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France’s SPOT 6 satellite transmits first earth imagery

France: Just three days after its launch on September 9, France’s SPOT 6 satellite has transmitted first earth imagery. Astrium Services has posted the first images from SPOT 6 satellite on its website.

SPOT 6 has transmitted images of Bora Bora island of French Polynesia. The island is surrounded by a wide lagoon and a fringe of coral reef, with an extinct volcano in the centre. Bora-Bora is a popular tourist destination, chosen for its bungalow hotels dotted along the lagoon.

Astrium built SPOT 6 was launched by a PSLV launcher from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. SPOT 6 is an earth observation satellite offering optical high-resolution capabilities. Like its twin SPOT 7, which is slated for launch early 2014, SPOT 6 has a 60-km swath and will serve imagery products with a resolution down to 1.5 metres. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 will ensure service continuity of SPOT 4 and SPOT 5 satellites, which have been operating since 1998 and 2002 respectively. The constellation SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 will actually provide a daily revisit everywhere on earth with a total coverage of 6 million km² per day.

Source: Astrium