ac­cu­rate an­ten­na char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and radar cross-sec­tion mea­sure­ments. The fre­quen­cy range is from 300 MHz up to 100 GHz.
DLR Dornier 228-112
DLR Dornier 228-112
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DLR Dornier 228-112

The twin-en­gine tur­bo­prop Dornier Do 228-212 (reg­is­tra­tion D-CF­FU) is pri­mar­i­ly used for re­mote-sens­ing mis­sions by the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter's (Deutsches Zen­trum für Luft- und Raum­fahrt; DLR) Oberp­faf­fen­hofen flight fa­cil­i­ty. It has a large box-shaped cab­in and large cab­in floor open­ings. This makes it es­pe­cial­ly well suit­ed for set­ting up spe­cial cam­era sys­tems such as the High Res­o­lu­tion Stereo Cam­era (HRSC), which is al­so used for space ob­ser­va­tion.
TanDEM-X mission
Tan­DEM-X mis­sion
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TanDEM-X mission

The ob­jec­tive of the Tan­DEM-X mis­sion (Ter­raSAR-X add-on for Dig­i­tal El­e­va­tion Mea­sure­ment) is to pro­duce a high­ly ac­cu­rate, three-di­men­sion­al im­age of our Earth with uni­form qual­i­ty and un­prece­dent­ed ac­cu­ra­cy.
The main building of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at the DLR site at Oberpfaffenhofen
Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute at the DLR site at Oberp­faf­fen­hofen
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Microwaves and Radar Institute at the DLR site at Oberpfaffenhofen

With its know-how and ex­per­tise in pas­sive and ac­tive mi­crowave re­mote sens­ing, the Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute con­tributes to the de­vel­op­ment and ad­vance­ment of ground-based, air­borne and space­borne sen­sors. The fo­cus of its re­search work is on the con­cep­tion and de­vel­op­ment of new syn­thet­ic aper­ture radar (SAR) tech­niques and sys­tems, as well as sen­sor-spe­cif­ic ap­pli­ca­tions.

With its know-how and expertise in passive and active microwave remote sensing, the Microwaves and Radar Institute contributes to the development and advancement of ground-based, airborne and spaceborne sensors. The focus of its research work is on the conception and development of new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques and systems, as well as sensor-specific applications.

The expertise of the institute comprises the entire end-to-end know-how in microwave remote sensing. This enables the Institute to play a key role in the design and specification of new radar sensors, including the development of associated new technologies, algorithms and applications for radar.

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alberto Moreira
    DLR Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2306
    Fax: +49 228 447-747
    Münchner Straße 20
    82234 Oberpfaffenhofen-Weßling
  • Dr.-Ing. Manfred Zink
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    DLR Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2356
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1449
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
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    Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions – 23 per­cent of open ac­cess (2014 to 2018)

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    number of publications of open access between 2014 and 2018 (23 percent)
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    number of publications of non-open access between 2014 and 2018
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    Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute: num­ber of jour­nal con­tri­bu­tions from 2014 to 2018 (47 per­cent of open ac­cess)

  • 106,93
    number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
  • 106,93
    number of open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
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    Mi­crowaves and Radar In­sti­tute: num­ber of PhD stu­dents (2018)

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