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January 16th, 2008
TerraSAR-X Services now Available

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PR – Data acquired by the first commercial highresolution
radar satellite TerraSAR-X is now operationally available: Infoterra
GmbH, the owner of the exclusive commercial exploitation rights for this data, has
announced its commercial sales operations to be up-and-running.
Ever since the spacecraft delivered first impressive images a mere four days after
the successful launch on June 15th, 2007, the global user community of Earth
observation data has eagerly awaited this day: the weather independent satellite
with a resolution of up to 1m is a uniquely reliable data source. Flexible
acquisition modes and a rapid response time make TerraSAR-X data a valuable
input for a variety of geo-information applications.
"We have been working towards this for several years now and thoroughly
prepared our business processes," deliberates Joerg Herrmann, managing
director of Infoterra GmbH: "Our teams have established a reliable customer
service, a secure technical infrastructure and efficient business processes for the
data sales. In addition, our geo-information experts have developed a sound
portfolio of radar-based geo-information services that is now ready to be brought
into the market."
Less than seven months after launch – precisely as scheduled – the German
Aerospace Centre DLR declared the TerraSAR-X commissioning phase to be
finalized: The satellite is functioning flawlessly, and all related ground
infrastructure has been implemented and tested successfully.
Extensive Partner Network supports marketing worldwide
Infoterra’s global marketing activities are significantly enhanced by the extensive
TerraSAR-X Distribution Partner Network spanning the six continents: nearly sixty
partners in as many countries are available to support customers with their
distinct local knowledge and experiences.
Promotional Acquisition Campaign concluded
With the beginning of the operational business, Infoterra GmbH has concluded
the TerraSAR-X promotional acquisition campaign: during the past months, more
than 1.500 users from around the globe have placed a request for a total of 3.000
TerraSAR-X scenes, many of which could be recorded during the commissioning
phase. These scenes – provided free of charge for evaluation and trial purposes
– are scheduled to be delivered starting February 2008.
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Mareike Doepke
T +49 7545 8 3924 M +49 171 793 7253
Business success ensures sustainable TerraSAR-X mission
“It is now up to us to advance the TerraSAR-X mission”, explains Joerg
Herrmann. “In the coming years, we will ensure the long-term commercial
success of the mission and secure the sustainability of this German radar
mission.” Infoterra is expected to re-invest profits from this business into
TerraSAR-X-2, which is scheduled to replace TerraSAR-X at the end of its five
year lifespan in 2012, representing a further step towards the sub-meter
resolution and coverage.
Customer service availability
Infoterra’s customer service team is continuously available to inform and consult
customers and receive data orders via or
+49 7545 8 4344.

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