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Overview of ALOS-2 and ALOS-3
Author(s): Shinichi Suzuki; Yukihiro Kankaku; Hiroko Imai; Yuji Osawa
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Paper Abstract

ALOS-2 and ALOS-3 will succeed to radar and optical mission of Advanced Land Observing Satellite “Daichi” which had contributed to cartography, regional observation, disaster monitoring, and resources surveys for more than 5 years until its termination of operation in May 2011. ALOS-2 carries the state-of-the-art L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) called PALSAR-2 which succeeds to the ALOS/PALSAR with enhanced performance in both high resolution (1m * 3m at finest in the Spotlight mode) and wide swath (up to 490km in the ScanSAR wide mode). Wider bandwidth and shorter revisit time will give better conference for INSAR data analysis such as crustal deformation and deforestation. The Proto Flight Model of ALOS-2 including PALSAR-2 is under integration and testing at JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center. ALOS-3 carries the optical sensor called PRISM-2 which succeeds to the ALOS/PRISM mission with enhanced performance in high resolution (0.8 m), wide swath (50 km) and high geo-location accuracy. PRISM-2 will acquire stereo pair images with two telescopes for stereo mapping and precise Digital Surface Models. It is also considered to carry Hyper-spectral Imager Suite (HISUI), which is developed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. JAXA has conducted the phase-A study on ALOS-3 spacecraft and mission instruments, with prototype testing of key components. This paper describes an overview of ALOS-2 and ALOS-3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8528, Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization II, 852811 (9 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.979184
Show Author Affiliations
Shinichi Suzuki, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Yukihiro Kankaku, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Hiroko Imai, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Yuji Osawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8528:
Earth Observing Missions and Sensors: Development, Implementation, and Characterization II
Haruhisa Shimoda; Xiaoxiong Xiong; Changyong Cao; Xingfa Gu; Choen Kim; A. S. Kiran Kumar, Editor(s)

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