Landsat Next Planned Orbits and Swath Coverage (version 2)

  • Released Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Landsat Next is the follow on mission to Landsat-9. Landsat Next which will provide data continuity to the decades long data record of the Earth’s land from space. It is still in the planning stages and is targeted for launch around 2030. Landsat Next is planned to have more than twice the number of bands as Landsat 8 and 9 and will consist of 3 separate spacecraft. This reduces amount of time needed for full Earth coverage to around 6 days.

These visualizations show example orbits and swaths of Landsat Next. The orbit swath widths shown are 164km wide. A visualization of Landsat 9 coverage is also included for comparison which is synchronized to the Landsat Next visualization.

The equatorial view shows the spacecraft orbits and swaths slowly appearing, revealing the colored Earth tiles. The orbits speed up showing the distances between orbits. The speed increases showing several days quickly. Finally, the orbits slow down as the last few orbits complete the full coverage of the Earth about 6 days from when it started. The cycle is repeated for another 6 days.


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This page was originally published on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.
This page was last updated on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 12:16 AM EDT.


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