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Spot 5


Designation 27421 / 02021A
Launch date 4 May 2002
Country of origin France
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 832 km, sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.7°
Period 101.4 min
Launch vehicle Ariane V151

The satellite and launch and associated expenses should total $400 million. Was flown to Kourou in the Airbus A300-600ST (Beluga), first time this plane flows to Kourou.

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Technical data


Prime contractor Astrium (was MMS)
Platform Spot Mk 3
Mass at launch 3030 kg
Mass in orbit  
Fuel mass 150 kg
Dimension 3.1 x 3.1 x 5.7 m
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power BOL: 2350 W
Design lifetime 5 years


Wavebands 0.50-0.59 µm (green)
0.61-0.68 µm (red)
0.79-0.89 µm (near IR)
1.58-1.75 µm (mid-IR)
Swath width 60 km
Resolution Monospectral: 2.5 m

Built by Alcatel Space


Wavebands 0.50-0.59 µm (green)
0.61-0.68 µm (red)
0.79-0.89 µm (near IR)
1.58-1.75 µm (mid-IR)
Swath width 120 km
Resolution Multispectral: 10 m

Built by Astrium. The HRS instrument is capable of acquiring two images of the same 120-km-by-600-km ground strip almost simultaneously, one forward and one aft of the satellite, to generate digital data for mapping of terrain relief in three dimensions.

Vegetation 2

Wavebands 0.43-0.47 µm (blue)
0.61-0.68 µm (red)
0.78-0.89 µm (near IR)
1.58-1.75 µm (mid-IR)
Swath width 2000 km
Resolution 1.15 to 1.7 km

Built by Alcatel Space.

The Doris payload is onboard.

Will have the same onboard recorders as Helios 2.

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