DLR is one of the partners of the UNESCO-ESA ‘Open Initiative on the Use of Space Technologies to Support the World Heritage Convention’ and has been supporting UNESCO, among other projects, in its work on monitoring landslides in Machu Picchu. Within the project, space partners have been able to detect a certain irregular behaviour of the radar sensor. Due to its location in a highly mountainous area with an extremely accidental relief, the site’s observation has large areas ‘under severe shadow of the mountains’ that produces large ‘blind points’ for radar sensors. This makes the acquisition of data for certain areas impossible. The new DLR satellite TanDEM-X combined with TERRASAR-X are expected to be able solve these technical problems and thus provide to UNESCO the first complete images on Machu Picchu.
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