Another addition to the Landsat Program by NASA and the USGS
Landsat 9 is set for launch on September 27th 2021 – U.S (2pm EDT) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California on an Atlas V 401 launch vehicle. For Australia this will be 4am (AEST) on Tuesday 28th September 2021.
The latest addition to the Landsat Program, Landsat 9 will join the other Landsat Earth observation satellites currently in orbit. The Landsat Program by NASA and the USGS is the longest running space derived record of Earth to date.
Since 1972 this program has been a cornerstone in land imaging across the globe. There are currently 8 satellites (however Landsat 6 did not make orbit), where Landsat 9 will continue adding value to the program over the next decade with updated sensors onboard the satellite. Resolutions are moderate and will capture at 15m, 30m and 100m.
With nearly 50 years of historical data, the program has been capturing everything from natural to human derived changes over the years. The ability to go back this far in archive data makes the Landsat Program extremely valuable for evaluating changes across large areas of the globe through a vast timeframe.
Where to watch the launch?
If you are interested in watching the launch, we recommend registering for this event right here. You can access the online participation of the launch anywhere in the world. Any changes or updates to the launch schedule are communicated through this registration with additional information on mission activities and resources. Registration is also free.
Key areas Landsat 9 will continue to support:
Urban expansion and visualizing humankinds’ convergence across the globe.
Disasters either natural or manmade – used to develop systems to save lives and the environment.
Ice shelf and glacier retreats.
Monitoring of Earths coral reefs and their degradation.
Global water usage.
Decades of climate change on Earth’s surface and biology.
Global forest dynamics and deforestation to evaluate carbon storage, resource availabilities and environmental protection efforts.