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TanDEM-X - radar satellite liftoff from Baikkonur successful

June 21, 2010

On June 21st the Dnjepr satellite launching rocket was lifted into space from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan carrying the radar satellite TanDEM-X designed by the Friedrichshafen-based EADS subsidiary Astrium. Together with its “twin“ TerraSAR-X that has been in space since 2007 this radar satellite will be mapping earth´s entire land surface once again. The intention is to create a digital ground model surpassing all previous ones in quality. TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X together will generate a radar interferometer: They will fly just a few hundred meters apart from each other in a tight formation and thus enable a simultaneous recording of the area from different angles. So far, this has been an unprecedented operation. On board the predecessor Terra-SAR-X there are numerous specialized microchips that were designed and manufactured at the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart.

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