New Japanese satellite

The Japanese successfully launched a new satellite a few weeks ago. Named ALOS (Advanced Land Observing Satellite), it carries 3 instruments (from their email).

PRISM (Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping): High-resolution (monochrome) images, collects elevation data AVNIR-2 (Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type-2): Multi-band (color) images, capable of pointing PALSAR (Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar): Cloud-free, Day-and-Night radar sensor

Sounds cool. If you're interested, check it out