Bundeswehr Acquires TanDEM-X Global Elevation Model

Airbus Defence and Space and the German Ministry of Defence have signed a contract for the utilisation of TanDEM-X mission data, to update the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the Bundeswehr.

The agreement includes both licences for the utilisation of the global elevation data set covering the 150 Mio km² of the Earth’s landmass, and support services for data-management and data-editing, helping to access, edit, store and disseminate the impressive volume of data. Additional support and training will also be provided under the agreement, so users can reap the full benefits of this unique and homogenous global dataset.

WorldDEM Lake Constance, Germany

WorldDEM Image Lake Constance, Germany - DLR e.V. 2015 and © Airbus DS Geo GmbH 2015

The TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model was acquired by the TanDEM-X Mission realised as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Airbus Defence and Space and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). It provides the first global, consistent, single-source and high-precision Digital Elevation Model, establishing a new standard for global elevation.

Airbus Defence and Space holds the exclusive commercial rights for these data which are marketed under the name of WorldDEM and has developed a dedicated software tool for the adaptation of the elevation data to the needs of military and commercial users worldwide.

“We are proud of the trust shown by the German Ministry of Defence, which now becomes the first user of the global information provided through WorldDEM” says Evert Dudok, Executive Vice President of Communications, Intelligence and Security (CIS) Business Line at Airbus Defence and Space.

The 3D nature of the data provides an ideal visualisation tool indispensable for surveillance, reconnaissance and mission planning. The TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model facilitates the interpretation of landscapes with exceptional detail, which is essential for military engineering projects and operational planning incl. mapping of obstacles, line of sight estimation and flight path/possible landing site planning.

 

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

 

Contact :

Fabienne GRAZZINI + 33 5 62 19 41 19        
fabienne.grazzini@astrium.eads.net


Florian TAITSCH  +49 151 16 83 10 52
florian.taitsch@airbus.com

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TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X fly in a unique formation with distances down to only a few hundred meters. They are acquiring the data basis for the WorldDEM™  - a unique global DEM of unprecedented quality, accuracy, and coverage. WorldDEM™ will be the new standard of global elevation models and will be available for the Earth’s entire land surface - pole to pole.


The TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X missions are realised in the frame of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the German Aerospace Centre  (DLR) and Airbus Defence and Space. The scientific use of TerraSAR-X data is coordinated via DLR's TerraSAR-X Science Service System .