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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ALOS-2 -
Full Name Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2
aka DAICHI-2
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies JAXA Launch Date 24 May 2014
Mission Links mission site EOL Date May 2019
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 100 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 97.9 deg
Orbit Altitude 628 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 12:00 Repeat Cycle 14 days
Objectives and Applications Environmental monitoring, disaster monitoring, civil planning, agriculture and forestry, Earth resources, land surface.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAtmospheric Winds PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
LandAlbedo and reflectance PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Landscape topography PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Soil moisture PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Vegetation PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Surface temperature (land) CIRC (ALOS-2)
Multi-purpose imagery (land) CIRC (ALOS-2), PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
OceanOcean surface winds PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Snow & IceIce sheet topography PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Snow cover, edge and depth PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2)
Mission Instruments
CIRC (ALOS-2) - Compact InfraRed Camera (ALOS-2)
PALSAR-2 (ALOS-2) - Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar-2
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