With SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, Airbus Defence and Space (DS) 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.

The first ‘twins’ in the SPOT family, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, are 180-degree phased, enabling a revisit at least once a day for any point on Earth.

SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 deliver 1.5m high resolution products with five spectral bands (Pan/R/G/B/NIR/B band), fully super imposable, as they are always acquired simultaneously. Standard products are delivered application-ready: pan-sharpened and orthorectified imagery in natural colour. Individual per-AOI-ordering and North-South acquisitions secure easy data handling.

An extensive and attractive tasking offer allows users to select the service most suitable for their specific requirements.

Airbus DS’s innovative online portal enables 24/7 tasking, ordering and delivery.

Multiple tasking plans per day allow for integration of short-notice requests in the tasking plan, thus securing optimized acquisitions.

Fully automatic processing and immediate (online) delivery, even via data streaming, ensure rapid availability.

SPOT 6/7 benefit from a large swath, enabling a daily acquisition capacity of 6 million sq. km per satellite. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are specifically designed to efficiently provide large-area coverages, making them particularly suitable to serve cartographic and monitoring applications.

While nominal acquisitions are available within 60km x 600km strips, multi-strip acquisitions can be recorded in a single path and non-North-South-oriented acquisitions are also possible.

The high agility minimizes conflicts and enables automatic, rapid reaction to changing (weather) conditions, thus maximizing the number of successful acquisitions.

ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) is the authorised reseller of SPOT images in Singapore.

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Number of Satellites

2 - SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, featuring a true constellation


SPOT 6: September 9, 2012; SPOT 7: June 30, 2014


Sun-synchronous, 10:00 AM descending node, 26-day cycle,

694-km altitude

Spectral Bands

Panchromatic, Blue, Green, Red, Near Infrared for all acquisitions

Product Resolution

Panchromatic: 1.5 m; Multispectral: 6 m



< 18 m CE90 at Nadir

Dynamic Range at


12 bits


60 km at Nadir

Revisit Capacity

Daily, everywhere

Pointing Agility

- Allows single pass collection scenarios over areas as big as

300x330 km, and also Stereo or Tri-stereo imagery acquisition.

- 60 degree slew in 25 seconds – 200 km in 11 seconds

including stabilization time

Acquisition Capacity

6,000,000 sq. km / day (max. capacity),

with an average of 3,600,000 sq. km / day - 8.8 times the equivalent

of the Earth landmasses per year

Mission Lifetime

Minimum of 10 years


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