A live webcast and up-to-the-minute reports of the observation satellite can be viewed at the following site.

The launch window for the SPOT 5 Earth observation satellite opens May 3 at 9:31 PM Eastern Standard Time (May 4 at 1:31 GMT). A live webcast and up-to-the-minute reports can be viewed, courtesy of Arianespace, at the following site. 5 represents a quantum leap in technology, which will drive the ongoing evolution of the SPOT's global business, and innovations throughout the geospatial information industry. SPOT 5 provides the ability to capture digital imagery of up to 5600 square miles of Earth at resolutions of 2.5m, 5m and 10m; map highly accurate global elevations for 3D visualization; and provide daily coverage of the entire Earth at 1km resolution.