Eyes in the sky

With the advent of the space era, we humans caught our first glimpse of the world where we live as it really looks. By giving us the global picture, the first spacecraft extended our horizons and revealed Earth in a completely new light.

Today, Earth observation satellites are vital asset for science, industry and the military alike. Carrying ever-enhanced viewing instruments, they can acquire repeat coverage of vast areas systematically and yield very detailed images.

The SPOT satellites have set the standard for other civil Earth observation systems to follow. They allow us to pick out objects on the ground no larger than 10 metres-and soon only a few metres with SPOT 5-from images covering an area of 60 by 60 kilometres. Because their imaging instruments can be steered off nadir for oblique viewing, they can acquire imagery of an area of interest more frequently. And now, with SPOT 5, large-scale acquisition of stereopair imagery will become a reality.
The SPOT satellites offer an objective and detailed view, repeat acquisition and operational flexibility through daily satellite programming-key advantages that are closely adapted to users' requirements across a wide spectrum of applications including:

urban planning
forest management
natural disaster management
geology,oil and mineral exploration
water resources management
costal studies and oceanography
monitoring and surveillance

Find out more about SPOT applications at: http://www.spotimage.fr/accueil/appli/welcome.htm

SPOT 5 data offer users an easy way to access information of superior quality. The SPOT 5 Preparatory Programme has already shown how SPOT 5 is going to benefit and drive growth of applications, particularly in mapping and 3D visualization, agriculture, forestry, natural disaster management, telecommunications and urban planning.