Landsat-8 was launched on 11 February 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on an Atlas-V rocket. The satellite is part of the long-running Landsat programme led by USGS and NASA and carries the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS).
Landsat-8 is part of ESA's Third Party Missions Programme, in which ESA has an agreement to distribute data products from the mission.
|Operators||NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USGS (United States Geological Survey)|
|Launch Dates||11 February 2013|
|Orbit Height||705 km|
|Orbit Type||Sun-synchronous near-polar|
|Orbit Period||99 minutes|
|Repeat Cycle||16 days|
|Equatorial Crossing Time||10:00 a.m. +/- 15 minutes|
|Onboard sensors provided under TPM||Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS)|
Landsat-8 consists of three key mission and science objectives:
- collect and archive medium resolution multispectral image data affording seasonal coverage of the global land mass
- ensure that Landsat-8 data are sufficiently consistent with data from the earlier Landsat missions in terms of acquisition geometry, calibration, coverage characteristics, spectral characteristics, output product quality, and data availability
- ensure products are available to download within three hours