FW: Landsat Request For Information (RFI) Released Yesterday
Carol B. Meyer
carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org
Fri Aug 6 14:36:12 EDT 2004
>From Martha Maiden...
From: Martha Maiden [mailto:martha.e.maiden at nasa.gov]
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 1:32 PM
To: "Carol.meyer" <carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org> Subject :
carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org
Subject: Fwd: Landsat Request For Information (RFI) Released Yesterday
>To Those Interested in the Landsat Program:
>Yesterday NASA released a Request for Information (RFI) on the
>Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) The RFI consists of a cover
>letter, a draft solicitation, a draft instrument specification, a
>draft statement of work, and several additional draft requirements
>documents. I have attached a copy of the cover letter and key
>excerpts from that letter can be found below.
>All of the RFI documents can be found at the NASA Acquisition
>Internet Service (NAIS) at web address
>The documents can also be found at the LDCM web site:
>The Executive Office of the President approved the release of this
>RFI following eight months of discussion with an interagency working
>group. The working group included representation from NASA, USGS,
>NOAA, NGA, NRO, and the NPOESS Integrated Program Office.
>Please note the following:
>- One of the options the Government is considering is to migrate
>the Landsat measurements to the NPOESS as an operational
>measurement. This option would necessitate flying future Landsat
>sensors in the 828Km-altitude orbit of the NPOESS satellites with a
>17-day ground track repeat period. This would be a change from the
>705 Km, 16-day repeat period, orbit of Landsats 4, 5, and 7.
>- The instrument specification does not require thermal spectral
>bands consistent with the LDCM Data Specification attached to the
>earlier, cancelled data procurement request for proposals.
>- This RFI explicitly solicits your comments (see excerpts below).
>Comments are due by August 26 to:
>e-mail: Patricia.M.Dombrowski at nasa.gov
>Fax: (301) 286-0383
>Please allow me to encourage your comments and response. This RFI
>represents the first opportunity to inform and receive feedback from
>the Landsat data user community, as well as industry, in many
>months. Your response to the options and strategies described in
>the RFI are critical to the future of the Landsat program.
>Please forgive me if you receive multiple copies of this e-mail. I
>am using several e-mail address lists for the sake of expediency and
>I know the lists overlap. Also, please share this message with any
>and all of your colleagues working with Landsat data.
>LDCM Project Scientist
>NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
>RFI excerpts follow:
>* Although a final decision on continuity options has not been
>made, one of the options the Government is considering as a
>long-term solution to ensuring Landsat data continuity is to migrate
>the Landsat measurement to the National Polar-orbiting Operational
>Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) as an operational
>measurement. This would necessitate the measurement to be migrated
>to an 828km mid-morning orbit, with the earliest launch predicted
>with a Landsat imager to be at the end of calendar year 2009.
>* The government may also consider an earlier stand-alone mission
>to minimize any risk to Landsat data continuity.
>* Taking these factors into consideration, NASA is hereby
>soliciting innovative approaches for development and incorporation
>of a new Operational Land Imager (which the government has currently
>labeled OLI) for the NPOESS in the event the government decides to
>procure OLI instrument(s) for flight on NPOESS.
>* NASA is also soliciting inventive approaches for a potential
>stand-alone mission solution to minimize risk to Landsat data
>* The government is also interested in potential source's
>perspectives on the benefits of, or alternatives to, utilization of
>the Advanced Landsat Imager (ALI) technology developed by NASA/GSFC
>for Earth Observer-1 mission recognizing the timeliness requirements
>associated with this mission.
>* Data specifications describing characteristics of Landsat data, a
>potential OLI specification and a potential Statement of Work (SOW)
>are attached for reference purposes only.
>* NASA welcomes comments on the information in this call including
>* If NASA proceeds with a solicitation for either or both
>solutions, there may not be a draft RFP release and this will be the
>only opportunity to comment on the documentation listed above
>* All other inquires shall be submitted no later than 8/26/04 to
>the same point of contact. Please reference Solicitation Number
>NNG04064128L in any response.
>Point of Contact
> Name: Patricia Dombrowski
> Title: Contracting Officer
> Phone: (301) 286-0621
> Fax: (301) 286-0383
> e-mail: Patricia.M.Dombrowski at nasa.gov
>Jim Irons TEL: (301) 614-6657
>Code 923 / Biospheric Sciences Branch FAX: (301) 614-6695
>NASA Goddard Space Flight Center email:
jim at ltpmail.gsfc.nasa.gov
>Greenbelt, MD 20771
Martha E. Maiden
Program Executive for Data Systems
Office of Earth Science
Washington DC 20546-0001
voice +1 (202) 358-1078
FAX +1 (202) 358-2769
Martha Maiden <mmaiden at hq.nasa.gov>
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