SPOT is the French government sponsored civil Earth observation program, with support from Belgium and Sweden. A single SPOT satellite provides complete coverage of the Earth every 26 days. Image products from SPOT are handled by a commercial entity, SPOT-Image Corp. SPOT 5A and 5B are the next generation of this series. Spacecraft: This is the next generation SPOT spacecraft and no information is available , other than: 3-Axis stabilised, 150 Mbps downlink rate. Payload: New payload is planned to include the HRG (High Resolution Geometry) instrument. Each spacecraft will carry 3 HRGs, one looking forward, one looking down, and one looking aft. The system will provide 5 m resolution in the panchromatic band and 10 m resolution in the multispectral bands.
Launch with METOP/MSG #1 planned on Ariane 5. Total SPOT budget $ 5 billion. Needed $ 1150 million for 2 units , cut to $ 680 million for 1 unit in June 86. Alcatel payload contract $ 92.6 million on February 2 1995.
Design Life: 4 years.