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The SPOT earth observation system designed by CNES began operations on 22 February 1986 with the launch of the SPOT-1 satellite.

SPOT 1, with 2 HRV instruments on board, had a swath of 60 km km and oblique viewing capability of 27° on each side of the local vertical. The instruments were able to acquire 1 panchromatic band (10 m) and 3 multispectral bands (20 m).

SPOT-1 generated more than 2.7 million Earth images in its 17 years of operation.

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Operator CNES
Launch date 22 February 1986
End date November 2003
Orbit Height 832km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Repeat Cycle 26 days
Resolution 10 to 20m
Swath Width 60km
Onboard sensors provided under TPM HRV (High-Resolution Visible)