This L-band SAR is the upgrade to the ALOS PALSAR. Unlike PALSAR, PALSAR-2 can look to either the right or left of the flight path, and to a distance of 870 km to 2,320 km from the ground track. The project manager, Shinichi Suzuki, stresses the role of SAR data in understanding the consequences of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and states that the cooperative international framework for sharing SAR data was important in understanding the results of the earthquake. On May 27, JAXA confirmed that the satellite was operating properly, so that the critical operation phase was complete. They then shifted to the regular operation mode. Further information is available at the JAXA ALOS-2 website.