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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Spacecraft Accommodation study contract by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The contract, awarded through the Rapid Spacecraft Development Office (RSDO), is valued at $600,000 with a four-month period of performance.

For this study, General Dynamics will identify a design for the spacecraft and provide an assessment of various mission topics to meet performance requirements. These include developing a spacecraft that will accommodate the Landsat instruments and identifying methods of achieving mission objectives. Following completion of this study, NASA will issue a Request for Offer (RFO) in order to choose a contractor to build the LDCM Observatory.

For more than 30 years, Landsat satellites have collected data of the Earth's continental surfaces to support global change research and applications. LDCM is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science and government.

"General Dynamics is applying its flexible and efficient approach to provide a design to meet the schedule and cost requirements of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission," said David Shingledecker, vice president and general manager of integrated space systems for General Dynamics. "We appreciate the opportunity that NASA has given to us to participate in this study and look forward to helping NASA continue the Landsat heritage of success."

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The most detailed portraits ever of the Earth's land surface have been created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite. The portraits are the first products produced as part of the ESA-initiated GlobCover project and are available online. Bimonthly global composites for May to June 2005 and March to April 2006 can be accessed through a newly developed map server tool on ESA's GlobCover website. On 19 June, additional bimonthly global composites will be made available as well as the first part of a global land cover map over Eurasia.

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