(15 June 2012) Five years ago, at 04:14 CEST on 15 June 2007, the German TerraSAR-X radar satellite was launched from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This marked the beginning of a new era in satellite remote sensing for Germany.
Designed to operate for five years, the satellite has now completed its nominal service life but it remains in excellent condition; it is expected to continue functioning for several more years.
“TerraSAR-X has now been operating almost flawlessly for five years. The satellite’s propellant consumption has been low, the solar arrays and radar instrument are in good condition, and all of the redundant systems are still available. We could not have hoped for more,” says Michael Bartusch, TerraSAR-X mission Project Manager at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Space Administration.
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