Mission Operations Overview
The PALSAR acquisition strategy featured routine observations at four pre-selected sensor modes as shown in the table below. The mode selection represents a compromise solution where scientific requirements, user requests, programmatic aspects and satellite operational constraints had been taken into consideration.
To assure spatially and temporally homogeneous data collection over regional scales, acquisitions were planned in units of whole (46-day) repeat cycles, during which only one of the available default modes was selected. The PALSAR strategy was furthermore separated into one plan for ascending (evening) passes, and one for desceding (morning) passes.
For a detailed view of which regions were scheduled for ascending acquisitions by PALSAR during a particular cycle, please see the Ascending PALSAR Acquisition Plan.
For a detailed view of which regions were scheduled for descending acquisitions by PALSAR during a particular cycle, please see the Descending PALSAR Acquisition Plan.