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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ALOS -
Full Name Advanced Land Observing Satellite
aka Daichi
Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies JAXA Launch Date 24 Jan 2006
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 22 Apr 2011
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.7 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.16 deg
Orbit Altitude 692 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:30 Repeat Cycle 46 days
Objectives and Applications Cartography, digital terrain models, environmental monitoring, disaster monitoring, civil planning, agriculture and forestry, Earth resources, land surface.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
LandAlbedo and reflectance AVNIR-2, PALSAR, PRISM
Landscape topography AVNIR-2, PALSAR, PRISM
Soil moisture PALSAR
Vegetation AVNIR-2, PALSAR
Multi-purpose imagery (land) AVNIR-2, PALSAR, PRISM
OceanOcean surface winds PALSAR
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) PALSAR
Snow & IceIce sheet topography PALSAR
Snow cover, edge and depth AVNIR-2, PALSAR
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness AVNIR-2, PALSAR
Mission Instruments
AVNIR-2 - Advanced Visible and Near Infra-red Radiometer type 2
PALSAR - Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar
PRISM - Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping
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