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With SPOT-6 and SPOT-7, Airbus Defence and Space not only secures mission continuity of its SPOT series, which has collected an archive of more than 30 million scenes since 1986. This new generation of optical satellites features technological improvements and advanced system performance that increase reactivity and acquisition capacity, as well as simplifying data access.

Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, August 2016, SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space
Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, August 2016, SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space
Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, August 2016, SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space
Osh region, Kyrgyzstan, August 2016, SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space
Pansharpening, sample image from SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space
Pansharpening, sample image from SPOT-6 ©Airbus Defence and Space

On September 9, 2012, the innovative SPOT-6 SPACECRAFT was launched into a solar synchronous orbit by an Indian PSLV launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan cosmodrome on Sriharikota island. The SPOT-6 spacecraft has higher capabilities compared to its predecessors — the SPOT-4 and SPOT-5 spacecraft — it allows to survey the Earth with a resolution of up to 1.5 m in panchromatic mode and up to 6 m in multispectral mode.

Spot-6 and 7 – two identical characteristics of the optical remote sensing spacecraft of high resolution. Spot-7 launched on June 30, 2014. Width of the SPOT 6 survey band, as well as the similar SPOT 7 spacecraft, is 60 km. Each of the SPOT-6 and -7 spacecraft can shoot up to 3 million square kilometers daily.

Spacecrafts represent a new generation of the Spot series. Decision to create them was made by the EADS Astrium consortium in 2009 to ensure the continuation of high-detail photography for years to come (up to 2023).

The new generation of SPOT spacecrafts together with the Pleiades spacecrafts forms a single system. Four spacecrafts Pleiades-1/2 and SPOT 6/7-are placed in the same orbital plane and are evenly spaced in the phase angle at 90° from each other. This allows commercial and government customers to capture the same area twice a day in both the wider high-resolution band using SPOT satellites and the ultra-high-resolution detailed shooting mode using Pleiades vehicles.

Specifications SPOT-6,7 spacecrafts

Name of the spacecraft SPOT-6,7
Country France
Developer Airbus Defence and Space (ex.EADS Astrium satellites) (France)
Operator Airbus Defence and Space (France; SPOT-6),
Azerkosmos (Azerbaijan; SPOT-7/Azersky)
Launch vehicle PSLV-C21 and PSLV-C23
Launch date 09.09.2012 and 30.06.2014
  height, km
  inclination, degree
  rossing time of equator
Period of active existence, years 9
Power, W 1200
Mass of spacecraft, kg 800
Follow-up period, day 3

Technical characteristics of onboard equipment

Name of shooting equipment NAOMI
Spectral ranges, microns Panchromatic: 0.45-0.75
Blue: 0.45-0.52
Green: 0.53-0.60
Red: 0.62-0.69
Near IR: 0.76–0.89
Number of elements of MS, microns 6892
Dynamic range, bit 12
Spatial resolution PAN, m 1.5
Spatial resolution MS, m 6
View bandwidth, km 800
Shooting bandwidth, km 60
Geolocation accuracy, m CE90 = 10
Shooting performance, million sq km/day 3
Data transfer rate, Mbit / sec 60
  1. The following delivery options are available:
    • 1.5 m-panchromatic
    • 6 m-multispectral
    • 1.5 m-pan-sharpened (color, 3 channels; R, G, NIR or R, G, B, in natural and pseudo-natural colors)
    • 1.5 m-pan-sharpened (color, 4 channels; R, G, B, NIR)
    • Bundle (1.5 m-panchromatic + 6 m-multispectral)
    • Stereo
    • Tri-stereo
  2. Two levels of data processing are available:
    • Primary geometric (RPS) and radiometric correction
    • Ortho Correction (Ortho)
  3. For all orders for new shooting, up to 10% is considered acceptable, except for specially specified cases of ordering cloudless images and instant Tasking.

Conditions for placing an order for a new shooting:

Priority shooting (Priority service) is used to achieve maximum success in each period. This service provides privileged access to resources, which increases the number of shooting attempts.

Urgent survey (Emergency service) is used when it is necessary to quickly obtain data, for example - in the event of an emergency. In this shooting mode, the first attempt is made within the next 24 hours. There is always the highest priority.

Standard survey Priority survey Urgent survey
Tailored Instant Tasking
Minimum order area 1000 sq km,
>20 km in any direction
100 sq km,
>5 km in any direction
Maximum area of order not limited 100 km x 50 km
Duration of the shooting period user defined 4 days after the first attempt 1 attempt in a 7-day period
Stereo/tri-stereo 100% surcharge for stereo and 200% for tristereo products No No
Cloudiness <10%
0% surcharge
<10% <10% not regulated
Main cases of using data obtained from SPOT-6, 7 satellites:
  • creating and updating topographic and specialty maps up to 1:25,000 scale;
  • creation of digital terrain models with accuracy of 5-10 m in height;
  • inventory and control of construction infrastructure transportation and production of oil and gas;
  • monitoring of the ecological state of the territories in the areas of production, processing, transportation of oil and gas and other minerals;
  • updating the topographic sub-basis for the development of projects of territorial planning schemes of municipal districts and subjects of the Federation;
  • implementation of forest management activities, forest inventory. Regular monitoring of forest management and monitoring of the state of forests;
  • inventory of agricultural land, monitoring of crops, assessment of contamination, identification of pests and diseases of crops, forecasting yields;
  • monitoring and forecasting of waterlogging and desertification, salinization, karst, erosion, steppe fires, etc.
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