Center for Remote Sensing and GIS “Terra”
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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)

Technical Characteristics

Modes: Panchromatic Multispectral
Spectral Range (µm): 0.45–0.75 blue: 0.45–0.52
green: 0.53–0.60
red: 0.62–0.69
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