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March 20, 2008

Eagle Eye in Space

The first German radar satellite for remote sensing had barely completed its first orbit when it broke its first record: TerraSAR-X sent its first images to the Remote Sensing Centre in Neustrelitz from a distance of 514 kilometres within only four days. The images researchers have been receiving since 18 June 2007 are of outstanding quality. With a resolution of up to one metre, the scout in the sky is transmitting detailed pictures of flooding in Mexico and disappearing glaciers in Patagonia, documenting deforestation in rainforests or measuring the speed of North Sea currents off the German coast. The capabilities of the satellite, which was developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Astrium, an EADS subsidiary, are attracting worldwide interest: 1,500 customers from more than 40 countries are standing in line to gain access to TerraSAR-X data. The number will certainly increase even further from 2009 when a second TerraSAR-X satellite will start supplying even sharper images.

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© Deutschland magazine/February/March 2008/Roland Knauer



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