A Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. land imaging instrument launched into space Monday for a NASA–U.S. Geological Survey satellite program to observe spectral data in infrared bands.
United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, launched the eighth Landsat Data Continuity Mission on an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Ball Aerospace said Monday.
Ball Aerospace’s instrument is intended to provide NASA and the USGS coverage of each season by imaging the globe every 16 days.
Landsat now has eight satellites in the program and the first lifted off in July 1972 to observe Earth from 400 miles away.
David Taylor, the retiring Ball Aerospace president and CEO, said the company is aiming to help NASA and the USGS continue the Landsat program into its fifth decade.
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The company designed the instrument to perform 49-foot panchromatic and 98-foot multi-spectral spatial resolutions along a 115-mile-wide space over 16 days.