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NASA Launches Next Generation Landsat Spacecraft

NASA_LandsatLandsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched on February 11, 2013 from Vandenberg AFB, California. This is the latest mission in the 40 year Landsat program. Upon commissioning, the operation will be turned over to the US Geological Service which distributes Landsat data gathered by the satellite.  Materion Barr Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings provided filters for the ETM+ sensors in both the Landsat 6, which was lost in a launch failure, and for Landsat 7.  An LDCM precursor instrument (Advanced Land Imager) equipped with Materion array filters was flown on the EO-1 satellite in November 2000.

(Photo Credit: Orbital Sciences Corporation)

For the upcoming LDCM, Materion provided twenty sets of 9-band filter arrays each for an Engineering Model, Flight Model and Flight Spare.  This is the first Landsat mission to carry Materion’s pioneering filter array technology with the filters manufactured and tested by the Westford Array Group.  A second thermal imaging instrument – TIRS – also carries Materion filters made in Tyngsboro.  LDCM will image the Earth in 11 spectral bands – all defined by Materion filters - and will provide data to support a wide range of end uses including forest fire assessment, crop stress detection, flooding and disaster assessment.

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