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TanDEM-X Long-Term System Performance After 10 Years of Operation

Bojarski, Allan and Bachmann, Markus and Böer, Johannes and Kraus, Thomas and Wecklich, Christopher and Steinbrecher, Ulrich and Tous Ramon, Núria and Schmidt, Kersten and Klenk, Patrick and Grigorov, Christo and Schwerdt, Marco and Zink, Manfred (2021) TanDEM-X Long-Term System Performance After 10 Years of Operation. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, pp. 2522-2534. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2021.3055546. ISSN 1939-1404.

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Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9340244


The TanDEM-X mission, formed by the TanDEM-X satellite (TDX) in cooperation with its almost identical twin TerraSAR-X (TSX), has mainly been designed to acquire bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images of the Earth. Initiated in 2010, the primary mission objectives were to generate a global Digital Elevation Model (DEM), to perform scientific measurements and to explore novel SAR techniques. Up to the present day all these objectives have been completed with outstanding results. In addition, the satellites maintained a stable image quality from the start throughout their entire lifetime. The ground segment, which was tailored to the capabilities of the space segment, as well as an excellent design and manufacturing of the satellites were the key elements to achieve such a performance. In addition, the elaborate calibration concept and a careful treatment of the on-board resources enabled full operability up to the present day and allowed additional mission objectives such as the generation of a Change-DEM layer as an update to the global DEM. The stable bus and SAR payload performance as revealed by long-term system monitoring provide the basis for further extension of the TanDEM-X mission for several more years. In the following paper these long-term system monitoring results are presented to provide an overview of the evolution of the radar system. The results and experience gained with more than a decade of TanDEM-X mission operation are a great value for both the scientific and commercial community and serve as a forerunner for the development of future SAR missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/140704/
Document Type:Article
Title:TanDEM-X Long-Term System Performance After 10 Years of Operation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Bojarski, AllanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6729-6665UNSPECIFIED
Bachmann, MarkusUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6028-4303UNSPECIFIED
Böer, JohannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0992-7032UNSPECIFIED
Kraus, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9486-7371UNSPECIFIED
Wecklich, ChristopherUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5994-3298UNSPECIFIED
Steinbrecher, UlrichUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3704-3886UNSPECIFIED
Tous Ramon, NúriaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0450-0438UNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, KerstenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7896-908XUNSPECIFIED
Klenk, PatrickUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8284-2265UNSPECIFIED
Grigorov, ChristoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1501-1469UNSPECIFIED
Schwerdt, MarcoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0045-3726UNSPECIFIED
Zink, ManfredUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4308-5636UNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2021
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 2522-2534
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Synthetic Aperture Radar, TanDEM-X, Digital Elevation Model, Long-term system monitoring, SAR calibration
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt TanDEM-X (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Deposited By: Bojarski, Allan
Deposited On:28 Jan 2021 13:03
Last Modified:28 Mar 2023 23:58

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