10 October 2006: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has announced the selection of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Science Team. These scientists and engineers will advise the USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the LDCM. Expected to launch soon after 2010, the LDCM is designed to supply Landsat-like data from the next generation of Earth observing satellites.
The LDCM Science Team will recommend strategies for the effective use of archived data from Landsat sensors and investigate the requirements for future sensors to meet the needs of Landsat users, including the needs of policy makers at all levels of government. The team will cooperate with other Earth observing missions, both nationally and internationally.
The LDCM Science Team combines USGS leadership, USGS and NASA scientists, and a group of external scientists and satellite data applications specialists. The first meeting of the team will be held in November 2006. The members will serve in their advisory capacity through the development and launch of the [next Landsat -type] satellite and through the first year of data collection.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is future of Landsat satellites. The Landsat Program provides repetitive acquisition of high-resolution multispectral data of the Earth’s surface on a global basis. The data from the Landsat spacecraft constitute the longest record of the Earth’s continental surfaces as seen from space.