A side-by-side comparison of Landsat's view of the Mississippi River during last week's historic flooding and a previous image captured during drier times reveals the stunning extent and reach of the flooding.
03.08.12 - Both Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) instruments have been mounted to the spacecraft at Orbital Science Corp. in Gilbert Arizona.
A new NASA satellite instrument that makes a quantum leap forward in detector technology has arrived at Orbital Sciences Corp. in Gilbert, Ariz.
01.19.12 - LDCM's thermal instrument (TIRS) completed the last of its functional testing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center yesterday.
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Experts in mapping and monitoring our planet will describe present conditions and outline the future of many of Earth's natural resources.
The Thermal Infrared Sensor that will fly on the next Landsat satellite completed its first round of thermal vacuum testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
11.9.11 - The NASA Agency Program Management Council unanimously approved the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) to proceed to into Phase D following a Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D) review at NASA Headquarters on November 8, 2011.
10.18.11 - Engineers at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, AZ mechanically integrated the Operational Land Imager (OLI) onto the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft.
08.09.11 - The Operational Land Imager (OLI), built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo., has been approved by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for shipment to Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, Ariz. for integration onto the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft.
08.08.11 - The Operational Land Imager (OLI) is checked over by engineers at the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. OLI was built by Ball for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a joint program between NASA and the USGS. Footage supplied by Ball Aerospace.
07.08.11 - OLI improves on past Landsat sensors using a technical approach demonstrated by a sensor flown on NASA's experimental EO-1 satellite.
07.01.11 - The Calibration Subsystem for the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on LDCM uses both the sun and the absence of light to establish the light and dark end points, respectively, of a scale used to interpret the collected reflectance data.
06.27.11 - Jeff Pedelty, a research scientist representing NASA during the LDCM Operational Land Imager (OLI) build has been selected for NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal.
06.20.11 - The Cryocooler is like a big refrigerator, except that it cools to cryogenic temperatures (below −150°C, −238°F or 123K).
06.20.11 - The OLI telescope uses a four-mirror compact design. The optics are positioned inside a lightweight, yet highly stable, carbon composite optical bench.
06.14.11 - The Scene Select Mechanism is an apparatus that rotates the LDCM Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) mirror among three scenes: the Earth view (“nadir;” when imaging the Earth), and two calibration views (one of a warm blackbody carried onboard and the other of a deep-space cold view).
06.07.11 - This year's Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#20) meeting was held in Sioux Falls, SD, USA, May 23-27, 2011. Participants from 17 countries, including members of the USGS and NASA Landsat and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Projects, represented 23 U.S. and international ground stations and discussed a wide range of technical topics.
06.06.11 - The USGS released a presolicitation for the Landsat Science Team recompete on the Federal Business Opportunities website June 6th.
03.15.11 - A recent Space News article elaborates on NASA’s motivation to launch the next Landsat satellite—the Landsat Data Continuity Mission—by December 2012.
03.03.11 - A semi-annual meeting of the Landsat Science Team was held in Phoenix, Arizona from March 1–3. The meeting focused on the LDCM mission status.