SPOT 7 In-Orbit Testing Runs Smoothly
SPOT 7 has already completed several major milestones of the calibration phase, which confirmed the excellent image quality performances. Since August 5th, images collected are added to the catalogue. The start of commercial operations will take place in just a few weeks. Together with SPOT 6 and Pléiades 1A/1B, SPOT 7 will open up opportunities for new applications, providing the fresh images within an unprecedented time frame.
SPOT 6 & 7 Constellation, a New Era for the SPOT Family
SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 provide a higher resolution, improved programming reactivity and an increased volume of daily image acquisitions. The constellation is thus ready to take up the baton and significantly improve the capacity and performances offered by SPOT 5, in operation since 2002 and for which commercial service is scheduled to end during the first quarter of 2015.
Faster Access to Targets
The SPOT 6 & 7 constellation now provides a daily revisit everywhere on Earth with:
More opportunities to collect cloud-free images, particularly for areas with complex weather conditions and for applications with a critical time frame (e.g. acquisition period consistent with growth stages).
Four weather forecasts are received each day and are automatically integrated into the tasking process, increasing priority where cloud conditions are better.
Optimisation of the satellite resource to increase success rate over cloud-free areas
Unique Surveillance and Monitoring Capability
The SPOT 6 & 7 constellation is designed to cover wide areas in record time, making it possible to regularly detect changes for many applications such as
Land cover evolution
Urban expansion monitoring
Thematic and topographic map updating
Increased Coverage Capacity
With SPOT 6 & 7, the time to cover a large area is divided by 2!