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SPOT (Satellite Probatoire d'Observation de la Terre)

SPOT 4

SPOT 4.


SPOT (Satellite Probatoire d'Observation de la Terre) is a civilian Earth observation program, sponsored by the French government with support from Belgium and Sweden. A single SPOT satellite provides complete coverage of the Earth every 26 days and produces images with a resolution of up to 10 meters. Image products from SPOT are handled commercially by SPOT-Image Corp. All the SPOT satellites were launched from Kourou and measured approximately 3.5 meters in length with a maximum diameter of 2.0 meters.


spacecraft launch date launch vehicle orbit mass (kg)
SPOT 1 Feb 22, 1986 Ariane 1 821 × 823 km × 98.7° 1,830
SPOT 2 Jan 22, 1990 Ariane 4 821 × 823 km × 98.7° 1,837
SPOT 3 Sep 26, 1993 Ariane 4 821 × 823 km × 98.7° 1,907
SPOT 4 Mar 24, 1998 Ariane 4 824 × 826 km × 98.7° 2,755