The Integrated TanDEM-X Processor (ITP) facility is part of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) 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 (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; 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 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 Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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Erhard Diedrich

Head of Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
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