Explore instruments used in SPOT 3 mission.



SPOT 3 data is freely and openly available to everyone.


SPOT 3, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery.

About SPOT 3

SPOT 3 (Satellite pour l'Observation de la Terre) was a commercial Earth-imaging satellite from CNES in France. It was launched on 26 September 1993 and ceased operations after a malfunction in November 1996. SPOT 1, 2 and 3 were identical.

SPOT 3 Mission Parameters
Orbit Height 832 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Orbit Inclination 98.7°
Orbit Duration 101 mins
Repeat Cycle 26 days

SPOT 3 Objectives

SPOT 3, like all the SPOT missions, was aimed at supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery. This was designed to improve the knowledge and management of Earth's resources, detecting and forecasting phenomena involving climatology and oceanography, and monitoring human activities and natural phenomena.

SPOT 3 Instruments

High-Resolution Visible (HRV)

Two identical HRV (High Resolution Visible) imaging instruments on SPOT 3 provided data at 10 metre spatial resolution and were able to operate in two modes Panchromatic mode and 20 metre (Multispectral mode) with a swath of 60 km simultaniously or individually.

The HRV had an oblique viewing capability of 27° on each side of the local vertical.The swath was 117 km2 if both sensors were used simultaniously with a 3km2 overlap


HRV Instrument Details
Type High-resolution optical pushbroom imager
Ground Sample Distance Panchromatic: 10 m
Multispectral: 20 m
Swath Width 60 km
Bands Pan
NIR (Near Infrared)
0.51-0.73 µm
0.50-0.59 µm
0.61-0.68 µm
0.79-0.89 µm
Instrument Field of View 4.13°
Ground Sampling Interval (Nadir Viewing) Panchromatic: 10 m x 10 m
Multispectral: 20 m x 20 m
Pixel per Line Panchromatic:6000
Swath Width 60 km

SPOT 3 Data


Download data from SPOT-3 mission through the ESA TPM Online Dissemination system. The data is freely available to registered EO Sign In users.


Registered users are allowed access to the SPOT-1 to 5 ESA archive through the online dissmination server. The archive consists mainly of imagery over Europe and Africa that ESA has collected through the years .

  • SPOT 1 - SPOT 5 ESA archive: SPOT 1 to 5 products, mainly focused in Europe and Africa that ESA collected over the years with worldwide coverage.
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