LDCM Operational Land Imager (OLI)—VIS/IR Instrument

LDCM Operational Land Imager (OLI)—VIS/IR Instrument

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LDCM's Operational Land Imager's VIS/IR Instrument
LDCM’s Operational Land Imager’s VIS/IR Instrument

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) is being built by the Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. The Ball contract was awarded in July 2007. OLI improves on past Landsat sensors using a technical approach demonstrated by a sensor flown on NASA’s experimental EO-1 satellite. OLI is a push-broom sensor with a four-mirror telescope and 12-bit quantization. OLI will collect data for visible, near infrared, and short wave infrared spectral bands as well as a panchromatic band. It has a five-year design life.

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