Schematic layout of the TanDEM-X ITP system
Schemat­ic lay­out of the Tan­DEM-X ITP sys­tem
Image 1/2, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Schematic layout of the TanDEM-X ITP system

Da­ta ac­quired by the pair of syn­thet­ic aper­ture radar satel­lites Ter­raSAR-X and Tan­DEM-X are pro­cessed in the fa­cil­i­ty.
Artist's impression of the TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X satellites in orbit
Artist's im­pres­sion of the Tan­DEM-X and Ter­raSAR-X satel­lites in or­bit
Image 2/2, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Artist's impression of the TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X satellites in orbit

Gen­er­a­tion of a high-res­o­lu­tion, three-di­men­sion­al dig­i­tal el­e­va­tion mod­el of all of Earth’s land sur­face.

The Integrated TanDEM-X Processor (ITP) facility is part of the German Remote Sensing Data Center at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. The facility serves to process data acquired by a pair of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, into digital elevation data.

Reception of TanDEM-X mission data

The large-scale ITP research facility at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been operational since 2010 and continues to apply the latest techniques for broadband memory access and system-intrinsic redundancy. It is used to process the data from the TanDEM-X mission and is the platform for the Integrated TanDEM-X Processor.

The goal of the TanDEM-X mission is to generate a high-resolution, three-dimensional digital elevation model of all of Earth's land surface with a consistent level of quality. The TanDEM-X mission comprises two almost identical satellites, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X.

  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • Erhard Diedrich
    Head of De­part­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter (DFD)
    In­ter­na­tion­al Ground Seg­ment
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2658
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1443
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling

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