Colorado satellite experiment launched Monday to improve monitoring of coastal waters, cirrus cloud

DENVER - A missile carrying an experimental satellite made in Colorado launched on Monday.

The missile is carrying the Operational Land Imager (OLI) built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, among with other experiments.

The rocket itself is a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V called Landsat.  ULA headquarters are located in Centennial.

The satellite will support monitoring of coastal waters and detect previously hard-to-see cirrus clouds that could affect monitoring of the Earth's surface.

The new device will allow the entire globe to be imaged every 16 days. OLI’s sensitivity ultimately provides improved land surface information with fewer moving parts, according to Ball's website.

More on the  Landsat Program: http://landsat.usgs.gov/
 

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