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TanDEM-X was launched on a Dnepr rocket on 21 June 2010 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 02:14 UT. TanDEM-X stands for TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement. It is a German radar mapping satellite that will fly in close formation with the TerraSAR-X to gather precise elevation data. The satellite will provide homogenous 3D elevation models of the Earth. TanDEM-X is designed to work for at least five years, including a three-year overlap with TerraSAR-X.

Alternate Names

  • 36605

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2010-06-21
Launch Vehicle: Dnepr
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Germany)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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