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Satellite details
Acronym ALOS-2
Full name Advanced Land Observing Satellite - 2
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 2nd flight unit of the ALOS programme.
  • Main mission: land observation.
  • Substantial contribution to ocean observation.
Mass at launch 2000 kg Dry mass
Power 5200 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data distributed through a network of several ALOS Data Nodes (ADN), ideally one in each continent.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 640 km
ECT 12:00 desc


Space agency JAXA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 24 May 2014 EOL ≥2024
Last update: 2023-12-21
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-2

Acronym Full name
PALSAR-2 Phased-Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar - 2
CIRC Compact Infrared Camera
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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-2 active 1.2575 GHz 84 MHz H L-band SAR
PALSAR-2 active 1.2365 GHz 42 MHz H or V L-band SAR
PALSAR-2 active 1.2575 GHz 28 MHz V L-band SAR
PALSAR-2 active 1.2785 GHz 14 MHz H or V L-band SAR