- Advanced Land Observing Satellite "DAICHI " (ALOS)
ALOS stands for Advanced Land Observing Satellite, which was launched by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and its Japanese name is "DAICHI". ALOS was operated from January of 2006 to May of 2011. It conducted high-detail observation of the entire world and contributed to such fields as cartography and the updating of maps, the identification of situations regarding disasters, and the observation of local environments. Of the approximately 6.5 million images that were captured during the period of operation, approximately 3 million, which the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) captured with low cloud cover, are utilized.
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