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TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement


Designation 36605 / 10030A
Launch date 21 Jun 2010
Country of origin Germany
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 515 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 97.4°
Period 94.8 min (11 days repeat)
Launch vehicle Dnepr #16

Launch initially planned in 2009.

Will fly with TerraSAR during 2/3 years at 200 m distance. Technically similar.

Result of a partnership between DLR and Astrium. Financed by a public-private partnership, with DLR contributing 56 million EUR and Astrium investing 26 million EUR; 3 million EUR is expected to be generated through resale of excess payload capacity on the satellites. Worth 85 million EUR.
In 2010, the cost of the entire mission is estimated at EUR 165 million.

Infoterra, an Astrium subsidiary, will market the data.

To create a global digital elevation model with unprecedented accuracy. 1 m resolution in spotlight mode.

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Technical data


Prime contractor Astrium
Mass at launch 1300 kg
Dry mass  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 5.5 years

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