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KBR Continues to Support Landsat

December 23, 2022

KBR Continues to Support Landsat

KBR is tasked with supporting the Landsat Program—the very satellites used to help agencies with monitoring climate change, mapmaking, and rescue efforts.

These tools are not simply used for crises, but often for necessities like tracking crops and modern-day conveniences, such as Google Maps. The Landsat Program is a series of missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). NASA builds and launches Landsat satellites and then turns them over to the USGS to operate. KBR supports this critical program through various contracts with both government organizations in four main ways: flight control, engineering, calibration/validation efforts, and data management. KBR and its team of experts have played integral roles in the Landsat Program for more than 20 years since the launch of Landsat 7 in 1999. Landsat 7 is currently the oldest satellite of the program still in operation. Since its 1999 launch, the KBR Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center and Flight Operations team has been flying Landsat 7 from mission control out of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. KBR also supports contracts such as NASA’s Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering Services (OMES) II at GSFC, which supplied hardware and test support to the TIRS-1 thermal sensor on Landsat 8, launched in 2013, and the TIRS-2 thermal sensor on Landsat 9, launched eight years later in 2021.
   —Please visit https://www.kbr.com/en/insights-news/stories/celebrating-50-years-landsat for the complete press release.