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Spot 1


Designation 16613 / 86019A
Launch date 22 Feb 1986
Country of origin France
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 821/823 km
Inclination 98.7°
Period 101.3 min
Orbital cycle 26 days
Launch vehicle Ariane V16

Was returned to operational service on 13 Jan 1997 to fill the gap caused by the loss of Spot 3. Although the recorders have failed it can operate when in contact with a ground station. Still active on its 15th birthday!

External resources

sat-index articles

End of life

Out of service Nov 2003
Cause Decision was made to decrease its perigee to below 600 km so that it reenters atmosphere in 15 years

Technical data


CCD at 1728 points provided by Fairchild

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