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Satellite details
Acronym ALOS
Full name Advanced Land Observing Satellite
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
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  • Satellite withdrawn because of failure of the power generation system.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
Show instrument status and calibration
Satellite frequencies for Earth Observation, data transfer and platform communications and control
Earth observation MW frequencies
Service Sensing mode Frequency (GHz) Bandwidth (MHz) Polarisation Comments
PALSAR active 1 GHz - 1.27 GHz 0 MHz - L-band SAR