ALOS (Advanced Land Observation Satellite) is used for cartography, regional observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveying.
ALOS has three remote-sensing instruments:
ALOS transmitts its data via the DRTS (Kodama) satellite.
The ALOS was launched by an H-2A-2022 launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center. ALOS as been given the nickname Daichi.
Five minutes after spacecraft separation, ALOS began to unfurl its 72-foot solar array that will provide electrical power to the craft throughout its mission. Six cameras are on-board to visually verify the correct deployment of the solar panel and various instrument antennas.
ALOS lost all power on 22. April 2011, thus ending the mission.
|Type / Application:||Earth Observation, Radar|
|Equipment:||PALSAR, PRISM, AVNIR-2|
|Power:||Deployable solar array (4 kW EoL), batteries|
|Lifetime:||3 years (design); 5 years (planned)|
|Orbit:||697 km × 697 km, 98°|
|ALOS (Daichi)||2006-002A||24.01.2006||Ta YLP-1||H-2A-2022|