SPOT-5 Satellite Imagery and Sensor Characteristics - Remote Sensing
SPOT-5 Satellite Imagery and Sensor Characteristics

Satellite Imaging Corporation acquires and provides SPOT-5 satellite imagery worldwide.

SPOT-5 in Orbit

About the SPOT-5 Satellite Sensor

The SPOT-5 Earth observation satellite 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.

The VEGETATION 2 passenger instrument on SPOT-5 also provides continuity of environmental monitoring around the globe, like its predecessor on SPOT-4.

SPOT Image Corporation is composed of four subsidiaries, including an office in Germany and a dense global network of receiving stations, channel partners, and distributors. Satellite Imaging Corporation is an official distributor for SPOT Image Corporation.

Compared to its predecessors, SPOT-5 offers greatly enhanced capabilities, which provide additional cost-effective imaging solutions. Thanks to SPOT-5's improved 5-metre and 2.5-metre 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. The coverage offered by SPOT-5 is 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 is the unprecedented acquisition capability of the on-board HRS stereo viewing instrument, which can cover vast areas in a single pass. Stereo pair 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 Characteristics

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)

SWI: 20m (nadir)

Image Bands

Pan: 480-710 nm

Green: 500-590 nm

Red: 610-680 nm

Near IR: 780-890 nm

Shortwave IR: 1,580-1,750 nm

Archived and New SPOT-5 Imagery

For many image requests, a matching image can already be located in the archives of SPOT-5 imagery from around the world. If no image data is available in the archives, new SPOT-5 satellite image data can be acquired through a satellite tasking process. Besides providing image data, Satellite Imaging Corporation also performs many tasks in the background to ensure that we meet customer specifications and time schedules. We:

  • Negotiate the attainment of archived or new images
  • Process imagery, including orthorectification, DSMs, DTMs, and culture and terrain extraction for GIS
  • Incorporate third-party United States and international GIS data
  • Consult on band combinations most appropriate to bring out the geographical and manmade features that are most relevant to your project
  • Perform spectral analysis for landcover use classifications and environmental changes