The smart Landsat project

John Bolton, W.H. Bakker

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This paper presents a conceptual system design by which the requirements of the Landsat mission, or Sentinel-2, or potential commercial missions may be accomplished and extended. For simplicity, I will just refer to Landsat or Smart Landsat (SL). These new methods enable the Landsat system to significantly increase the quality of the information acquired while meeting all of the requirements of the Landsat Mission. The key difference between the old and new Landsat system designs is in the data acquisition strategy. The traditional Landsat acquires images of all the Earth's surface it passes over. This means that the vast majority of the data is redundant as most of the surface had not changed since the previous data acquisition. The Smart Landsat (SL) employs active data acquisition rather than passive. This means that it only acquires data from areas that are changing. In other words, it acquires Information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXIII
EditorsSteven P. Neeck, Philippe Martimort, Toshiyoshi Kimura
Place of PublicationStrasbourg
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510630055
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019
EventXXIII Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites 2019 - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 9 Sept 201912 Sept 2019
Conference number: 23

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceXXIII Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites 2019


  • Disaster monitoring
  • Earth remote sensing
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Information acquisition
  • Landsat
  • List
  • Multispectral imaging
  • Sentinel-2
  • 22/3 OA procedure


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