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15 April 2014
Defence and Space

WorldDEM™ Sets New Standards for Global Elevation Models

On April 15 Airbus Defence and Space launches the WorldDEM™ – the first truly global 3D Digital Elevation Model of the Earth’s entire land surface. Pole-to-pole coverage coupled with unrivalled accuracy and quality – these are the defining characteristics of the WorldDEM™. The accuracy surpasses that of any global satellite-based elevation model available today and will define a new industry standard. With this product Airbus DS will be able to deliver highly precise terrain information for any point on the globe.

High Level of Detail for Versatile Applications

A multitude of applications such as satellite image orthorectification, military and civil aviation, management of oil and gas fields as well as defence and security related missions, benefit from the unique WorldDEM™ dataset. The global coverage will also support international cooperation and cross-border mission planning, particularly when the rapid provision of accurate information is of utmost importance (for instance in case of natural or environmental disasters), the availability of a standardised, highly accurate DEM will be a major advantage.

WorldDEM™ is the product of the TanDEM-X Mission (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurements), realised as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Airbus DS and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Airbus DS holds the exclusive commercial marketing rights for the data and refines the elevation models according to the needs of commercial users worldwide.

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