Schwerdt, Marco; Bräutigam, Benjamin; Bachmann, Markus; Döring, Björn (Microwave and Radar Institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), P.O.-Box 1116, D-82230 Weßling, Germany)
TerraSAR-X is a satellite mission for scientific and commercial applications operating a highly flexible X-band SAR instrument with a multitude of different operation modes. As product quality is of crucial importance, the success or failure of the mission depends essentially on the method of calibrating TerraSAR-X in an efficient way during commissioning the entire system in a restricted time. Only then, product quality and the correct operation of the SAR system can be ensured. The paper describes the method of calibrating TerraSAR-X and final results derived from all calibration procedures.