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Krieger, Gerhard and Zink, Manfred and Bachmann, Markus and Bräutigam, Benjamin and Breit, Helko and Fiedler, Hauke and Fritz, Thomas and Hajnsek, Irena and Hueso Gonzalez, Jaime and Kahle, Ralph and König, Rolf and Schättler, Birgit and Schulze, Daniel and Ulrich, Dieter and Wermuth, Martin and Wessel, Birgit and Moreira, Alberto (2012) TanDEM-X. In: Distributed Space Missions for Earth System Monitoring Space Technology Library. Springer. pp. 387-435. ISBN 978-1-4614-4540-1.

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TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) is a highly innovative Earth observation mission that opens a new era in remote sensing. TanDEM-X comprises two formation flying satellites, each equipped with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to map the Earth’s surface with high spatial resolution. Together, the two satellites form a unique single-pass SAR interferometer, offering the opportunity for flexible baseline selection. Primary objective of TanDEM-X is the acquisition of a global digital elevation model (DEM) with unprecedented accuracy and resolution (12 m horizontal and 2 m vertical resolution). Besides the primary mission goal, several secondary objectives based on along-track interferometry and new bistatic SAR techniques have been defined, representing a further important asset of the mission. TanDEM-X was successfully launched in June 2010 and started operational data acquisition in December 2010. This chapter outlines the TanDEM-X mission concept and its implementation, summarizes the main data processing and calibration steps, and provides an overview of the actual performance and mission status. Furthermore, results from several scientific experiments are presented, showing the great potential of future formation flying interferometric SAR missions to serve a wide spectrum of novel applications.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79709/
Document Type:Book Section
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Krieger, Gerhardgerhard.krieger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zink, Manfredmanfred.zink (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bachmann, Markusmarkus.bachmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bräutigam, Benjaminbenjamin.braeutigam (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Breit, HelkoHelko.Breit (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fiedler, Haukehauke.fiedler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fritz, Thomasthomas.fritz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hajnsek, Irenairena.hajnsek (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hueso Gonzalez, Jaimejaime.hueso (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kahle, Ralphralph.kahle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schättler, Birgitbirgit.schaettler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, Danieldaniel.schulze (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ulrich, DieterEADS AstriumUNSPECIFIED
Wermuth, Martinmartin.wermuth (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wessel, BirgitBirgit.Wessel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Moreira, Albertoalberto.moreira (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Distributed Space Missions for Earth System Monitoring
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 387-435
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
D’Errico, MarcoSeconda Universita di NapoliUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Space Technology Library
Keywords:TanDEM-X, SAR, interferometry, digital elevation model (DEM)
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:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Space Operations and Astronaut Training
German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Krieger, Dr.-Ing. Gerhard
Deposited On:13 Dec 2012 17:50
Last Modified:04 Sep 2013 18:10

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