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ALOS User Frequently Asked Questions

QWho can I purchase ALOS data from?

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AVNIR-2 & PALSAR
Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)
RESTEC is an exclusive distributor of these two data of ALOS data for all users in the world.

PRISM
Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)
PASCO Corporation (PASCO)
There are two distributors, PASCO and RESTEC, for the data, and you can purchase the data from these companies.

QWhat is the classification of ALOS data product?

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ALOS data classification is defined by JAXA, an owner of the intellectual property right of ALOS data. Under their definition, ALOS data product is classified into three categories as shown in the table below. The classification is important for anyone using ALOS data because if the product you developed from the standard product is defined as Value Added Product (VAP), you can sell the VAP without approval from JAXA, and you do not have to pay any royalty to JAXA on the sales of your VAP.

(Table: ALOS data classifcation)

Definition Examples
Standard Product CEOS level 1data
Derivative-work product Processed product of standard product that retains the original pixel structure and can be converted back to the original data GeoTIFF or NITF formatted data of standard product
Value Added Product (VAP) Highly processed product of standard product that does not retain the original pixel structure and can not be converted back to the original data Ortho- rectified product, Pan sharpen imagery, Digital Surface Model

QHow can I search ALOS data for my area of interest?

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You can do the data search with JAXA internet data service system “AUIG2”. For details, please refer to the User Manual at the following web site:

https://auig2.jaxa.jp/ips/home

You can access using “Guest Search”.

QHow can I purchase ALOS data from RESTEC?

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You can purchase ALOS data by sending order sheet by e-mail.

QHow much does ALOS data cost?

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About the price, please refer to our price lists at the URL below.

https://www.restec.or.jp/en/solution/product-alos/alos-price

QWhat should I know before placing an order for ALOS standard products?

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ALOS standard products have three processed levels. You need to choose the processed level you want. For details, please refer to the explanation of the levels at the following URL.

https://restec.or.jp/en/solution/product-alos/alos-standard

QHow can I make a payment?

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You can make a payment by wire transfer. Please note we only accept Japanese Yen.
*Account number has been changed since Nov.25th, 2014.
*Invoiced amount doesn’t include bank commission.
*All bank charges incurred in remittance bank, intermediary bank and recipient bank are on payer’s account.
*Please mention the proforma invoice number when you make wire transfer.

QWhich satellite data processing software supports ALOS data?

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Please see the table below

CEOS GeoTIFF RPC file Comments
ERDAS IMAGINE Yes Yes Yes Ver.9.2
ENVI Yes(*) Yes Yes(*) (*) Ver. 4.4
PCI geomatica Yes Yes Yes Ver. 10.1.2
ER Mapper Yes(*)/No Yes YNo (*) Only in Japan
GAMMA Yes Yes Support for PALSAR
SOCKET SET No Yes Yes(*) (*) Ver. 5.4.1

QHow about the accuracy of ALOS data?