The SPOT Earth observation system designed by CNES and operated by Spot Image, has been in operation since February 1986. In May 2002 the SPOT-5 satellite added its new capabilites to the SPOT family. SPOT-5 was orbited by an Ariane 4 launcher. The satellite is foreseen to be under nominal operations up to 2014 as a minimum.
Compared to its predecessors, SPOT-5 offers greatly enhanced capabilities due to SPOT-5's improved 5-metre and 2.5-metre resolution. The satellite provides an ideal balance between high resolution and wide-area coverage. SPOT-5's other key feature is the unprecedented acquisition capability of the on-board HRS imaging instrument, which has the ability to take stereopair images quasi-simultaneously. Stereo pair imagery is vital for applications that call for 3D terrain modeling.
26 November 2014
ESA invites proposals for the SPOT-5 Take 5 call, which aims to select potential sites of observation for a new phase in the SPOT-5 mission.
23 September 2011
Due to power downtime affecting the DALI catalogue at Spot Image, the SPOT Multispectral and Panchromatic collections from Spotimage in EOLI-SA will be unavailable from 04:00 to 17:00 UTC on Saturday 24 September 2011.
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