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The SPOT (from French "Satellite pour l'Observation de la Terre") constellation has been supplying high-resolution, wide-area optical imagery since 1986. The last satellites, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, will assure data continuity through to 2024. All of the SPOT satellites provide imagery in Panchromatic and Multispectral bands with a swath of 60km.

The HRV(IR) sensor on board SPOT 1-4 provides data at 10 m spatial resolution Panchromatic mode and 20 m (Multispectral mode).

The HRG sensor on board SPOT-5 provides spatial resolution from 2.5 m in the panchromatic band to 10 m in the multispectral mode. The SWIR band imagery remains at 20 m.

The NAOMI sensor on board of SPOT 6&7 provides data up to 1.5 m spatial resolution Panchromatic and Multispectral.

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SPOT4-5 Take 5 ESA archive online dataset

25 February 2020

ESA is pleased to announce the availability of SPOT4-5 Take 5 products to the scientific community. At the end of their life, both SPOT 4 and SPOT-5 missions were involved in Take-5 experiment and now these data products are made available under ESA's TPM initiative.

LPVE2018 - Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution

10 November 2017

Following the successful LPVE 2014, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting scientists and Cal/Val experts to present the latest results from their on-going research at the 2018 Workshop on Land Product Validation and Evolution (LPVE 2018).

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 30 November 2017.

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Operators SPOT 1-5: CNES
SPOT 6-7: Airbus DS
Launch dates First launch: 22 February 1986
Last launch: 30 June 2014
Orbit Height SPOT 1-5: 832 km
SPOT 6-7: 694km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Repeat Cycle 26 days
Resolution From 20m to 1.5m
Swath Width 60km
Onboard sensors provided under TPM HRV, HRVIR, HRG and NAOMI