TerraSAR-X to be launched on 15 June from Baikonur

TerraSAR-X to be launched on 15 June from Baikonur

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Germany, 01 June 2007: The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X is to be launched on 15 June from the Baikonur centre in Kazakhstan. The companies, Astrium and the German Aerospace Center DLR are preparing for the satellite lift-off.

TerraSAR-X, the German satellite is developed under public-private partnership (PPP) between DLR and Astrium. Astrium, is sharing the costs of the development, construction and deployment of the satellite. While DLR will do the mission planning and operation of the satellite, whilst Infoterra , will be responsible for the commercial exploitation of the satellite data.

TerraSAR-X will record X-band radar images of earth in a polar orbit at an altitude of 514 kilometres. TerraSAR-X is fuelled for five years, and it will be able to provide radar images with a resolution upto one metre.