The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that image data was successfully acquired by the Panchromatic Remote- sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite “Daichi,” which was launched on January 24, 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST). The data was acquired as part of the initial functional verification test.

The attached images of Mt. Fuji (Diagram 1) and Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture (Diagram 2) were both observed by the PRISM at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 (JST), and later received at the Earth Observation Center (in Hatoyama-cho, Hiki-gun, Saitama Pref.)

This sensor can acquire high-resolution three directional 3-D data, marking a world first for an earth observation satellite data.

We will release more image acquisitions by the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2) and the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Rader (PALSER) as soon as they are performed.

Diagram 1:

Mt Fuji observed by the PRISM Diagram 2:

Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture as observed by the PRISM

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