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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.

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EOLI-SA - SPOT collection downtime on 24 September 2011

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.

Availability of SPOT-5 data under the ESA Category-1 scheme

20 June 2011

ESA Third Party Mission portfolio for Research and Application development was recently extended to include SPOT-5 HRG data.

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Operators CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales)
Date of launch 04 May 2002
Status Operating nominally in 2013
Orbit Height 832 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous circular polar
Repeat Cycle 26 days
Resolution Spatial resolution is 2.5m to 20m
Swath Width 60km
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM HRG (High Resolution Geometric) sensor