30 Years of Earth Observation by SPOT and Pleiades

On 22 February 1986, the Ariane 1 launcher placed Europe’s first Earth Observation satellite, SPOT 1, into orbit. To mark this anniversary, take a look back at 30 events over the past 30 years, as seen by the SPOT and Pleiades satellites.

With the launch of SPOT 1, the French space agency CNES kicked off an ambitious technological project built around a number of European scientific, economic and industrial stakeholders. SPOT 1 was originally designed for a service life of 3 years and supplied more than 2.7 million images of the whole world for a variety of applications. Each subsequent satellite generation offered increased observation capacity, providing reliable information to meet the needs of the users. SPOT satellites have covered the emerged surface of the Earth more than 700 times over the past 30 years, setting a record for high-precision surveillance of our constantly changing planet. Today, 30 years after SPOT 1, Airbus Defence and Space’s SPOT 6/7 constellation ushers in a new era with daily revisits of all points on the globe and unparalleled coverage of national territories.

To mark this anniversary, take a look back at videos of 30 events which have marked these past 30 years, as seen by satellite. They demonstrate Airbus Defence and Space’s ability to adapt to the diversity of user requirements and application markets: coverage of wide areas, targeting of details, long-term surveillance of a region, or delivery of urgent images in just a few hours. For 30 years, we have been satisfying your emergency management, environmental protection, land use planning, agriculture, energy and mapping needs.
 

30 Years of Earth Observation by SPOT and Pleiades

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