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Future L-band SAR missions of Japanese ALOS programme
Author(s): Harunobu Masuko; Yoshinori Miyazaki; Hiroyuki Wakabayashi; Takashi Hamazaki; Yoshikazu Kamiya
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Paper Abstract

The ALOS is a Japanese sun-synchronous earth observing satellite scheduled to be launched in 2002. ALOS carries both optical and microwave high resolution imaging sensors, i.e. the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM), the AVNIR-2, and the PALSAR, mainly for cartographic use, environmental and hazard monitoring, the earth resources investigations. PALSAR is an advanced-type follow-on SAR of the JERS-1/SAR and developed jointly by NASDA and MITI/JAROS. PALSAR is operated at an L-band frequency with parallel and cross polarization in a variety of beam selection modes providing different spatial resolutions, i.e. 8m/10m and 20m, incidence angles, and swath widths. In addition, the ScanSAR mode enables to serve a wide region up to 350 km with a low resolution ecology, hydrology, glaciology, oceanography, etc., together with the use of radar interferometry techniques for precise measurements of surface topography and its changes caused by earthquakes, volcanic activities, etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2957, Advanced and Next-Generation Satellites II, (27 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.265453
Show Author Affiliations
Harunobu Masuko, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Yoshinori Miyazaki, Geological Survey of Japan (Japan)
Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Takashi Hamazaki, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)
Yoshikazu Kamiya, Japan Resources Observation System Organization (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2957:
Advanced and Next-Generation Satellites II
Hiroyuki Fujisada; Guido Calamai; Martin N. Sweeting, Editor(s)

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