More specifically, my teams are part of the development effort for Landsat 8, a continuation of the program with an expected launch date in February 2013.
One of the lessons I’ve learned from working in this environment is that trying to develop products and systems as a part of a long-standing program is difficult.
There are compromises that must be made.
When the products you make need to be consistent with historical products, there are restrictions and additional coordination with the sustaining engineering activities that are going on with the operational system.
If you don’t coordinate with the operational system properly, you end up developing something that has to be re-worked when your system is integrated into the operational system.
Have you been a part of projects like this? Are they more difficult in your opinion than purely new development?
40 Years of Continuous Earth Observation from Space
NASA put out this awesome video from 1973, one year after the first Landsat satellite began orbiting the earth and collecting remote sensing data.
This is good for a retro chuckle, but it’s also amazing to me at the same time.
My teams develop with modern programming languages and the advancements over the years are amazing, especially when I watch the video from 1973 and see all the knobs and push buttons.
And if you’d like a taste of more recent representations of the Landsat program: