It's being reported in Sioux Falls that the USGS EROS Data Center is planning for the next Landsat offering, unveiled to be on the way just before Christmas by the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. EROS will evidently have considerable input on the design of the vehicle, budgeted at $338M. With the loss of Landsat 6 on launch in 1993 and glitches in Landsat 7 and 5, I'm sure this comes as a tremendous relief to the program.
Of note on the Office of Science and Technology Policy website is the "Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System"...
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