BackForward Satellite: TerraSAR-X 

Satellite details
Acronym TerraSAR-X
Full name TerraSAR-X
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: 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 TerraSAR-X

Acronym Full name
TOR Tracking, Occultation and Ranging
SAR-X Synthetic Aperture Radar (X-band)
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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