Landsat 8

An artist’s rendition of Landsat 8 (LDCM).

The Details

  • Launch Date: February 11, 2013
  • Status: operational
  • Sensors: OLI, TIRS
  • Altitude: 705 km
  • Inclination: 98.2°
  • Orbit: polar, sun-synchronous
  • Equatorial Crossing Time: nominally 10 AM (± 15 min.) local time (descending node)
  • Period of Revolution : 99 minutes; ~14.5 orbits/day
  • Repeat Coverage : 16 days

+ read about the history of Landsat 8