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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