Airbus Defence and Space

TerraSAR-X services now available

Ever since the spacecraft delivered first impressive images a mere four days after the successful launch on 15 June 2007, the global user community of Earth observation data has eagerly awaited this day:

The weather independent satellite with a resolution of up to 1m is a uniquely reliable data source. Flexible acquisition modes and a rapid response time make TerraSAR-X data a valuable input for a variety of geo-information application.

"We have been working towards this for several years now and thoroughly prepared our business processes," deliberates Joerg Herrmann, managing director of Infoterra GmbH: "Our teams have established a reliable customer service, a secure technical infrastructure and efficient business processes for the data sales. In addition, our geo-information experts have developed a sound portfolio of radar-based geo-information services that is now ready to be brought into the market."

Less than seven months after launch – precisely as scheduled – the German Aerospace Centre DLR declared the TerraSAR-X commissioning phase to be finalised: The satellite is functioning flawlessly, and all related ground infrastructure has been implemented and tested successfully.

Promotional Acquisition Campaign concluded

With the beginning of the operational business, Infoterra GmbH has concluded the TerraSAR-X promotional acquisition campaign: during the past months, more than 1,500 users from around the globe have placed a request for a total of 3,000 TerraSAR-X scenes, many of which could be recorded during the commissioning phase. These scenes – provided free of charge for evaluation and trial purposes – are scheduled to be delivered starting February 2008.

Business success ensures sustainable TerraSAR-X mission

"It is now up to us to advance the TerraSAR-X mission," explains Joerg. "In the next few years, we will ensure the long-term commercial success of the mission and secure the sustainability of this German radar mission."

Infoterra is expected to re-invest profits from this business into TerraSAR-X-2, which is scheduled to replace TerraSAR-X at the end of its five-year lifespan in 2012, representing a further step towards the sub-metre resolution and coverage.

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