Mission focus

The SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites address the SPOT 5 market with improved characteristics:

  • Same image swath of 60 km to maintain high level of coverage capability
  • Better resolution with 1.5 m ortho image products
  • Addition of a blue band to get native natural colour images
  • Ultimate satellite agility, enabling to achieve efficiently both collection of large coverage and collection of individual targets: more than 3 million km2 per day for each satellite
  • Reactive tasking: Advanced programming efficiency with up to six programming plans per day and per satellite uploads possible to obtain cloud-free imagery
  • Daily revisit capability thanks to the phased constellation of SPOT 6 and SPOT 7

Science

With SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, Airbus DS secured the mission continuity of the SPOT series, which has collected an archive of more than 30 million scenes since 1986. This new generation of optical satellites features technological improvements and advanced system performance that increases reactivity and acquisition capacity as well as simplifying data access.

SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 form a constellation designed to provide continuity of high-resolution, wide-swath SPOT data up to 2023. Both satellites have drawn on technological and operational innovations conceived for the Pléiades constellation. It represents a source of broad-swath imagery in complement to the Pléiades Very High Resolution data. Users have access to 1.5 m colour imagery, to high quality ortho-images and to large area mosaics.

Airbus DS is the commercial satellite operator, supported by its worldwide network of resellers. 

SPOT 6 and 7 satellites operate in a phased orbit with Pléiades satellites. This constellation of four satellites provides an ideal combination of detail and coverage, with dual daily revisits to any point on the globe.