Quality of data matches the expected technical specifications.

The first images taken by the High Resolution Geometric (HRG) instruments aboard the SPOT 5 satellite were obtained on Tuesday 7th May. Initial analysis shows that the quality of the data matches the expected technical specifications. The satellite was launched on 4th May at 01:31 GMT.

The first images received in Toulouse, France Tuesday at 09:27 GMT were obtained in black and white over the city of Athens, 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. As the commissioning period continues, additional work with ground processing software and systems is expected to produce even higher quality images.

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 by the HRG, HRS and Vegetation sensors is continuing, and more images will be available in the near future. The DORIS orbit determination system is operating with 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 maneuvers will take place next week.