LANDSAT-8, launched in February 11, 2013, is a medium resolution optical satellite aiming to provide data for applications in agriculture, education, business, science and the government. It is considered an improvement of its predecessor, LANDSAT-7, with its enhanced capabilities to monitor water quality and high atmospheric clouds.
The satellite comprises two sensors: the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS).
OLI consists of 9 spectral bands ranging through the visible, near-infrared and shortwave radiation spectrum. With the spatial resolution ranging from 15 to 30m (see table 1), LANDSAT-8 provides quality satellite imagery which can depict different land uses from space.
TIRS is comprised of two spectral bands which detect thermal infrared, a vital tool to measure the temperature of the Earth’s surface.
To download LANDSAT-8 imagery from our portal, you will need to obtain a free user account from the United States Geological Survey.
© Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey


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Parameter LANDSAT-8
Orbit Altitude 705km
Spectral Bands Eleven spectral bands (300-12510nm) with one panchromatic (15m), three visible (30m), one near-infrared (30m), two SWIR (30m), two thermal (100m) and two atmospheric (30m) bands
Swath Width 185km
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) 15-30km
Launch/Life Expectancy 2013-2018 (has supplies for 2023)
Revisit Time 16 days
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