The Resource Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission, Carl E. Behrens

Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission, Carl E. Behrens

Label
Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission
Title
Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission
Statement of responsibility
Carl E. Behrens
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The U.S. Landsat Mission has collected remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's surface for more than 35 years. At present two satellites -- Landsat-5, launched in 1984, and Landsat-7, launched in 1999 -- are in orbit and continuing to supply images and data for the many users of the information, but they are operating beyond their designed life and may fail at any time. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly operate Landsat. The two agencies are developing a follow-on initiative known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The LDCM spacecraft (LDCM-1), with its instrument payload, is currently planned for launch in December 2012. Landsat has been used in a wide variety of applications, including climate research, natural resources management, commercial and municipal land development, public safety, homeland security and natural disaster management. Despite its wide use, efforts in the past to commercialize Landsat operations have not been successful. Most of the users of the data are other government agencies. For that reason, funding a replacement for the failing Landsat orbiters has been a federal responsibility. A number of factors have made it difficult for Congress to assure that the project successfully meets the goal of bridging the impending Landsat data gap. Of particular concern has been the possibility that the new satellite may not include the capability of receiving data in the thermal infrared spectrum, a capability that is now in Landsat 5 and 7 and which some users have found particularly useful. NASA has indicated that a Thermal Infrared Sensing Instrument (TIRS) may be included in LDCM-1, but funding for it has been uncertain and progress on the instrument has been delayed. However, for FY2009, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 1105, P.L. 111-8) included $10 million specifically for TIRS, and NASA announced in its FY2010 budget request that TIRS would be developed "to be flown on LDCM or (potentially) some other spacecraft."
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SNM
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Behrens, Carl E
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Library of Congress
Series statement
CRS report for Congress
Series volume
R40594
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  • Landsat satellites
  • Scientific satellites
  • Artificial satellites in remote sensing
  • Remote sensing
  • Artificial satellites in remote sensing
  • Remote sensing
  • United States
Label
Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission, Carl E. Behrens
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Publication
Note
  • "May 22, 2009."
  • Title from title screen (viewed July 16, 2009)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Continuing Landsat -- Bridging the Landsat data gap -- International alternative sources -- The Landsat Data Continuity Mission -- NASA and LDCM -- USGS and LDCM -- The future of Landsat
Extent
7 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426039115
  • (OCoLC)ocn426039115
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Label
Landsat and the Data Continuity Mission, Carl E. Behrens
Publication
Note
  • "May 22, 2009."
  • Title from title screen (viewed July 16, 2009)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Continuing Landsat -- Bridging the Landsat data gap -- International alternative sources -- The Landsat Data Continuity Mission -- NASA and LDCM -- USGS and LDCM -- The future of Landsat
Extent
7 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426039115
  • (OCoLC)ocn426039115
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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