Many happy images, SPOT 6!Astrium GeoInformation Services
SPOT 6 is an Earth observation satellite offering optical high-resolution capabilities. Like its twin SPOT 7, which is slated for launch early 2014, SPOT 6 has a 60-km swath and will serve imagery products with a resolution down to 1.5 metres. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 will ensure service continuity of SPOT 4 and SPOT 5 satellites, which have been operating since 1998 and 2002 respectively. Moreover, both ground and space segments have been designed for improved performances compared to previous SPOT missions, especially in term of reactivity - from satellite tasking to product delivery- and collection capacity. The constellation SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 will actually provide a daily revisit everywhere on Earth with a total coverage of 6 million km² per day.
SPOT 6 and 7 will have a service life of 10 years.
|SPOT 6 satellite image acquired 3 days after the launch|
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