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About SPOT 7

SPOT 7 (Satellite pour l'Observation de la Terre) was a commercial Earth-imaging satellite and was renamed 'Azersky'. It was launched in 1 June 2014 and ceased operations in  17 March 2023. The final satellites in the SPOT series, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, were identical satellites and assured continuity of high-resolution, wide-swath data.

Mission Parameters
Orbit Height694 km
Orbit TypeSun-synchronous
Orbit Inclination98.2°
Local Equator Crossing Time10:00 AM at descending node
Orbit Duration98.79 minutes
Repeat Cycle26 days
Revisit Capability1 day with SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 operating simultaneously
Between 1 and 3 days with only one satellite

SPOT 7 Objectives

SPOT 7, like all of 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 7 Instruments

New Astrosat Optical Modular Instrument (NAOMI)

Two identical NAOMI instruments were on board SPOT 7 and provided data up to 1.5 m spatial resolution panchromatic and multispectral. They were able to operate in two modes, either simultaneously or individually. In simultaneous mode the swath was 120 km and in individual mode the swath was 60 km.

Instrument Details
TypeHigh-resolution optical pushbroom imager
Ground Sample DistancePanchromatic: 1.5 m at nadir
Multispectral: 6 m at nadir
Swath Width60 km
Field of Regard±30° (spacecraft tilting capability about nadir for event monitoring)
BandsPAN0.45-0.75 µm
Blue0.45-0.52 µm
Green0.53-0.59 µm
Red0.62-0.69 µm
NIR (Near Infrared)0.76-0.89 µm


Other Instruments

The VEGETATION instrument was carried on board SPOT 7. This instrument could cover almost all of the Earth's surface in a day because of its swath size of 2250 km. It captured reflected light in four spectral bands (blue, red, near-infrared, and middle-infrared).

SPOT 7 Data


ESA offers access to the full SPOT 7 archive for scientific research and application development. Access is only available to submitted proposals that are accepted.

As many as possible of the high-quality and innovative proposals submitted will be supported within the quota limit available, therefore, only a limited amount of products can be made available to each project.

ESA offers registered users access through the Online Dissemination server to the SPOT 6 and 7 ESA archive.