International Programs

Landsat International Cooperators

The DOI/USGS Landsat Program has concluded International agreements with eleven foreign governments to establish cooperative data-access and data-exchange arrangments with their respective ground receiving stations. 


The USGS provides a direct downlink to Landsat 5 and/or Landsat 7 data, and collects annual cost sharing (or campaign) fees. The USGS retains ownership of all raw Landsat data. The International Cooperator must maintain an archive for at least ten years, and must ensure that all Landsat data is available for sale and distributed on a public non-discriminatory basis. The IC also agrees to exchange data with the USGS for key government programs, and for quality assurance purposes. The IC is may set product prices, place copyrights, and restrict re-distribution.

USGS Mission Tie In:
By working collaboratively with other nations in downlinking Landsat imagery, the USGS continues to maintain a global archive of existing and future Landsat-type remote sensing data at the EROS Data Center. The IC`s maintain a much more extensive archive of Landsat imagery within their circles of coverage, and these scenes are available to the USGS under the Data Exchange policy. Further, the IC`s must give the USGS first right of refusal before purging Landsat data from their archives.

Argentina, Australia (2 stations), Brazil, Canada (2 stations), China, European Space Agency (4 stations), Indonesia, Japan (3 stations), Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

Argentina Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) 
Australian Center for Remote Sensing (ACRES) 
Brazil Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) 
Canada Center for Remote Sensing (CCRS)
China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station
European Space Agency (ESA)
Indonesia National Institute of Aeronautics and Space Remote Sensing Application Center (LAPAN)
Thailand Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) 
South Africa Satellite Applications Centre (SAC)