Second SAR-Lupe satellite now also supplying brilliantly sharp images

Together they have been looking down onto the earth since the beginning of July, the first two satellites in the SAR-Lupe system for the German Federal Armed Forces. The second satellite was successfully launched into its low-altitude orbit on July 2, 2007 on board a COSMOS 3M, which lifted off from the Plesetsk space center. The satellites’ mission entails capturing high-resolution images for the reconnaissance activities performed by the German Federal Armed Forces. And this they are doing with an outstanding quality, as the numerous images supplied over the past few days demonstrate. “With SAR-Lupe, the German Federal Armed Forces have arguably the world’s most modern satellite reconnaissance system,” stresses Prof. Manfred Fuchs, CEO of the Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG, the principal contractor for the SAR-Lupe system.

SAR-Lupe 1 has been observing the earth since December 2006, impressively demonstrating its capabilities. Thanks to the experience gained by the project team, it took less time to put the second satellite into operation. It, too, is supplying outstanding high-resolution images and operating very successfully and reliably.

SAR-Lupe is Germany’s first satellite reconnaissance system. It comprises five satellites and a corresponding ground segment for controlling the satellites and receiving, processing and evaluating image data. The system can peer through the clouds and capture highly detailed up-to-the-minute images of virtually all areas of the earth even at night.

The launch of the third SAR-Lupe satellite is scheduled for November 1, 2007, with the entire system to be completed in 2008.

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