Operators of Landsat ground stations from around the world will discuss the acquisition of satellite data from the US owned and operated Landsat series of satellites when they meet in Canberra from 4-8 February. Hosted by ACRES, it will be the first time the group has met in Australia.
The status of the Landsat mission will be amongst the topics discussed at the 11th meeting of the Landsat Technical Working Group. Operators from nine countries will report on activities at their ground stations: Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Spain and Sweden.
NASA has announced that Landsat 7 will be succeeded in 2006 by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). LDCM is an effort by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to fulfill US policy obligations and ensure the continuity of multispectral data that the Landsat program has been providing for a quarter of a century.
ACRES holds a valuable national resource with more than 20 years of Landsat data covering the Australian continent in its archive.