Mission background

 In December 2014, SPOT 7 was sold to Azerbaijan's space agency Azercosmos, who renamed it Azersky.

Satellite design

The architecture is similar to that of the Pleiades satellites, with a centrally mounted optical instrument, a three-axis star tracker, a fibre-optic gyro and four control moment gyros.

Technical Specification
Mass 714 kg
Dimensions 1.55 m x 1.75 m x 2.7 m
Design lifetime 12 years

Mission Operations

SPOT 7 operates in a Sun-synchronous circular orbit with an altitude of 694 km.

SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 operate in tandem with the 1 m resolution TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites of DLR, and the high-resolution Pléiades-1 and -2 spacecraft from Spot Image.