Salazar on Landsat Future

March 29, 2011 at 10:54 am | Posted in Remote Sensing Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Source – EARSC:

The Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced plans to make the Department of the Interior the permanent manager of the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites.

“Bringing the Landsat satellite mission under USGS is not only the best scientific and fiscal plan for the country,” said Secretary Salazar, “but also will bring stability to the high tech employers that hire and build these systems right here in the United States. Landsat drives innovation and job-creation at many levels of our economy, from the satellite manufacturers that build the technologies to the water managers, farmers, and resource managers across the West and around the world who rely on its data for smart and efficient operations.”

Secretary Salazar announced the plans after touring Ball Aerospace, the maker of a key instrument on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) which is the next, and final, satellite in the Landsat series, if future plans are not adopted. . . . [Full Story]

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