Toulouse, France – Astrium Services posted the first images from the SPOT 6 satellite, just three days after its launch on Sep. 9.

SPOT 6 will assure continuity of data from the series of satellites operating since 1986, along with many technological innovations. Its responsiveness and acquisition capacity are set to benefit a broad spectrum of operational applications.

These first images present very varied landscapes, highlighting SPOT 6’s potential for applications like urban and natural resource mapping, or agricultural and environmental monitoring. The wide imaging swath (60km), identical to that of the other SPOT satellites, makes SPOT 6 a tool for covering vast territories, while its 1.5m resolution - against 2.5m on SPOT 5 - enables it to distinguish smaller features than before.

In January 2014, the arrival of SPOT 7 will bring new services including daily revisits. Together, the SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 constellation will assure continued availability of high-resolution, wide-area products through to 2024.

The first SPOT 6 images can be viewed in the image gallery on Astrium GEO-Information Services’ website, and subscenes can be downloaded via FTP.

The FTP address for downloading is: ftp://ftp.astrium-geo.com/spot6/
For more information about SPOT 6, see www.astrium-geo.com/