Landsat 9 was successfully launched on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Landsat 9 data is publicly available from USGS.
Landsat 9—a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey— continues the Landsat program’s critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life.
Today’s increased rates of global land cover and land use change have profound consequences for weather and climate change, ecosystem function and services, carbon cycling and sequestration, resource management, the national and global economy, human health, and society.
Landsat is the only U.S. satellite system designed and operated to repeatedly observe the global land surface at a moderate scale that shows both natural and human-induced change.
+ Landsat 9: Empowering open science and applications through continuity (Masek et al., 2020)
- Science Instruments: OLI-2; TIRS-2
- OLI-2 build: Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp.
- TIRS-2 build: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Design Life: 5 years
- Spacecraft Provider:Northrop Grumman Innovative Systems (NGIS)
- Image Data: > 700 scenes per day
- Launch Date: Sept. 27, 2021
- Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401
- Orbit: near-polar, sun-synchronous at an altitude of 438 miles (705 km)
- Orbital Inclination: 98.2˚
- Spacecraft Speed: 16,760 mi/hr (26,972 km/hr),
- Consumables: 10 years