Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Landsat Data Continuity Mission
New satellite series to provide continuity to the Landsat programme following Landsat-7.
USA programme: NASA responsible of the development of the space segment, USGS responsible of mission requirements definition, development of the ground segment and full system operation.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time of the satellites is 7 years (5 years for the prototype).
The satellites exploit the Landsat orbit, sunsynchronous around 10:00.
The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Selected images stored onboard and downlinked to stations in Fairbanks and Svalbard.
Real-time downlink to a network of appointed acquisition stations in X-band.
All data concentrated to the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center (EDC) of the USGS for processing and distribution.
2013 - 2027
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Landsat Data Continuity Mission
(2013 - 2018)
(2020 - 2027)