USGS, NASA Preparing to Commit to Launch Date, Cost for Landsat 9

NASA and USGS officials are meeting December 6, 2017 at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C., at which time NASA will be asked to commit to a total cost and launch date for Landsat 9.

This is a significant milestone for the Landsat 9 mission as NASA’s Agency Program Management Council (APMC) are asked to approve Key Decision Point-C (KDP-C), which formally transitions the joint NASA and USGS mission from preliminary design to final design and implementation, and commits to Congress NASA’s total cost for the mission and a launch date.

As a Category 1 mission (the highest category for a NASA mission), approval of the KDP-C is required by Lightfoot and the AMPC. A decision memo will be finalized at the December 6 meeting and then forwarded to Congress the APMC hears project status reports.