Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre - Follow-on
Series of two operational satellites, for high-resolution land observation.
Commercial programme: SpotImage as part of the Astrium Division of EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) responsible of design, development and operations.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 10 years.
The satellites exploit sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30.
System redundancy implemented through four satellites in coordinated orbits: SPOT-6. SPOT-7, Pléiades-1 and Pléiades-2.
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Selected images are stored onboard and downlinked to stations in Kiruna and Toulouse.
Real-time downlink to a network of appointed acquisition stations in X-band.
All data concentrated to the Centre d'Archivage et de Prétraitement (CAP) for processing and distribution.
2012 - 2024
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre - Follow-on
(2012 - 2022)
(2014 - 2024)