Mitsubishi Electric develops ALOS-2 satellite with world’s most advanced L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar
Mitsubishi Electric has completed its development of the ALOS-2: DAICHI-2 advanced land-observation satellite based on a contract awarded to the company by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2009. Mitsubishi Electric will provide the spacecraft, sensor and ground systems, including data processing, and will confirm operation after the ALOS-2 satellite system is launched from Tanegashima Space Center on May 24. JAXA will broadcast the launch from the Tanegashima Space Center through the Internet.
ALOS-2, a follow-on mission of its predecessor ALOS satellite, is equipped with the world’s most advanced L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for improved resolution and wider observation range than ALOS. It is expected to contribute significantly to earth observations in terms of disaster monitoring, environmental protection, resource exploration and forest monitoring.