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Distribution of Data from Advanced Land Observing Satellite 2 (Daichi-2/ALOS-2)
Friday September 18, 2015

On November 25, 2014, the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (hereafter "RESTEC") and PASCO CORPORATION (hereafter "PASCO") will jointly begin distribution of data from Advanced Land Observing Satellite 2 (Daichi-2/ALOS-2) and Advanced Land Observing Satellite (Daichi/ALOS/PRISM)(*1) (hereafter "ALOS-2 data, etc.").

The ALOS-2 data, etc., to be distributed is distinguished by its usefulness for many applications, including prompt and detailed grasping of the situation in natural disasters, grasping of the situation in ground subsidence, monitoring of sea ice, and exploration for resources. This project is being conducted as part of a larger project of operation of ALOS-2 and general distribution of observation data, as entrusted to the two companies by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (hereafter ?JAXA?). The intent is to further the expansion of the utilization of the ALOS-2 data, etc.

(*1) Advanced Land Observing Satellite (Daichi/ALOS): A Japanese Earth observation satellite operated from January 2006 to May 2011, performed high-precision global observations and have contributed to creation and updating of maps, grasping of situations for disasters, observation of local environments, etc. Of the three sensors installed on ALOS in this project, the data from the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) sensor is to be sold.


This project is contracted by JAXA to the consortium of RESTEC and PASCO. The purpose is the operation of ALOS-2 and the general distribution of ALOS-2 data, etc. RESTEC is the representative organization, responsible for overall coordination and ALOS-2 mission operation, while Space Engineering Development Co., Ltd. is responsible for satellite control. Meanwhile, PASCO is the data seller, responsible for working with RESTEC to distribute ALOS-2 data, etc.

Features of the ALOS-2 data

High-resolution observations
ALOS-2 (PALSAR-2) offers higher-resolution observations compared to ALOS (PALSAR): it can resolve 1 m 3 m in spotlight mode. Also, it can observe regardless of daylight or weather conditions thanks to its utilization of synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This is useful for grasping in detail such things as the damage situation in natural disasters such as floods and volcano eruptions which are prone to occur in the world. Figure: Comparison of observation images between ALOS (PALSAR) and ALOS-2 (PALSAR-2)

Wide range of observation and improved frequency

ALOS-2 is capable of lateral observation by tilting of the satellite's attitude. Compared to ALOS, the range of observation has tripled to 2,320 km. Moreover, the repeat cycle has gone dramatically down to 14 days. Along with other factors, this enables prompt observation.

How the ALOS-2 data will be distributed in Philippines

The ALOS-2 data, etc. will be distributed through PASCO Philippines Corporation.

Figure: Comparison of observed images between ALOS (PALSAR) and ALOS-2 (PALSAR-2)

?FUYO-1? SAR, 21 April 1992 (Resolution of about 18m)
?DAICHI? PALSAR, 27 April 2006 (Resolution of about 10m)
?DAICHI-2? PALSAR-2, 19 June 2014 (Resolution of about 3m)

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Successful completion of the Aquisition and Production of Geospatial Data for the NSDI, Sumatra Island, Indonesia
Friday August 1, 2014

Mr. Kohei Uesugi who is currently appointed as president of PASCO Philippines Corporation is one of the project member, who have successfully completed the Acquisition and Production of Geospatial Data for the NSDI, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Overview of Sumatra NSDI Project

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) toward the National Geo-Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Development formulated and entered into contract in March, 2007. The Government represented by the Agency for Geo-Spatial Information (BIG) concluded a contract for the NSDI Development Project (1P-544): Component 1: Acquisition and Production of Geo-Spatial Data of Sumatra Island with PASCO in December, 2010 and PASCO developed Geospatial data at a scale of 1:50,000 covering 303,439 of Sumatra Island equivalent to 64% of whole island, and at a scale of 1:10,000 covering 4 cites.

Sumatra Island has tropical rainforest climate and there are difficulties to acquire aerial images by optical cameras due to easy influence of the weather conditions. PASCO therefore acquired the aerial images from X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor mounted on the airplane. PASCO?s accumulated processing technology of TerraSAR-X satellite since 2007 was utilized for mapping from SAR images. Moreover archived imageries of Advance Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) ?Daichi?, which was in operation from 2006 to 2011, were utilized as the reference information and 300 local engineers were employed for this project to develop the data equal to entire land of Japan (Approx. 377,961

The developed data will be accessible by the concerned government ministries within the national data sharing system in Indonesia. These geospatial data will be applicable toward national land development, natural resources management, environment conservation, and disaster prevention as important infrastructural information.

PASCO will continue to contribute to establish safety and secure society in booming the ASEAN countries such as Indonesia through advanced Geospatial Services.

Phone: (632) - 914-4329 ~ 30
Fax : (632) - 914-4338

Sample of geospatial data at 1:50,000 scale
Sample of geospatial data at 1:10,000 scale

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Sentinel Asia Success Story in the Philippines
Tuesday February 02, 2010

Sentinel Asia Success Story was held in the Philippines and sponsored by JAXA in coordination with RESTEC and technical support by PASCO Corporation and PASCO Philippines Corporation. Technical Training / Field Survey / Workshop Technical training of Sentinel Asia of Philippines was held at Club Morocco Beach Resort in Subic, Zambales on August, 2009. The participants from the governmental agencies of Philippines were gathered to study the applications of natural disasters and know-how of creating hazard maps and image processing with utilizing ALOS satellite images.

On February, 2010, field survey of Mt. Mayon was conducted to increase the positioning accuracy of the hazard maps of Mt. Mayon by collecting X, Y, Z coordinates with GPS devices. Workshops were also held in city of Iloilo and Manila to present the final results of hazard maps created by the governmental agencies of Philippines.

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Asian Development Bank GIS Conference
Monday October 12, 2009

The Workshop on Using Advanced Geographical Information System (GIS) and Satellite Development in Asia at ADB office.

Participants for the workshop are the following agencies:

1. Cabinet Office of Japan
3. University of Tokyo
4. PASCO Philippines Corporation
5. ADB directors and staff
6. Nippon KOEI
7. UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
8. UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
9. Grameenphone Ltd.
10. FUJITSU Limited
11. Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC)
12. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
13. Kokusai Kogyo Co., LTD

PASCO Corp introduced new technology for mapping. With the use of SAR and optical imagery combined with a good system application, produces a powerful GIS tool. PASCO's sensors were introduced and also Lidar cameras and ASNARO, a small, low cost satellite which will be launched in 2011.

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2009 ESRI User GIS Conference
October 7 - 8, 2009

This year's presentation highlights the importance of data for disaster mapping and a review of present calamity and local hazard mitigation plans.

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Philippine Real Estate Festival
Thursday July 23, 2009

The Philippine Real Estate Festival - July 23 - 25, 2009 - is an annual event that showcases all types of real estate developments and services under one roof. The Festival will also provide updates and insights on housing and real estate investment in the country from both demand and supply providers and to allow all of us to fully realize that real property is the most, if not the best, investment in the market as it is stable and is unlikely to lose value.