December 2012


Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site
Dec 20, 2012Eighth Landsat Satellite Arrives at Launch Site

Contributor: Ellen Gray NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Dec. 20, 2012 • An oversized semi-trailer truck carrying NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in [...]

integrated LDCM
Dec 13, 2012Orbital Holds Press Briefing on LDCM Before Shipping to VAFB

Dec. 13, 2012 • Orbital Sciences Corp., the LDCM spacecraft provider, held a press briefing on Dec. 13 following the successful completion of the LDCM satellite integration and just prior to the satellite's shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, [...]

Dec 11, 2012LDCM Atlas V Completes Launch Vehicle Readiness Review

Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center Dec. 11, 2012 • NASA's Kennedy Space Center reported that the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Launch Vehicle Readiness Review for the Atlas V rocket was successfully completed on Dec. 11, 2012. The LDCM [...]

Dec 4, 2012LDCM’s Atlas V Rocket Fueling Exercise

Dec. 4, 2012 • Today at Vandenberg Airforce Base, a fueling exercise for the Landsat Data Continuity Missions's (LDCM/Landsat 8) Atlas V 401 rocket rook place. Spaceflight Now provides details: http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av035/wdr.html Read [...]

Drawing of LDCM rocket
Nov 27, 2012LDCM Atlas V Payload Fairing Arrives at Vandenberg

Source: @NASAKennedy Nov. 27, 2012 • At 3:27 p.m. ET, NASA Kennedy reported that the Atlas V payload fairing arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Landsat Continuity Data Mission processing. They also reported that a countdown rehearsal with [...]

LDCM Satellite Departs Thermal Vacuum Chamber
Nov 26, 2012LDCM Satellite Departs Thermal Vacuum Chamber

Source: Rani Gran, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Nov. 26, 2012 • On Nov. 23, 2012, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite concluded environmental testing in a thermal vacuum chamber at the Orbital Sciences Corporation's facility [...]

LDCM first stage booster
Nov 5, 2012LDCM Rocket Assembly Photos Available

Nov. 5, 2012 • Kennedy Space Center has a media gallery of LDCM rocket assembly photos. Visit the gallery to see photos of LDCM's Atlas V 401 rocket being delivered and pieced together at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Visit site: + NASA KSC Media [...]

LDCM satellite
Oct 4, 2012Electromagnetic Interference/Capability (EMI/EMC) testing and structural dynamics testing completed for LDCM

Orbital Sciences Corporation recently completed Electromagnetic Interference/Capability (EMI/EMC) testing and structural dynamics testing of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite. Pictured above, engineers at Orbital’s Satellite [...]

Aug 22, 2012Thermal Detector Technology Used on TIRS

Source: NASA GSFC @ YouTube •  All objects emit infrared radiation and the characteristics of the infrared radiation are primarily dependent on the temperature of the object. One of the unique features of the new Quantum Well Infrared [...]

TIRS being hoisted
Jul 16, 2012Landsat Data Continuity Mission Becomes an Observatory

Source: NASA • Engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, Ariz., have installed the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument back onto to the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft. With both the Operational Land Imager [...]