Supporting the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center's Landsat program

Client:

U.S Department of Interior

Location:

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

Project Details

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is responsible for the study of land change and production of land change products used by researchers, resource managers, and policy makers around the world. EROS operates the Landsat satellite program with NASA, and maintains the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface in existence. The data serves multiple user communities including first responders, wildfire, intelligence, agriculture, academia, and research.

The contracted company employees supported the acquisition, archival, processing, and creation and distribution of the science products. Their major activities included operations and maintenance of the Landsat 1 – 8 satellite ground system, system engineering, and software development of the new Landsat 9, and future missions. The scope of their work involved analyzing Earth observation needs toward future satellite missions and providing all technical operations for the National Archive for Land Data.

Project Highlights

  • Provides world-class sensor calibration and validation capabilities and won NASA’s Robert H. Goddard Award for exceptional achievement for Landsat 8 support.

  • Completed detailed design of Landsat 9 (L9) Ground System in support of launch.

  • Designed, developed, processed and distributed 40 year Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) product for Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) big data initiative.

  • Designed and implemented DOI’s first Trusted Internet Connection (TIC), first USGS IPv6 compliant site, and first DOI Mesh Network (SDN) implementation.

  • Developed and maintain the geospatial model for the DOI interagency LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) Program selected for the Department’s Environmental Dream Team award.

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