When will the Landsat 9 satellite be launched?

Landsat 9—a partnership between the USGS and NASA—has a launch readiness date of December 2020.

Landsat 9 will be launched from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and will be delivered into orbit by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle.

Learn more: Landsat 9 Mission

Landsat Missions Timeline

Since 1972, Landsat satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, providing data that serve as valuable resources for land use/land change research. 

(Public domain.)

 

Related Content

Filter Total Items: 7

How do I search for and download Landsat data?

Landsat data products held in the USGS archives can be searched and downloaded at no charge from a variety of sources. Visit the Landsat Data Access web page for information about how Landsat data products can be downloaded individually or in bulk. Landsat imagery not found in the USGS archive might have been collected by one of the USGS...

What are the acquisition schedules for the Landsat satellites?

The Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of 705 kilometers (438 miles) in a 185-kilometer (115-mile) swath, moving from north to south over the sunlit side of the Earth in a sun synchronous orbit, following the World Reference System (WRS-2) . Each satellite makes a complete orbit every 99 minutes, completes about 14...

What sensors will the Landsat 9 satellite carry?

Landsat 9 will carry the same instruments that are on the Landsat 8 satellite but with some improvements: Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) for reflective band data. Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) for the thermal infrared bands. OLI-2 will have a slightly improved signal-to-noise ratio over Landsat 8's OLI. Landsat 9’s TIRS-2 is a Class-B...

Can Landsat satellite acquisition requests be made for a specific date and location?

Data acquisition requests are not available to the public. The Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 satellites each acquire data on a continual basis in accordance with their respective Long Term Acquisitions Plans. The Landsat Acquisitions page has calendars and information about daily schedules. Learn more: Landsat 8 Long Term Acquisitions Plan Landsat 7...

What is the Landsat satellite program and why is it important?

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. On July 23, 1972, in cooperation with NASA, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-1) was launched. It was later renamed Landsat 1. Additional Landsat satellites followed in the 1970s and 1980s. Landsat 7 was...

Are there any restrictions on the use or redistribution of Landsat data?

There are no restrictions on Landsat data downloaded from the USGS; it can be used or redistributed as desired. We do request that you include a statement of the data source when citing, copying, or reprinting USGS Landsat data or images. Details are on the EROS Data Citation page. Learn more: USGS Copyrights and Credits statement

After a Landsat scene is collected, when will it become available for search and download?

Landsat scenes directly downlinked to the USGS EROS Landsat Ground Station become available through EarthExplorer within 6 hours after acquisition, and then become visible in GloVis and the LandsatLook Viewe r within 24 hours. Scenes downlinked to other USGS Ground Stations can be available within 1 to 2 weeks. Scenes downlinked to International...
Filter Total Items: 3
Date published: February 15, 2019

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs) this week as they successfully simulated the communication of command and telemetry data between the Ground Network Element (GNE) at EROS and the Landsat Multi-Satellite...

Date published: August 20, 2018

Landsat 9 Ground System Moves from Design to Development and Beyond

The design work is done. The development, off and running. With a Dec. 15, 2020, launch date penciled in for Landsat 9, the business of building the L9 Ground System is ready to springboard off a final Ground System Critical Design Review being hosted by the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center at the end of September.

Date published: April 12, 2018

Landsat 9 Ground System Development Not Simply a Repeat of Landsat 8

It might seem at first blush that developing and building a ground system for the upcoming Landsat 9 mission would be less complicated than past missions, particularly since L9 is often characterized as a repeat of Landsat 8.

Filter Total Items: 7
Landsat Missions Timeline
June 6, 2018

Landsat Missions Timeline

Since 1972, Landsat satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, providing data that serve as valuable resources for land use/land change research. 

May 24, 2018

Landsat in Action - Infrastructure of Landsat Data with Matt Hansen

Matt Hansen talks about the value of Landsat data as an infrastructure for research and innovation.
 

March 23, 2018

Landsat in Action - The Importance of Landsat with Curtis Woodcock

Boston University Professor Curtis Woodcock talks about the significance Landsat was had in science and what he hopes to see as the mission continues.
 

October 18, 2017

Landsat In Action - Monitoring Polar Ice Caps with Ted Scambos

Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, talks about the roll of Landsat in his research studying polar regions.
 

Rendering of Landsat 9

Rendering of Landsat 9

A Rendering of the Landsat 9 spacecraft.

Landsat Ground Control Points 2014 Update

Landsat Ground Control Points 2014 Update

Landsat Ground Control Points Map - 2014 Update 

Visit the Ground Control Points web page for more information. 

 

 

A timeline of the Landsat 9 mission development and lifecycle.

A timeline of the Landsat 9 mission development and lifecycle.

A timeline of the Landsat 9 mission development and lifecycle.