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The Thematic Mapper - Instrument Overview and Preliminary On-Orbit Results
Author(s): Jack L. Engel
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Paper Abstract

The Thematic Mapper (TM) is a second-generation Earth Resources Sensor built for NASA for the Landsat series of spacecraft. The TM was placed in orbit aboard the Landsat-4 space-craft in July of 1982. Its predecessor, the Multispectral Scanner (MSS), has flown on Land-sats 1 through 3 and accompanies the TM on Landsat 4. This paper provides an overview description of the Thematic Mapper, a summary of the TM's performance derived from prelaunch testing and concludes with the presentation of prelimi-nary results of the assessment of on-orbit data. These early results indicate that the per-formance of the Thematic Mapper is consistent with the prelaunch results and the utility of the data is meeting or exceeding expectations. Keywords: Thematic Mapper (TM), remote sensing, Landsat, Multispectral Scanner (MSS), and Earth Resources Sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1984
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0430, Infrared Technology IX, (19 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936373
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Jack L. Engel, Santa Barbara Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0430:
Infrared Technology IX
Richard A. Mollicone; Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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