Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.'s Innovation Continues On Landsat Flight Operations

 Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.'s Innovation Continues On Landsat Flight

Honeywell management processes have extended the Landsat 5 mission life by 26
years; new contract will allow HTSI to extend service to Landsat 7 program

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Feb. 19, 2013

PHOENIX, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that
after Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.'s (HTSI) successful management of
the Landsat program for the past 12 years, the organization was awarded a new
six-year contract for the continued flight operations for Landsat 7.


Honeywell's new mission and data management processes anticipate and rectify
anomalies and have saved the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the managing
organization of the Landsat satellites, $9 million over the past 12 years. In
addition, HTSI has successfully extended the Landsat 5's original three-year
mission to 29 years and kept the Landsat 7 operationally viable.

Beyond its data management processes, HTSI also deployed its innovative
"Lights Out" automated operations capability that reduced Landsat 7 operations
staffing from 24 hours a day to just 10 hours a day, contributing to the
overall cost savings for the USGS.

Contract Details

Under the new six-year contract HTSI will continue to manage both the Landsat
5 and Landsat 7 satellite programs while adding new tasks such as these:

  oOn-orbit flight operations and technical services for the Landsat 5 and
    Landsat 7 satellites
  oSustaining engineering for each spacecraft, helping to keep the spacecraft
    operationally longer
  oSustaining engineering for the Landsat mission control centers, helping
    manage their critical ground support and management functions

HTSI will also assist the USGS with the safe decommissioning of Landsat 5 by
lowering it from its orbiting altitude of 705 kilometers and mitigating risk
to nearby U.S. and international Earth-observing satellites. HTSI's flight
operations team has already completed Phase 1 of the decommissioning by
successfully lowering Landsat 5's orbit by 20 kilometers in two delta velocity

HTSI's History With Landsat

Landsat 5, now in space for more than 29 years, has been kept operationally
viable by HTSI's engineers and operations specialists for 26 years longer than
the satellite's original mission plan. The organization did this through these

  oImplementing the Landsat Trending and Analysis System (LTAS), which
    provided engineers with immediate access to the mission's telemetry
    information so they could assess spacecraft performance and identify and
    resolve anomalies
  oKeeping Landsat 5 in orbit while the satellite experienced an issue with a
    solar array
  oIn 2008, the satellite's wideband transmitter began showing signs of
    imminent failure, but HTSI was able to extend its operations for more than
    18 months.
  oRestarting the secondary Multi-Spectral Scanner sensor, so it could
    provide downlink access for the spacecraft's primary image data from its
    Thematic Mapper sensor

Collectively, these and many other HTSI actions have extended the Landsat
mission long past its life expectancy, benefitting the USGS and the worldwide
Landsat user community.

Landsat Background Information

Since its launch on March 1, 1984, Landsat 5 has provided more than 600,000
individual images, recording clear-cutting and recovery conditions of rain
forests, near- and long-term effects of the Chernobyl explosion,
before-and-after records of Hurricane Katrina's impact, as well as more subtle
natural and human-induced changes to the global land surface. In addition to
these emergency and management applications of Landsat imagery, millions of
people each day use Web-based mapping products supported by this and other
imagery data to get where they want to go.

Supporting Quote

  oCarey Smith, President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI)
    "HTSI has worked with the USGS for numerous years to help Landsat 5 and
    Landsat 7 stay in orbit longer than expected. We've provide countless
    innovative programs and services that helped the satellites perform their
    jobs, and we'll continue working on making these and future satellites as
    efficient as possible."

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