The data will be provided by the geo-information service provider, Infoterra GmbH, an EADS Astrium subsidiary that holds the commercial exploitation rights for the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X.
This Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a value of up to $85 million, and involves the supply of imagery from TerraSAR-X, an EADS Astrium-built synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite, along with related products and direct downlink services. The data will enable the NGA to provide other U.S. government and DoD agencies improved information acquisition capabilities – particularly in bad weather and low light conditions.
The agreement follows an initial 18-month contract in which NGA evaluated data delivered by the commercial TerraSAR-X radar satellite, which has been in orbit since 2007 and fully operational since early 2008.
Andreas Kern, director of business development and sales at Infoterra adds, "results have exceeded expectations and demonstrated superb geo-location accuracy as also illustrated in a paper titled "Geometric Precision in SPACE RADAR IMAGING: Results from TerraSAR-X" which was presented at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) conference in March 2009.