Author Topic: Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020  (Read 1485 times)

Online Chris Bergin

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/10/nasa-green-light-landsat-9s-development/

(Launch vehicle to be confirmed, but I think we can be pretty sure it's going to be Atlas V, but if not, we can move the thread).

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Re: Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020
« Reply #1 on: 10/26/2016 04:25 AM »
October 25, 2016
CONTRACT RELEASE C16-026
NASA Awards Contract for Sustainable Land Imaging Spacecraft


NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, known publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft.

This contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for the purchase of the Landsat 9 spacecraft in the amount of $129.9 million. Orbital will design and fabricate the spacecraft, integrate the missionís two government-furnished instruments, and conduct satellite-level testing, in-orbit satellite checkout, and mission operations support. The work will be performed at the contractorís facilities and at the launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The spacecraft will extend the Landsat programís record of land images to half a century. Landsat has provided accurate, 98-foot (30-meter) resolution, multi-spectral, global measurements of Earthís land cover since 1972, building a freely available archive of more than six million satellite images. With data from Landsat satellites, ecologists have tracked deforestation in South America, water managers have monitored irrigation of farmland in the American West, and researchers have watched the growth of cities worldwide.

Landsat 9 is a cornerstone of our nationís multi-satellite, multi-decadal, Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) program. SLI is a NASA-U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnership to develop, launch, and operate a spaceborne system that will provide researchers and other users with high-quality, global, continuous land-imaging measurements. These data are compatible with the 44-year Landsat record and will evolve through introduction of new sensor and system technologies.

NASA will build, launch, and perform the initial check-out and commissioning of the satellite. USGS will operate Landsat 9 and process, archive, and freely distribute the missionís data.

The Rapid III contract provides a rapid and flexible means to procure spacecraft in support of the scientific and technology development goals of NASA and other federal government agencies.

For information on NASA and agency programs, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov

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Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020
« Reply #2 on: 10/26/2016 06:28 AM »
Orbital ATK Continues Landsat Legacy with Contract for Landsat 9

 
Orbital ATK has been selected by NASA to build the next civilian land remote sensing satellite, Landsat 9. The satellite, which will be operated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), will allow the continuation of global terrestrial imaging by extending the Landsat series of satellites to more than five decades of operation. Orbital ATK was awarded the Landsat 9 contract based on a number of factors, including the success of the company-designed and built Landsat 8 satellite, which was launched in 2013. The company was also responsible for the successful Landsat 4 and Landsat 5 satellites launched in 1982 and 1984.

Landsat satellites provide useful imagery for those who work in fields such as agriculture, forestry, education, regional planning and global change research. For example, images from Landsat have shed light on the water crisis facing the western United States and the effects of climate change in Antarctica. Additionally, data from Landsat is crucial for emergency response and disaster relief.

Under the contract, Orbital ATK will design, manufacture and test the satellite in facilities in Gilbert, Arizona and will use the companyís LEOStar-3 platform, a medium-class low-Earth-orbit spacecraft successfully flown on Landsat 8 and NASAís Fermi and Swift Gamma-ray astrophysics observatories. The company will also support launch, early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory, which is scheduled for launch in December of 2020.

http://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/Landsat9/default.aspx?prid=180
« Last Edit: 10/26/2016 06:28 AM by Star One »

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Re: Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020
« Reply #3 on: 10/26/2016 07:03 AM »
Quote from: Chris Bergin
Orbital ATK was also responsible for the successful Landsat 4 and Landsat 5 satellites launched in 1982 and 1984.

Which of their predecessors? Orbital, Alliant, Thiokol, Honeywell?
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Re: Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020
« Reply #4 on: 10/26/2016 01:12 PM »
Quote from: Chris Bergin
Orbital ATK was also responsible for the successful Landsat 4 and Landsat 5 satellites launched in 1982 and 1984.

Which of their predecessors? Orbital, Alliant, Thiokol, Honeywell?

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Re: Atlas V - Landsat 9 - Vandenberg - December 2020
« Reply #5 on: 08/27/2017 04:46 PM »
Please correct me if I am wrong, but cant SpaceX compete for this launch, if they are condidered as likely to obtain required certification before planned launch date? AFAIK, launch contract has not been awarded yet.

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