The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
Elevation data is vital to successful mission planning, operations and readiness. Traditional methods for producing elevation data are very expensive and time consuming; major cloud belts would never be completed with existing methods. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) was selected in 1995 as the best means of supplying nearly global, accurate elevation data. The SRTM is an interferometric SAR system that flew during 11–22 February 2000 aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour and collected highly specialized data that will allow the generation of Digital Terrain Elevation Data Level 2(DTED ® 2). The result of the SRTM will increase the United States Government’s coverage of vital and detailed DTED® 2from less than 5% to 80% of the Earth’s landmass. This paper describes the shuttle mission and its deliverables.
KeywordsSynthetic Aperture Radar Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Elevation Data Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Data
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