Jhabvala and La
Jul 28, 2016Following the Trail of TIRS Technology onto a CapSat

An advanced photodetector camera that traces its heritage to one now flying on Landsat 8 is being studied as a potential payload on a conceptual satellite (CapSat) system purposely designed to take advantage of the expected boom in secondary-payload launch opportunities.

TIRS telescope
Dec 8, 2015TIRS Anomaly

On Nov. 1, 2015 the TIRS instrument experienced an anomalous condition related to the instrument’s ability to accurately measure the location of the Scene Select Mirror.

energy reaching TIRS
Feb 19, 2015Landsat 8 Remote Sensing Special Issue

A trio of Landsat calibration scientists—Brian Markham (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Jim Storey (Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies for USGS EROS) and Ron Morfitt (USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center) Landsat 8 Special Issue of the journal Remote Sensing.

Landsat 8: Good Things, Getting Better
Feb 18, 2014Landsat 8: Good Things, Getting Better

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the launch of Landsat 8. This first anniversary is going to be an exciting, upbeat celebration because the new satellite is meeting, if not exceeding, all expectations. “Landsat 8 is nearly perfect,” said Jim Lacasse, Landsat Operations and Maintenance Project Manager. “We’re getting really high quality data.”

ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery
Feb 13, 2013ESA-NASA Collaboration Fosters Comparable Land Imagery

Feb 13, 2013 • [Source: European Space Agency] The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have joined forces to ensure that Sentinel-2 and the newly launched Landsat Data Continuity Mission offer compatible data products, thereby bringing greater benefits to users of images of Earth’s land and coastal zones. ESA is currently developing the two-satellite Sentinel-2 mission […]

DOI Secretary & NASA Administrator
Feb 11, 2013Interior Prepares to Conduct Landsat 8 Scientific Programs

Feb 11, 2013 • [Source: Jon Campbell, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey] Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science Anne Castle, United States Geological Survey (USGS) Director Dr. Marcia McNutt and other Interior and NASA officials to launch […]

Feb 8, 2013Pre-Launch Press Conference Held

Feb 8, 2013 • A prelaunch news conference featuring NASA and USGS scientists was held on Feb. 8 at the Vandenberg AFB in California, where the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM, is scheduled for Feb 11. LDCM will extend global land observations critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, […]

Feb 8, 2013Excitement Builds for Landsat 8

Feb. 8, 2013 • As Monday’s launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission approaches, lots of news organizations are following the story. Here’s a sampling of recent articles: + Landsat 8 to the Rescue, Nature + Fate of Historic Landsat Mission Hinges on Upcoming Launch, Wired  + Monday Launch to Continue Landsat Legacy of Research, Spaceflight Now + Earth-Observing Satellite Set to Launch […]

Feb 8, 2013LDCM: A New Era in Earth Observation

Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center Feb. 8, 2013 • NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972. The mission will extend more than 40 years of global land observations that are critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental […]

Feb 7, 2013LDCM Launch Details

Feb. 7, 2013 • With the LDCM launch fast approaching there are a dizzying amount of details out there. Here we attempt to organize some of those launch information resources for you. About Launch The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) will be launched aboard an AtlasV-401 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base SLC-3E on Monday, Feb. […]

LDCM in Atlas V payload fairing
Jan 23, 2013Ready to Ride

Jan. 23, 2013 • Technicians encapsulate NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite in its payload fairing in the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Further Information: + LDCM Image Gallery  + Atlas rocket and Landsat joined together for launch, Spaceflight Now

Jan 10, 2013NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

Source: Steve Cole, NASA HQ; Rani Gran, NASA GSFC; Jon Campbell, USGS Jan. 10, 2013 • NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from […]

Dec 21, 2012USGS Landsat Project Update – Volume 6 Issue 5 2012 Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Dec. 21, 2012 • The latest Landsat Project Update is now available from USGS: Landsat Mission News Landsat 5 Decommission Plans LDCM arrives at Vandenberg AFB New Landsat Science Team Announced Landsat 7 Status Landsat Product Information Landsat 5 Multispectral Scanner Acquisitions Historical Metadata to be Removed New GLS Visualization Interface Released Landsat […]

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 California in preparation for launch. This NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission will continue a 40-year record of measuring change […]

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, where it is scheduled for launch on Feb. 11, 2013. The press conference provided technical and scientific […]

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 launch is targeted for Feb. 11 at 1:04 p.m. EST.

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

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 a fueled rocket is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Further Information: + NASA LDCM website + LDCM […]

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 in Gilbert, Ariz. During the test all of the air was removed from the large chamber, creating a vacuum, and […]

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 Gallery