The Japanese Earth-Observation satellite ALOS, developed by JAXA and launched on 24 January 2006, had the objective to provide the user community with data of sufficient resolution to be able to generate 1:25,000 scale maps.
The mission included optical and an active L-band SAR sensor payload whose high-resolution data may be used for environmental purposes.
On 22 April 2011, the ALOS satellite was lost due to a power anomaly and completed its operations phase.
Please be aware that in the ALOS FBS_RAW_0P and FBD_RAW_0P collections on the dissemination server the files contained in the .CEOS bundle are incorrectly named as Wide (ScanSAR) products: they are actually products in Fine Beam observation mode as can be seen by the 70 km swath of these acquisitions.
An investigation ascertained that the other collections (polarimetric products and higher level products) are not impacted by the issue.
30 March 2017
Following major development activities, which caused data access unavailability over the last months, ESA has now made all of its archived data from the PALSAR instrument available again. The new ground segment architecture allows for faster data access, as data requested by the user will be provided out of the archive and processed "on the fly". No more manual intervention for processing will be necessary on ESA's side. WB1 PALSAR data will become available in the next months.
Mission Facts and Figures