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QPS-SAR-5 TSUKUYOMI-I presents 46cm x 45cm resolution with its spotlight imaging mode 

(Image: Sydney, Australia)

Fukuoka, JAPAN – February 1st, 2024 – Institute for Q-shu Pioneers of Space, Inc. (iQPS) released its Spotlight mode (high-resolution mode) images from QPS-SAR-5, named “TSUKUYOMI-I”. As QPS-SAR-6 “AMATERU-III,” which has already begun commercial service, TSUKUYOMI-I also has capability to observe at 46cm azimuth and range resolution, the highest in Japan for a commercial satellite.

TSUKUYOMI-I was launched on December 15th, 2023, by Rocket Lab’s Electron, with the mission named “The Moon God Awakens.” Approximately one month later of calibration, on January 17th, 2024, TSUKUYOMI-I unveiled its first light. After a steady adjustment process, we are pleased to announce the release of Tsukuyomi-I’s images in spotlight mode. The next step is to start providing services, and we are working diligently to coordinate operations to achieve this goal.


<Overview of Spotlight images>

Locations  1 Sydney, Australia ( weather: cloudy )
2 Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka ( weather: cloudy )
3 Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido ( weather: sunny )
*The weather information is sourced from JMA and other meteorological information websites.
Observation
date & time
1 03:39 AEDT January 27th, 2024
2 10:07 JST January 25th, 2024
3 13:30 JST January 24th, 2024
Resolution of images1 Ground plane resolution of Azimuth direction 0.46m,
Range direction 0.45m, Off-nadir angle 30.5 degree
2 Ground plane resolution of Azimuth direction 0.46m,
Range direction 0.46m, Off-nadir angle 29.4 degree
3 Ground plane resolution of Azimuth direction 0.46m,
Range direction 0.82m, Off-nadir angle 16.3 degree
Image description          TSUKUYOMI-I has observation mode of Standard mode (Stripmap imaging mode) which is 1.8 m resolution and High Resolution mode (Spotlight imaging mode) which is 0.46m resolution.
Imaging supportAlouette Technology Inc.

<Spotlight Images>

1. Sydney, Australia

[1-1] Close-up image : Central of Sydney

[1-2] Close-up image : Sydney Harbor Bridge

[1-3] Close-up image : Port Jackson

2. Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan

[2-1] Close-up image : Tenjin area (Central of Fukuoka-shi)

[2-2] Close-up image : Hakata Station

[2-3] Close-up image : Dome Stadium (Fukuoka PayPay Dome)

[2-4] Close-up image : Fukuoka Prefectural Office

[2-5] Close-up image : Ohori Park

3. Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, Japan

[3-1] Close-up image : Goryokaku park