ALOS-2 is a follow-on mission from ALOS-1 ("DAICHI"). This satellite was launched on 24 May 2014 with enhanced capabilities.
The state-of-the-art L-band Synthetic aperture Radar aboard ALOS-2 is an active microwave radar using the 1.2 GHz frequency range which will have enhanced performance compared to ALOS/PALSAR. The PALSAR-2 is capable of observing day and night and in all weather conditions.
|Nominal Resolution||Spotlight 1-3m
Strip Map 3-10m
|Swath width||Spotlight: 25km
Strip Map: 50-70km
ScanSAR: 350 or 490km
|Polarisation||SP: HH or VV or HV
DP: HH+HV or VV+VH
|Nominal Look Direction||Left or Right|
|Incidence angles||Manoeuvrable between 8 and 70 degrees|