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Mission Photos:

Courtesy of Infoterra GmbH

Mission Objectives:

TerraSAR-X is an X-band SAR mission for scientific reasearch and applications. It is the first satellite to be built in a public/private partnership in Germany. It carries the experimental Tracking, Occultation and Ranging (TOR) package provided by GFZ and CSR. TOR consists of a two-frequency CHAMP type GPS receiver and a CHAMP Laser Retro-Reflector (LRR).

The mission's objectives are:

  • the provision of X-band SAR-data for scientific research and applications as well as
  • the establishment of a commercial EO-market and to develop a sustainable EO-service business, based on TerraSAR-X derived information products.
Mission Instrumentation:

TerraSAR-X has the following instrumentation onboard:

  • Active phased array X-band SAR
  • Tracking, Occultation, and Ranging (TOR) package
    • GPS receiver
    • Retroreflector array
  • Laser Communication Terminal (LCT)
Mission Parameters:
Sponsor: Infoterra, DLR, GFZ (Germany)
CSR (U.S.)
Expected Life: 5 years
Primary Applications: research and applications
Primary SLR Application: precision orbit determination
COSPAR ID: 0702601
SIC Code: 6201
Satellite Catalog (NORAD) Number: 31698
Launch Date: June 15, 2007
NP Bin Size 5 seconds
RRA Diameter: 5 cm
RRA Shape: rectangular
Reflectors: 4 corner cubes
Orbit: sun-synchronous
Inclination: 97.44 degrees
Eccentricity: 0
Perigee: 514 km
Period: 11 days
Weight: 1,230 kg

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