SPOT 6/7

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The SPOT 6/7 constellation is the start of a new era for High-Resolution imagery market. Keeping the SPOT 5 DNA (60km swath), these twin satellites bring with them boosted coverage capabilities, impressive reactivity and a souped-up resolution and image quality.

Enhanced imagery for expanded use and sharper results

The product resolution is now 1.5m, meaning buildings are correctly identified and man-made features are better delineated. Moreover, thanks to the 12-bit pixel depth, objects in shadows of buildings, trees and mountains are easier to detect, as well as pale-colored elements in very light or bright environments. The geolocation accuracy of collected images is also better. With such performances, entire country maps can be updated for scales of 1:25,000 and even 1:15,000. Another important SPOT 6 improvement compared to SPOT 5 is the addition of the blue spectral band, making photointerpretation and classification easier.

Thanks to improved payload features and ground segment design, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 imagery now become real substance for a large spectrum of applications.

Mapping


Bishkek - Kirghizistan - SPOT5

Bishkek - Kirghizistan - SPOT6
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Additional benefits

  • Feature extraction – 2D / 3D stereo plotting
  • Geometric accuracy : up to 1,2m CE90 with accurate GCPs
  • Stereo & Tristereo capacities : Contour lines extraction
  • Rapid coverage: avoid seasonal effects on vegetation and water courses
  • Reduction of operational costs: acquisition strips up to 36,000 km² resulting in:
    - Less processing work over large areas (less GCP required)
    - Homogeneity along huge areas

Defence


Syria - SPOT5

Syria - SPOT6
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Additional benefits

  • Fresh and rapid global coverage
  • Optimization of VHR imagery selection focusing on strategic areas of interest
  • Geolocation accuracy <10m CE90 over more than 85% of land territories

Oil, Gas and Mining


Phalaborwa - South Africa - SPOT5

Phalaborwa - South Africa - SPOT6
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Additional benefits

  • Detailed design of engineering process at scale up to 1:15,000
  • Detailed structural and fracture analysis
  • Bedding dip and strike calculations
  • Geophysical survey planning and processing
  • Engineering survey (pipeline and facilities) planning
  • Precise environmental impact assessment

Agriculture


Mont Saint-Michel - France - SPOT 5

Mont Saint-Michel - France - SPOT 6
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Additional benefits

  • Access to intra-field information even for  small parcels <0.05ha
  • Reactive tasking : acquisitions at the right period of the cultural cycle
  • Blue band: improved discrimination of the crops
  • Textural information in addition to the multispectral analysis
  • More accurate characterization of the cultural conditions (biophysical parameters extracted from the images) 

Forestry


Rondônia - Brazil - SPOT5

Rondônia - Brazil - SPOT6
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Additional benefits

  • Anomalies detection, easier identification of forest degradation and illegal cuts
  • Track and control of legal forestry activities (localization of tracks below 4m width, distinction of wood storage areas, vehicles maneuver areas, operational facilities and camps…)
  • Measure green corridors and hedges with higher precision and detect isolated trees
  • Sharper zoning of natural areas

Environment


Nakuru Lake - Kenya - SPOT 5

Nakuru Lake - Kenya - SPOT 6
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Additional benefits

  • Increased detection capacity
  • Monitoring of large areas, and continuity with SPOT 5 archive
  • Sharper zoning of natural areas
  • Detection and analysis of environmental impact of human activities

Maritime Surveillance


Vladivostock - Russia - SPOT5

Vladivostock - Russia - SPOT6
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Additional benefits

  • 100,000 km² covered in a single pass  with ideal level of details for search and rescue operations
  • Reactive tasking until 2 hours before acquisition
  • Images delivery between 2 and 8h after acquisition
Features SPOT 6/7
Swath 60 km
Resolution 1.5m
Spectral bands
  • Pan: 450 - 745 nm
  • Blue: 450 - 520 nm
  • Green: 530 - 590 nm
  • Red: 625 - 695 nm
  • Near-infrared: 760 - 890 nm
Dynamic range 12 bits
Acquisition modes
  • Long strips, with a maximum length of 600km
  • Contiguous strips
  • Stereo collection
Geolocation accuracy Less than 20m CE90 without GCP and even 10m CE90 wherever Reference3D is available
(85M km²)

 

SPOT 6/7: Spot the Difference