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TerraSAR-X will be the first commercially available X-band radar remote sensing satellite with a high productivity. It is capable of acquiring both large area coverage as well as zooming in on selected focus areas. TerraSAR-X features a highly reliable observation capability, as the radar satellite collects data independent of cloud cover or solar illumination.

  • Active phased array X-band SAR
  • Resolution up to 1 meter
  • Single, dual and quad polarization
  • On board data storage (256 gigabyte)
  • Sun-synchronous repeat orbit (514 km)
  • Repetition rate: 11 days
  • Due to its flexibility, TerraSAR-X can cover any point on Earth within a maximum of three days, 90% of the surface within 2 days.

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