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Landsat 8

Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)


Designation 39084 / 13008A
Launch date 11 Feb 2013
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 685 km sun synchronous
Inclination 98.2°
Period 98 min
Launch vehicle Atlas 5

Operated jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Launch initially planned in 2011.

Launch worth $124 million. Satellite (not including government-provided instruments) worth $116.3 million

Will not have the high resolution IR sensor.

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Technical data


Prime contractor GD AIS
Platform Leostar 3 (was Spectrum Astro SA-200HP)
Mass at launch 2787 kg
Dry mass 2392 kg
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime  

Carries the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS): it uses Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIPs) to detect long wavelengths of light emitted by the Earth with an intensity depending on surface temperature.

The other main instrument is the Operational Land Imager (OLI): Provides 15 m panchromatic and 30 m multispectral resolution with a 185 km swath width.

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