What role will U.S. industry play in future Landsat missions?
The U.S. aerospace industry would build the flight, launch, and ground segments as they have always done. In addition, other U.S. companies will continue using Landsat data to build value-added products to sell in various markets. U.S. industry relies on the USGS to provide an authoritative data product that they then use to build new, value-added products for sale to customers all over the world. Some applications are as simple as land management advisories but others, such as land change detection surveys, are far more sophisticated.