The TerraSAR-X / PAZ Constellation: Post-Launch Update

Conference: EUSAR 2018 - 12th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/04/2018 - 06/07/2018 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2018

Pages: 3Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Bach, Katja; Kahabka, Hanjo (Airbus Defence and Space, Germany)
Fernando, Cerezo; Perez, Juan Cicuendez (Hisdesat Servicios Estrat├ęgicos, S.A., Spain)

This paper provides an overview of the TerraSAR-X/PAZ constellation, where two independent X-Band SAR mis-sions work together to form a constellation of similar satellites, providing operational services starting 2018. Hisdesat and Airbus Defence and Space have teamed up to establish key features to bring all the benefits of a true constella-tion to users. Joint operations and use concepts were developed for the missions to be operated as a constellation. Im-portant customer needs are related to data ageing, update frequency, and coverage. This paper also gives an update of the current status of the TSX/PAZ Mission post-launch.