TanDEM-X Ready for Operation

Commissioning phase concluded fully on schedule
TanDEM-X DEM Bolivia

TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model of Volcano Tunupa and the edges of the salt lake "Salar de Uyuni" in Bolivia. © DLR

On December 14, 2010 the TanDEM-X mission has reached another important milestone: fully on schedule, the commissioning phase could be finished in less than six months. The teams of German Aerospace Centere (DLR) and Astrium have successfully demonstrated the operational readiness of the satellite, thus the collection of data for a global homogeneous DEM can start – as planned – in early 2011.

TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites in space

TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X in space

The TanDEM-X mission was developed jointly by DLR and Astrium and is being operated at DLR's Oberpfaffenhofen site. The commercial marketing of the TanDEM-X data will be conducted by the GEO-Information Division of Astrium Services. The mission's goal is the creation of a globally homogeneous Digital Elevation Model (DEM) with an unprecedented accuracy and coverage.

TanDEM-X Ready for Operation

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