Astrium’s SPOT 6 qualifies for European Copernicus programme

Astrium’s SPOT 6 qualifies for European Copernicus programme

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France: Astrium has announced that Astrium Services’s SPOT 6 high-resolution satellite has been qualified by the European Space Agency (ESA) to take part in the Copernicus Earth observation programme.

Copernicus – known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) when it was founded in 1998 by the European Union and ESA – aims to provide a series of data obtained by observation satellites and in-situ measurement instruments, in order to produce a comprehensive global view of the state of our planet.

The qualification of SPOT 6 for Copernicus intensifies Astrium’s role in the programme, bringing to six the total number of Astrium Services satellites qualified so far by ESA.

SPOT 6 and its future sister SPOT 7 belong to a new generation of satellites operating in constellation with a considerably increased image-acquisition success rate, owing to both their agility and their capacity for regular daily updates on programming plans and weather forecasts.

Source: Astrium