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SPOT 6, 7 / Azersky

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)
Contractors: EADS Astrium
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
Lifetime: 10 years
Mass: 712 kg
Orbit: 677 km × 679 km, 98.24° (#6); 642 km × 659 km, 98.26° (#7)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
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


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