SPOT 6 [Astrium]
SPOT 6 and 7 (Satellite Probatoire de l'Observation de la Terre) are two agile Earth observation satellites to continue the services of the SPOT 4 and 5 satellites.
Both satellites offer 2 meter resolution data in a 60 kilometer by 60 kilometer swath, and improved agility with twice the design life of previous SPOT satellites.
The satellites feature two NAOMI (New AstroSat Optical Modular Instrument) instruments, high-resolution pushbroom imagers based on a Korsch-type telescope designed and developed at EADS Astrium SAS. The imager provides imagery of 2 m in Pan and four multispectral (MS) bands of 8 m multispectral.
The satellites are coorbital with the high resolution Pléiades-HR satellites.
In December 2014 Airbus struck a deal with Azerbaijan's Azercosmos, which gets access to Airbus's Spot-6, Pléiades-HR 1 and 2 optical satellties and TerraSAR-X / TanDEM-X radar satellites and transfers ownership of Spot-7, renamed Azersky, to Azercosmos.
|Nation:||France (#6, 7); Azerbaijan (#7)|
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Operator:||Spot Image (EADS Astrium) (#6, 7); Azercosmos (#7)|
|Equipment:||2 × NAOMI (Pan: 2 m, MS: 8 m)|
|Configuration:||AstroSat-500 Mk.2 (AstroBus-L)|
|Propulsion:||Monopropellant hydrazine thrusters|
|Power:||3 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||677 km × 679 km, 98.24° (#6); 642 km × 659 km, 98.26° (#7)|
|SPOT 6||2012-047A||09.09.2012||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with PROITERES, mRESINS|
|SPOT 7 → Azersky||2014-034A||30.06.2014||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with CanX 4, CanX 5, AISat 1, VELOX 1, VELOX P3|