BackForward Satellite: Tandem-L 

Satellite details
Acronym Tandem-L
Full name Tandem-L Interferometric Radar Mission
Satellite Description
  • 3rd component of the TerraSAR-X programme, actually composed of two units flying in parallel to implement interferometry.
  • Main mission: all-weather land observation, including surveillance and emergency management.
  • Significant contribution to temperature/humidity sounding.
Mass at launch Dry mass
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data distributed by Astrium/Infoterra.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 745 km
ECT 06:00 desc


Space agency DLR
Status Planned
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch ≥2024 EOL ≥2036
Last update: 2021-01-16
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Tandem-L

Acronym Full name
L-SAR L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
SAR-X active 9650 - 9650 MHz N/R  kHz - A   X-band SAR