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TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Announcement of Opportunity

09 October 2015

ESA is pleased to announce the opening of a new "Announcement of Opportunity" for the scientific user community: TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X archive and tasking data in all sensor modes can be obtained through submission and approval of a project proposal via the TerraSAR-X information area.

TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X dependably acquire high-resolution and wide-area radar images regardless of weather conditions. Both satellites are almost identical and operate in six alternate operating modes (Staring SpotLight, High Resolution SpotLight, SpotLight, StripMap, ScanSAR and Wide ScanSAR) for a wide range of applications in Earth Observation.

Ranging from Staring SpotLight mode with a resolution of up to 25 cm at a scene size of e.g. ~ 4 km x 3.7 km mainly for image intelligence applications to Wide ScanSAR providing a resolution of 40 m at a scene size of 270 km × 200 km (extendable to a scene length of 1,500 km) particularly suitable for maritime applications. Other applications include highly precise change detection and monitoring applications, support of intelligence and security mission and disaster response.

Thanks to different polarimetric combinations (single or dual polarisation and even full Polarimetric) and processing levels the delivered imagery can be tailored specifically to meet the requirements of the application. Further details are available on the TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X Mission and Product web pages.