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.
24 March 2020
ESA is pleased to announce the online release of the ALOS Wide Area Observation Mode (Burst Mode 1) collection, which will complete the existing ALOS PALSAR data offer.
ESA are pleased to announce the release of PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software, which is the latest version of the ESA PolSARpro Toolbox (Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox).
Mission Facts and Figures