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Satellite details
Acronym ALOS
Full name Advanced Land Observing Satellite
Satellite Description
  • 1st flight unit of the ALOS programme.
  • Main mission: land observation.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean observation.
Mass at launch 4000 kg Dry mass 3820 kg
Power 7000 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data distributed through a network of several ALOS Data Nodes (ADN), ideally one in each continent.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 692 km
ECT 10:30 desc


Space agency JAXA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • Satellite withdrawn because of failure of the power generation system.
Launch 24 Jan 2006 EOL 22 Apr 2011
Last update: 2019-10-27
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on ALOS

Acronym Full name
AVNIR-2 Advanced Visible and Near-Infrared Radiometer - 2
PALSAR Phased-Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar
PRISM Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping
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Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
PALSAR active 1270 - 1270 MHz N/R  kHz - A   L-band SAR