The France-based imaging Earth observation satellite system SPOT (Systeme Probatoire d'Observation de la Terre) is actively operating since February 1986.
On September 9, 2012, the innovative spacecraft SPOT-6 was launched on a sun-synchronous orbit by an India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Satish Dhawan space center on Sriharikota island. SPOT-6 satellite has higher capabilities than its predecessors - SPOT 4 and SPOT 5 - it enables the Earth imaging with a resolution of up to 1.5 m panchromatic and up to 6 m multispectral. Spot-6 and Spot-7 are two high-resolution optical satellites with identical characteristics. Spot-7 was launched on June 30, 2014. The swath width of SPOT-6, same as SPOT-7, is 60 km. Each of SPOT-6 and -7 is able to provide a daily revisit of up to 3 million km2.
The SPOT new generation satellites along with the Pleiades constellation form a single system. This provides customers with imaging in the same area twice a day in both wider swath with high resolution by means of SPOT satellites and detailed imaging with ultra-high resolution by means of Pleiades satellites.
Operator: Airbus Defense and Space (France)
|Spectral Range (µm):||0.45–0.75||blue: 0.45–0.52
near infrared: 0.76–0.89
|Spatial Resolution, m:||1.5||6.0|
|Radiometric Resolution:||12 bits / pixel|
|Swath Width:||60 km|
|Coverage, mln km2/day:||3, up to 750 scenes per day|
|Revisit time:||− 1 to 3 days (for one satellite);
− 1 day (constellation of two satellites Spot-6 и Spot-7
|Acquire Stereo-Pair:||Yes, from one pass|