Ball Aerospace Sensor Aboard 8th Landsat Satellite Snaps First Images

    Ball Aerospace Sensor Aboard 8th Landsat Satellite Snaps First Images

PR Newswire

BOULDER, Colo., March 21, 2013

BOULDER, Colo., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp. Operational Land Imager (OLI) aboard the Landsat Data
Continuity Mission (LDCM) has completed initial checkout and along with the
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center built Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) snapped
the mission's first multispectral images.


Link to the satellite's first images taken on March 18, 2013 of the
intersection of the U.S. Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky
Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado.

The stunning images follow the launch of the LDCM spacecraft on February 11,
2013 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Ball Aerospace built the
sophisticated OLI instrument and also provided the cryocooler for TIRS, which
was built by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The two sensors will
coincidently collect multispectral digital images of the global land surface
including coastal regions, polar ice, islands, and the continental areas.

"Release of the first image from LDCM is a great step toward ensuring these
improved instruments provide the nation with the most up-to-date understanding
of changes taking place across the planet," said Robert D. Strain, Ball
Aerospace chief operating officer and incoming president.

For the past 40 years, the Landsat series, managed by NASA and the U.S.
Geological Survey, has provided vital management information on the use of
land resources, such as food, water and forests. For example, data from
Landsat helped forest managers determine best response methods and resource
allocation for the mountain pine beetle infestation in the Rocky Mountain
region. Triggered by an extended drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s,
Landsat allowed forest managers to study changes in the ecosystem and identify
areas where dead trees should be removed from recreation and camping areas to
prevent wildfires.

Improvements expected from the newest LDCM include increased radiometric
sensitivity and additional spectral bands. LDCM will observe a total of 11
spectral bands, compared with eight bands on Landsat 7. Also, LDCM is expected
to return 400 images per day, compared to 250 images per day from Landsat 7.

"We are very proud that the advanced remote sensing technologies we've
provided for the LDCM will nearly double data collected and returned to the
U.S. Landsat archive," said Strain.

Instruments on earlier Landsat satellites employed scan mirrors to sweep the
instrument fields of view across the surface swath width and transmit light to
a few detectors. Ball's OLI instrument instead uses long detector arrays, with
over 7,000 detectors per spectral band, aligned across its focal plane to view
across the swath. This "push-broom" design results in a more sensitive
instrument providing improved land surface information.

Described as "the best Landsat ever launched" by LDCM project scientist Jim
Irons, the data will significantly expand Landsat's 40-year archive, the only
system of its type with a mission to collect, archive and distribute data of
all the Earth's land surface for use by scientific, commercial and
governmental agencies to understand the impact of global land changes.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national
agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S.
government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures
spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation
systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
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and its subsidiaries employ nearly 15,000 people worldwide and reported 2011
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