At approximately 5:25 am CST (11:25 UTC) Thursday, December 21, 2017, Landsat 8 operations will be suspended for a short period of time during an orbit correction maneuver. No data will be acquired during this maneuver. Normal operations are expected to resume by 9:25 am CST (15:25 UTC) on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
The Landsat Flight Operations Team are performing this maneuver to arrest Landsat 8's westward drift across its WRS-2 ground track. The enhanced westward drift is a result of an emergency Risk Mitigation Maneuver (RMM) that was performed on Saturday, 9 December 2017, to avoid object Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Debris (#29068).
We apologize for any inconvenience this event may cause. Please contact us with any questions you may have.