May 2018


completing the OLI-2 focal plane integration
May 23, 2018In Focus: A Peek at Landsat 9’s OLI-2 Instrument During Focal Plane Integration

Ball Aerospace recently shared some photos of its technicians working on OLI-2 in the cleanroom during focal plane integration.

Landsat 9 budget, cost, and schedule information
May 1, 2018Landsat 9 Project On Track, U.S. General Accounting Office Assesses

The U.S. General Accounting Office reported on the Landsat 9 satellite project status as part of its 10th annual Quick Look at NASA’s major projects.

Landsat 9 logo
Apr 25, 2018Landsat 9 Successfully Passes Its Critical Design Review

Review board gives high praise to Landsat 9 project for its mission status.

Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held
Apr 10, 2018Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review a success.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review
Mar 15, 2018Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

The Landsat 9 spacecraft component successfully completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) demonstrating that the program meets all technical performance measures and requirements.

TIRS-2 inspections
Mar 1, 2018TIRS-2 Testing: A Landsat 9 Instrument Takes Shape

The TIRS-2 build, as with any science-grade space-based instrument, involves lots of testing.

Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule
Feb 14, 2018Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule

Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase
Dec 7, 2017Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase

Landsat 9 has entered its implementation phase.

Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone
Dec 5, 2017Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone

The Landsat 9 Ground Network Element's Preliminary Design Review took place on November 30, 2017.

Atlas V 401 rocket diagram
Oct 19, 2017NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Landsat 9 Mission

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission.

OLI-2
Sep 29, 2017Landsat 9’s OLI-2 Instrument Takes Shape

OLI-2 is being built by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.

A timeline of Landsat 9 mission development and lifecycle.
Sep 18, 2017Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review Successfully Completed

The mission team demonstrated to an independent Standing Review Board that all design plans for the Landsat 9 mission are both sound and well integrated.

Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review
Sep 12, 2017Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review

The Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review (PDR) is scheduled for September 12-14, 2017.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Development on Schedule
Aug 10, 2017Landsat 9 Spacecraft Development on Schedule

The Landsat 9 spacecraft is on track and meeting all of the system and schedule requirements needed for the mission’s planned Dec. 2020 launch.

Landsat 9 Mission Operations Contract Awarded
Jun 22, 2017Landsat 9 Mission Operations Contract Awarded

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) of Scottsdale, Arizona has been selected as the contractor responsible for Landsat 9 Mission Operations.

TIRS-2
Feb 28, 2017Landsat 9 Thermal Instrument Passes Critical Design Review

The Landsat 9 Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has successfully completed their Instrument Critical Design Review.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Systems Review
Feb 27, 2017Landsat 9 Spacecraft Systems Review

USGS and NASA officials will participate in the Landsat 9 Spacecraft System Requirements Review February 28 and March 1 at the Northrop Grumman facility in Gilbert, Arizona.

satellite graphic
Oct 25, 2016NASA Awards Contract for Sustainable Land Imaging Spacecraft

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, known publicly as Northrop Grumman, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft.

Landsat 9
Aug 29, 2016Landsat 9 Passes Mission Milestone

Landsat 9 passed one of its important reviews: "Key Decision Point B (KDP-B)" on August 17.

Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 Instrument Cryocooler Contract Awarded for Landsat 9
May 17, 2016Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 Instrument Cryocooler Contract Awarded for Landsat 9

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colorado, for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9.

OLI
Dec 31, 2015Letter Contract for Landsat 9 Imager-2 Awarded

NASA has awarded a sole source letter contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colo., to build the Operational Land Imager-2 instrument for the Landsat 9 project.

Landsat 8 TIRS in thermal vac
Apr 16, 2015Landsat 9 Is Coming

NASA and USGS have started work on Landsat 9.