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The SPOT earth observation system designed by CNES began operations in February 1986. On 22 January 1990 the SPOT 2 satellite joined the other SPOT 1st generation satellite SPOT 1.

SPOT 2 had the same imaging characteristics (a swath of 60 km per instrument and oblique viewing capability of 27° on each side of the local vertical) and the same instrument on board as SPOT-1; HRV.

SPOT-2 generated more than 6.5 million Earth images in almost 20 years.

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Operator CNES
Launch date 22 January 1990
End date July 2009
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)