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This satellite mission is the first of its kind; it remains unique and is highly complex, even for experienced engineers. "Following the launch of TanDEM-X on 21 June 2010, there was a six-month test phase, during which we subjected the satellite and its behaviour in near-Earth orbit to intense scrutiny and carried out our calibration work," Zink recalls.
Initially, at least two complete coverage cycles of Earth's land surface were planned. Some parts, one example being the vast majority of
"We want to gain a better understanding of Earth as a system and to employ the data for climate and traffic research, for example," says Irena Hajnsek, scientific coordinator for the TanDEM-X mission. In 2011, she gave the 'green light' for 166 of the research applications submitted to DLR. "Most of these originated in the