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Honeywell management processes have extended the Landsat 5 mission life by 26 years; new contract will allow HTSI to extend service to Landsat 7 program
PHOENIX, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that after Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.'s (HTSI) successful management of the Landsat program for the past 12 years, the organization was awarded a new six-year contract for the continued flight operations for Landsat 7.
Honeywell's new mission and data management processes anticipate and rectify anomalies and have saved the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the managing organization of the Landsat satellites, $9 million over the past 12 years. In addition, HTSI has successfully extended the Landsat 5's original three-year mission to 29 years and kept the Landsat 7 operationally viable.
Beyond its data management processes, HTSI also deployed its innovative "Lights Out" automated operations capability that reduced Landsat 7 operations staffing from 24 hours a day to just 10 hours a day, contributing to the overall cost savings for the USGS.
Under the new six-year contract HTSI will continue to manage both the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellite programs while adding new tasks such as these:
HTSI will also assist the USGS with the safe decommissioning of Landsat 5 by lowering it from its orbiting altitude of 705 kilometers and mitigating risk to nearby U.S. and international Earth-observing satellites. HTSI's flight operations team has already completed Phase 1 of the decommissioning by successfully lowering Landsat 5's orbit by 20 kilometers in two delta velocity maneuvers.
HTSI's History With Landsat
Landsat 5, now in space for more than 29 years, has been kept operationally viable by HTSI's engineers and operations specialists for 26 years longer than the satellite's original mission plan. The organization did this through these actions:
Collectively, these and many other HTSI actions have extended the Landsat mission long past its life expectancy, benefitting the USGS and the worldwide Landsat user community.
Landsat Background Information
Since its launch on March 1, 1984, Landsat 5 has provided more than 600,000 individual images, recording clear-cutting and recovery conditions of rain forests, near- and long-term effects of the Chernobyl explosion, before-and-after records of Hurricane Katrina's impact, as well as more subtle natural and human-induced changes to the global land surface. In addition to these emergency and management applications of Landsat imagery, millions of people each day use Web-based mapping products supported by this and other imagery data to get where they want to go.
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