SPOT-5 Satellite Sensor (2.5m/5m) - Decommissioned

The SPOT-5 satellite sensor has been decommissioned as of March 31, 2015. SPOT-5 was successfully placed into orbit by an Ariane 4 from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou during the night of 3 to 4 May 2002. Archived SPOT-5 Satellite Imagery will remain available.

Thanks to SPOT-5's improved 5-meter and 2.5-meter resolution and wide imaging swath, which covers 60 x 60 km or 60 km x 120 km in twin-instrument mode, the SPOT-5 satellite provides an ideal balance between high resolution and wide-area coverage. SPOT-5 Satellite sensor was decommissioned on March 31, 2015.

Compared to its predecessors, SPOT-5 satellite offered greatly enhanced capabilities, which provided additional cost-effective imaging solutions. The coverage offered by SPOT-5 was a key asset for applications such as medium-scale mapping (at 1:25 000 and 1:10 000 locally), urban and rural planning, oil and gas exploration, and natural disaster management. SPOT-5's other key feature was the unprecedented acquisition capability of the on-board HRS stereo viewing instrument, which could cover vast areas in a single pass. Stereo satellite imagery is vital for applications that call for 3D terrain modeling and computer environments, such as flight simulator databases, pipeline corridors, and mobile phone network planning.

SPOT-5 Satellite Sensor Specifications

Launch Date May 3, 2002
Launch Vehicle Ariane 4
Launch Location Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guyana
Orbital Altitude 822 kilometers
Orbital Inclination 98.7°, sun-synchronous
Speed 7.4 Km/second (26,640 Km/hour)
Equator Crossing Time 10:30 AM (descending node)
Orbit Time 101.4 minutes
Revisit Time 2-3 days, depending on latitude
Swath Width 60 Km x 60 Km to 80 Km at nadir
Metric Accuracy < 50m horizontal position accuracy (CE90%)
Digitization 8 bits

Pan: 2.5m from 2 x 5m scenes

Pan: 5m (nadir)

MS: 10m (nadir)

SWIR: 20m (nadir)

Image Bands

Pan: 480-710 nm

Green: 500-590 nm

Red: 610-680 nm

Near IR: 780-890 nm

SWIR: 1,580-1,750 nm

San Francisco, California  USA  (5m)

Barmar  India  (10m)

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