How much does Landsat cost?

Encouraged more data use and research At the time, a single Landsat image cost approximately US$600.

Is Landsat still operational?

With Landsat 5 retiring in early 2013, leaving Landsat 7 as the only on-orbit Landsat program satellite, Landsat 8 ensures the continued acquisition and availability of Landsat data utilizing a two-sensor payload, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS).

Who is the owner of Landsat?

The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. On July 23, 1972, in cooperation with NASA, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS-1) was launched.

Is Landsat free?

All Landsat data are available from USGS for free.

Why is Landsat free?

The United States (U.S.) federal government provides imagery obtained by federally funded Earth Observation satellites typically at no cost. For many years Landsat was an exception to this trend, until 2008 when the United States Geological Survey (USGS) made Landsat data accessible via the internet for free.

Why did Landsat 6 fail?

On October 5, 1993 the EOSAT-owned Landsat 6 failed at launch after not reaching the velocity necessary to obtain orbit. The satellite did not achieve orbit because of a ruptured hydrazine manifold.

Is Landsat 8 free?

Every day, staff receive and process approximately 450 new Landsat 8 scenes. These scenes are available for download at no cost within 24 hours of acquisition. The current archive of Landsat scenes now contains more than four million scenes.

What does Landsat stand for?


Acronym Definition
LANDSAT Land Remote-Sensing Satellite (System)
LANDSAT Land-Use Satellite

How do I get Landsat imagery?

The USGS Global Visualization Viewer GLOVIS site at: has Landsat data, as well as ASTER and some MODIS satellite images. Select the appropriate image collection e.g. Landsat Archive | Landsat 4 – 5 TM and then navigate to the region you are interested in.

Is Landsat open source?

In 2008, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) stopped charging for Landsat data and made products from its suite of earth observation satellites free and open.

How Landsat images are made?

Landsat scenes are made up of these 30-meter squares, or pixels. The pathway of light used by Landsat: from Sun to ground, then reflected to Landsat, then transmitted to relay stations and sent to computers for analysis. Landsat 7 observes the Earth in 7 ranges (or bands) of the electromagnetic spectrum.