A joint NASA-USGS Architecture Study Team tasked with imagining the future of Landsat will hold its first meeting at the USGS EROS Center this week.
The team aims to understand what the capabilities of future Landsat missions should be, they will learn about relevant government policies, technologies that will be available, as well as commercial and international capabilities. The team will also hear of user’s expectations for temporal frequency, spatial resolution, spectral band combinations and more. In addition to user’s needs, the team will focus on the timeframe, risks, and costs for building a Landsat 10 spacecraft.
Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.
The Landsat Update is an informal communication tool, prepared periodically and distributed electronically to USGS Landsat partners, to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.