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SPOT timeline


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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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.

Improved TPM online dissemination service available

09 June 2017

ESA is pleased to announce that an improved access to the collections distributed online by ESA through the Third Party Missions programme has been deployed.

Two enhanced features have been set up to ease access to these collections:

  • A TPM online access list has been created to provide users with a centralised access to all the TPM online collections dissemination systems (17 TPM collections)
  • A new online dissemination system providing a geographical catalogue, a folder tree access and a filename search has been deployed for 13 TPM collections

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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