TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X

TerraSAR-X launched in 2007, offers advanced imaging for environmental monitoring, agriculture, disaster response, and defence.

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Technical Specifications

ProviderGerman Aerospace Center
ResolutionHigh-resolution SpotLight (Single): 1m
High-resolution SpotLight (Dual): 2m
SpotLight (Single): 2m
SpotLight (Dual): 4m
StripMap (Single): 3m
StripMap (Dual): 6m
ScanSAR: 18.5m
Accuracy2m at nadir
BandsX-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Stereo availableYes
CoverageUp to 450,000 km² per day
Altitude514 km


TerraSAR-X is a German synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation satellite, launched in 2007. With its advanced imaging capabilities and flexible data acquisition options, TerraSAR-X is a valuable tool for a wide range of applications, including environmental monitoring, agriculture, disaster response, and defense. Its advanced technical specifications, including very high-resolution imaging and interferometric capabilities, make it a valuable tool for industries and organisations that require accurate and up-to-date information.

High-resolution SAR imaging
High-resolution SAR imaging

Advanced SAR imaging captures high-resolution imagery (1-4m) for detailed information applications.

Interferometric capabilities
Interferometric capabilities

Interferometric capabilities enable accurate elevation models and ground deformation detection monitoring.

Wide coverage area and flexible imaging modes
Wide coverage area and flexible imaging modes

Captures 450,000 km² daily, offers flexible imaging modes for global coverage and diverse data acquisition options.

Features and Benefits

  • TerraSAR-X's advanced SAR imaging capabilities enable it to capture high-resolution imagery with a ground resolution of 1-4m, making it ideal for applications that require very detailed information, such as urban planning, infrastructure management, and maritime monitoring.T
  • erraSAR-X's interferometric capabilities allow for the creation of highly accurate elevation models and the detection of ground deformation, making it a valuable tool for geohazard monitoring and environmental monitoring.
  • TerraSAR-X can capture up to 450,000 km² of imagery per day, providing global coverage for a range of applications.
  • TerraSAR-X can capture SAR imagery in different modes, including spotlight, stripmap, and ScanSAR, providing flexibility in data acquisition and enabling a wide range of applications.
  • TerraSAR-X's dual-receiver system provides improved image quality and flexible data acquisition options, making it a valuable tool for a range of industries and organisations.

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