Hobet Coal Mine
Sep 17, 2018Upcoming ARSET Webinar: Change Detection for Land Cover Mapping

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) group will be hosting a two-day data training webinar.

ACIX project diagram
Jun 6, 2018Putting Heads Together to Improve Atmospheric Corrections for Medium-Resolution Satellite Data

An international group is working together to find the best atmospheric correction techniques for Landsat 8 and the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite series.

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.

banding on a TIRS (Band 10) image
Oct 31, 2017Landsat 8 Thermal Data Ghost-Free After Stray Light Exorcism

Montanaro and Gerace’s stray light “exorcism” has now placed the Landsat 8 thermal bands in-line with the accuracy of the previous (ghost-free) Landsat thermal instruments.

People & Projects Shaping the Future of Land Imaging: <br />Introducing S.J. Ben Yoo
May 22, 2017People & Projects Shaping the Future of Land Imaging:
Introducing S.J. Ben Yoo

To learn how current investments could impact the future of Landsat we are conducting a series of interviews with ESTO-funded researchers working on technology for the Landsat 10 era and beyond.

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.

fisheye view of field team
Aug 24, 2016Linking Field and Space-Based Observations

A key component of the research is our ability to connect what we see on the ground with what we see from the sky via satellite imagery.

Lachlan Hurst
Aug 23, 2016ObservedEarth: A Talk with its Creator

Thanks to a software developer in Australia you can now easily browse through Landsat 8 images on your smartphone.

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.

drawing of Restore-L and Landsat 7
Jun 23, 2016Restore-L Mission to Demonstrate Technology by Refueling Landsat 7

NASA moved forward with plans to execute the ambitious Restore-L mission, an endeavor to launch a robotic spacecraft in 2020 to refuel a live satellite. The current candidate client for this venture is USGS-operated Landsat 7.

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.

TIRS telescope
Apr 12, 2016USGS TIRS Update

Toward the end of April, reprocessing efforts will begin for Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS scenes acquired from January 1 to March 31, along with data acquired during April, to create nominal Level-1 products containing valid TIRS data. 

Latest USGS Landsat Update
Mar 25, 2016Latest USGS Landsat Update

The latest Landsat Update (Volume 10 Issue 2 2016) is now available from USGS.

TIRS diagram
Feb 12, 2016Landsat 8 TIRS Updates from USGS

As of Feb. 12, 2016, many of the Landsat 8 scenes acquired from October to December 2015 have been reprocessed into nominal Level-1 products containing valid TIRS data and are available for download, and can also be submitted for higher-level Surface Reflectance data processing via the ESPA On-demand interface.

TIRS diagram
Jan 13, 2016Landsat 8 Thermal Data Update

Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) data continue to be collected with the scene select mirror encoder electronics disabled (mode 0). While in this mode, the TIRS line of sight model (LOS) will be regularly updated and modifications are being made to automate revisions to the LOS in the Level-1 Product Generation System (LPGS).

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.

graphic from the L8 data users handbook
Jun 25, 2015Landsat 8 Data Users Handbook Now Available

Landsat 8 data users will be glad to hear that the new Landsat 8 Data Users Handbook is now available online in PDF format from USGS.

fall foliage from Landsat 8
Jun 2, 2015Technical Announcement: USGS Ups Ease of Use for Landsat Data

The USGS has begun production of higher-level (more highly processed) Landsat data products to help advance land surface change studies. One such product is Landsat surface reflectance data.

Earth data
Mar 26, 2015More Ways to Get Landsat Data

Last Thursday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it is now hosting Landsat 8 imagery on its publicly accessible Simple Storage Service (S3).

Mar 6, 2015TIRS Resumes Nominal Operations

The Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) resumed normal imaging operations.