An Atlas V launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California yesterday carrying Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) to orbit. The purpose of this mission is to build upon the Landsat system by obtaining high quality and quantity data and imagery for use in agriculture, business and science. The Operational Land Imager on board will collect data to measure water quality and assist in detecting high, thin clouds. The Thermal Infrared Sensor will give water resource managers data about things like water consumption. While NASA is responsible for early operations of the satellite, control will be handed over to the U.S. Geological Survey for day-to-day operations.
The NORAD catalog (or SSC) number for this mission is 39084 and will be available in the STK satellite database shortly. Stay up-to-date on the latest launches by subscribing to AGI's Launch Notifications