The Hammers Company Develops the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE)

The Hammers Company Develops the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE)

the Hammers Company, Inc. was awarded a five-year contract in September 2008 by NASA to provide the systems engineering and integration services needed to build the ground-based command and control system for the Mission Operations Element (MOE) of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite.

the Hammers Company, Inc. team was responsible for the design, development, integration, testing, delivery, and installation of the MOE; support for the ground system and mission-level integration and test; support of operations readiness activities; engineering support during the launch and early-orbit period; and a period of sustaining engineering following launch of the spacecraft.

The Hammers’ team consisted of:

  • the Hammers Company (tHC) – Prime contractor responsible for overall project management, systems engineering and providing products for command and control, file data management, and automation
  • General dynamics (GDC4S) – Systems Engineering and Test & Integration
  • MetiSpace Technologies, Inc (formally GMV USA) – Products for mission planning and mission data management
  • a.i. solutions, Inc. – Products for flight dynamics and orbit analysis

The LDCM was successfully launched February 11, 2013 and, after in-orbit checkout, declared an operational USGS asset as Landsat 8 on May 30, 2013. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (Landsat 8) succeeds the current Landsat 7 mission and will provide expanded detection, differentiation and characterization of manmade and natural changes of global land surfaces.