The ALOS PALSAR Observation Strategy – a global mission concept

Conference: EUSAR 2006 - 6th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
05/16/2006 - 05/18/2006 at Dresden, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2006

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Rosenqvist, Ake; Shimada, Masanobu; Watanabe, Mamabu (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan)
Yamauchi, Kanako (Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Japan)

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on January 24, 2006. In addition to two optical instruments (PRISM and AVNIR-2), ALOS carries an L-band polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR). As the successor of the JERS-1 satellite (1992-1998), PALSAR does not only provide enhanced sensor performance, but also features a novel global mission concept. Abandoning traditional, local-focused instrument operations, JAXA has implemented a comprehensive acquisition strategy, in which geographical region, sensor mode, acquisition timing and repetition frequency, are fixed in advance to achieve spatially and temporally consistent, global coverage on a repetitive basis, at the same time as reducing programming and user conflicts.