TanDEM-X Quick Facts

Launch: 21 June 2010, 04:14:03 CEST
Launch site: Baikonur (Kazakhstan)
Launcher: Dnepr-1
Satellite mass: 1330 kilograms
Satellite dimensions: Height: 5 metres
Diameter: 2.4 metres
Power consumption: 730 watts (average)
Mission operation: German Space Operations Center, Oberpfaffenhofen
Satellite command: Weilheim ground station
Data reception: Ground stations:
- Inuvik, Canada
- O'Higgins, Antarctic
- Kiruna, Sweden
Satallite lifetime: 5.5 years (6.5 years for consumables)
Mission status Operating nominally
Orbit altitude: 514 kilometres
Orbit inclination: 97.4 degrees
Ascending node / equatorial crossing time 15:00 0.25h (local)
Orbit Repeat Cycle 11 days
Radar centre frequency: 9.65 gigahertz (X-band)
Polarizations HH, VH, HV, VV
Nominal look direction right
Range Bandwidth 150 MHz / 300 MHz