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