Landsat 8 Media Kit

Landsat 8 -- Operational Land Imager

OLI

Operational Land Imager

The eighth Landsat mission is scheduled to launch on Feb. 11, 2013. The Landsat program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. For more than four decades, the Landsat mission has gathered multispectral imagery of the Earth from space. These continuous land surface observations have created an archive unmatched in quality, detail, coverage and length.

Ball Aerospace designed and built the Operational Land Imager (OLI) which represents a significant advancement in Landsat sensor technology by employing a more reliable design that improves performance. OLI’s 14-module detector array enables it to scan with a push-broom method rather than the older sweeping method. 

TIRS

Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS)

The OLI instrument provides 15-meter (49 ft.) panchromatic and 30-meter (98 ft.) multi-spectral spatial resolutions along a 185-kilometer (115 mi.)-wide swath, which allows the entire globe to be imaged every 16 days. OLI’s sensitivity ultimately provides improved land surface information with fewer moving parts.

In addition to OLI, Ball Aerospace has also provided the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) cryocooler for the eighth Landsat mission. The cryocooler will chill the TIRS instrument’s infrared photo detectors to a frigid 40 Kelvin. Radiometric performance has been substantially improved over previous Landsat sensors due to Ball Aerospace innovations in OLI and the TIRS instrument.

Charlie VanHouten

Prorgram Manager Profile

Charlie VanHouten is the Ball Aerospace program manager for the Operational Land Imager built for the 8th Landsat Mission. VanHouten says the most important thing to him as a program manager is collaboration – both within and outside the company.

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Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

K2/Kepler

Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

OMPS

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3