SPOT-5

Applications:civil and military mapping, natural and man-made disaster management, insurance, natural resources exploration, land planning, agriculture, civil engineering, environmental protection, maritime surveillance, geographic information systems

Operator: Airbus Defence and Space

Sensor Type: Optical

Highest Resolution: 2.5m

Widest swath width: 60km

Number of Bands/Modes: 5

Launched: 4th May 2002

Nationality: French

Revisit Interval: 26 days

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Name Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre
Parameters Measured B(0.50-0.59µm), G(0.61-068µm), R(0.79-0.89µm), SWIR(1.58-1.75µm), PAN(0.48-0.71µm)
Sensor Type Optical Sensor
Purpose SPOT-5 is the fifth satellite in the SPOT series of CNES (Space Agency of France), placed into orbit by an Ariane launcher. Since the first SPOT satellite was launched in 1986, the SPOT system has sought to provide continuity of service and constantly improved the quality of its products for the global user community. Objectives are to provide image acquisition and service continuity consistent with previous SPOT satellites to satisfy the user investments. Hence, the same sun-synchronous orbit is used providing the existing functional instrument capabilities with a 26 day repeat cycle, the same off-track viewing capability of ± 27º about nadir, the same spectral band selection, and the same 60 km double swath. To improve the spatial resolution of the imagery to 3 m in the panchromatic band and to 10 m in the multi spectral mode. The SWIR band imagery remains at 20 m. To offer in parallel a stereoscopic along-track observation capability (instead of the previously provided cross-track capability). The intend is to offer high-resolution imagery to be used for DEM (Digital Elevation Model) generation with an accuracy of 10 m.
Applications civil and military mapping, natural and man-made disaster management, insurance, natural resources exploration, land planning, agriculture, civil engineering, environmental protection, maritime surveillance, geographic information systems
Data Cost and Access Public - Subject to costing
Start Date of Collection 2002-05-04
End Date of Collection N/A
Spatial Resolution (meters) 2.5
Frequency of Collection {26}
Data Format GeoTIFF
Distributor contact contact@astrium-geo.com
Lineage In 1994 the SPOT-5 program was approved by the French government, consisting initially of two identical S/C in orbit and two new optical imagers for these S/C, called HRG (High Resolution Geometric) and HRS (High Resolution Stereoscopic) to provide a ground resolution of 5m. In 1996, the SPOT-5 program was downsized (to one orbiting S/C) and redefined to improve the spatial resolution of the imagery below 5 m. As a result, an innovative image acquisition and processing scheme has been developed by CNES to obtain spatial resolutions of about 3 m from two 5 m images. In January 1999, a further functional improvement was introduced giving the HRS (High Resolution Stereoscopic) instrument a full stereoscopic capability. It was also decided to continue to fly the Vegetation instrument. The SPOT-5 satellite program continues the partnerships of France (CNES), Belgium (OSTC) and Sweden (SNSB) as established at the beginning of the SPOT program.
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