SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 imagery

SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 form with the two Pleiades satellites a constellation of optical Earth-imaging satellites providing continuity and availability of high- and very-high-resolution data.

SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 draw on the successful heritage of previous generations of SPOT satellites to offer products at a resolution of 1.5 m.

The two identical Korsch imaging instruments on SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 afford a ground swath of 60 km and a daily revisit capability (viewing angle >45°, operated simultaneously on the two satellites).

Resolution

The SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 satellites acquire imagery at a resolution of 2 m at nadir in panchromatic (black and white) mode and 8 m at nadir in multispectral (colour) mode, with a dynamic range of 12 bits per pixel. Images are then resampled on the ground. Airbus Defence & Space and GEOSUD/DINAMIS distribute SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 products at a resolution of 1.5 m in panchromatic mode and 6 m multispectral mode.

Spectral bands

The five spectral bands are always acquired simultaneously.

• Panchromatic (PA): 0.450-0.745 μm
• Blue (B0): 0.450-0.520 μm
• Green (B1): 0.530-0.590 μm
• Red (B2): 0.625-0.695 μm
• Near-infrared (B3): 0.760-0.890 μm

Spectral combinations

Pan-sharpened
(PAN+XS or PAN+MS)
Multispectral
(XS)
Bundle
(PAN+XS)
Pan-sharpened
(PAN+XS or PAN+MS)
1.5 m
1 band
(black and white)

6 m
4 bands
(B, G, R, NIR)
1.5 m and 6 m
Acquired simultaneously
Co-registered

1  file PAN
1.5 m
1 band

1 file Multispectral  
6 m
4 bands
Merged product 1.5 m

Pan-sharpened
3 natural or false colour bands
or

Pan-sharpened
4 bands

Panchromatic (PAN)
• Single-spectral-band product
• Black and white
• 1.5-m resolution

Multispectral (XS)
• Four-spectral-band product (blue, red, green, near-infrared)
• Colour
• 6-m resolution

Bundle

• 1.5 m panchromatic (left) and 6-m multispectral (right) acquired simultaneously
• Delivered separately (not merged)

Panchromatic image

Multispectral imaged (zoomed x4)

Pan-sharpened

Pan-sharpened
Les produits PanSharpened combinent l’information visuelle des données multispectrales Pan-sharpening combines the visual detail of multispectral data with the spatial information of panchromatic data to provide a colour product at higher resolution (1.5 m).

Download the factsheet detailing SPOT-6/7 imagery features

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