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News Release -
First Images from Goodrich Optical System on Japan's Advanced Earth Remote Sensing Satellite
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images from the Panchromatic
Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) payload on their Advanced
Land Observing Satellite (ALOS). The imagery was released less than one month
after the ALOS launch, much quicker than is typical for sophisticated imaging
systems. The images clearly show objects as small as cars and the stereo
imaging, a unique capability for an Earth observation satellite, allows
generation of three-dimensional "fly-by" movies
Goodrich Corporation's (NYSE: GR) Electro-Optical Systems team developed
the advanced high precision optical systems in the three PRISM payload
telescopes that provide the three-dimensional images. Each telescope has a
unique optical configuration allowing it to capture large areas on the ground.
The Goodrich-produced mirrors for each of these lightweight systems are 0.6-
meters in maximum dimension and are polished to a surface precision better
than 10 billionths of a meter. In addition to the three flight systems
launched on the ALOS satellite, Goodrich supplied another complete set of
systems for an Engineering Model and provided on-site support in Japan for
integration of the PRISM payload.
Goodrich also provided the attitude control hardware that supports
precision pointing of the ALOS spacecraft to specific regions of the earth.
These items incorporate Goodrich proprietary fine balancing processes which
dramatically reduce the disturbances imparted to the satellite and allow
proper operation of this highly-sensitive satellite.
The ALOS system will aid scientists in their search for natural resources,
help cartographers around the world create more precise maps, and provide
support for disaster response. Further details of the PRISM Instrument and
ALOS mission can be found at http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/ALOS/.
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