BackForward Satellite: TerraSAR-X 

Satellite details
Acronym TerraSAR-X
Full name TerraSAR-X
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the TerraSAR programme.
  • Main mission: all-weather land observation, including surveillance and emergency management.
  • Significant contribution to temperature/humidity sounding.
Mass at launch 1230 kg Dry mass 1152 kg
Power 800 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data distributed by Astrium/Infoterra.
  • Near real-time data provided by UCAR
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 515 km
ECT 06:00 desc


Space agency DLR
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 15 Jun 2007 EOL ≥2024
Last update: 2024-05-02
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 TerraSAR-X

Acronym Full name
TOR Tracking, Occultation and Ranging
SAR-X Synthetic Aperture Radar (X-band)
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
SAR-X active 10 GHz - 9.65 GHz 0 MHz - X-band SAR