The first Spot 5 image

Press Release From: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2002

The first views taken by the High Resolution Geometric (HRG) instruments aboard the CNES Spot 5 satellite were obtained on Tuesday, 7th May. Initial analysis shows that the quality of the data matches the expected technical specifications.

The first images received in Toulouse today at 09:27 GMT (11:27 French local time) were obtained in black and white over the city of Athens in Greece. Using the new processing facilities installed at Spot Image, a 2.5 m resolution image was produced using two 5 m resolution images sampled according to the Supermode technique.

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In-orbit commissioning of the new satellite is proceeding as planned. The other instruments of the payload, High Resolution Stereoscopic (HRS) and Vegetation, have also been switched on and are working perfectly. Imaging using the three instruments is continuing, and more images will be made available during the coming days. The DORIS orbit determination system is operating with an excellent precision.

An important step has also been accomplished: the first orbital adjustment to bring Spot 5 towards its final orbit at an altitude of 832 km. The remaining manoeuvres will take plCP3next week.

The Spot 5 satellite has been developed by CNES in cooperation with Belgium and Sweden, with Astrium as prime contractor. Alcatel Space has contributed numerous equipment systems and is the prime contractor for the Vegetation instrument. Spot Image distributes Spot products throughout the world.

For further information:

Spot Image – Communication
Anne-Marie Bernard
Tel : + 33 (0)5 62 19 40 10

E-mail :

CNES – Press service
Eliane Moreaux
Tel : +33 (0)5 61 27 33 44
E-mail :

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