Spot Image is the commercial operator of the SPOT system. As such, it is the link between users and the space segment operated by CNES.


The commercial operations ground segment (SSOC) is structured around a central hub in Toulouse, France, that receives data from stations in Toulouse and Kiruna, Sweden, and from a network of ten partner receiving stations.

The SSOC has been upgraded in readiness to receive SPOT 5 data. Major enhancements have also been made to improve programming efficiency, with a more responsive timing chart and faster catalogue updates, and to provide a uniform interface with network partner stations.


The SSOC comprises:

The SSOC is the interface between users and the space segment. As such, it:

Partner receiving stations are customers whose requests are centralized. However, they receive and process image telemetry directly.