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Spot 5



Spot 5 is a French (CNES), Earth-imaging, three tonne satellite that was launched by an Ariane 42P rocket from Kourou at 00:31:00 UT on 4 May 2002. Its planar and stereoscopic relief images at about three meter resolution will be marketed for civilian and military uses, for cartographic and vegetation analyses. Panchromatic (at 2.5 m resolution) as well as multispectral images (at 10 m resolution) could be obtained. The position of the satellite, and hence the location of the images could be determined at 15 m accuracy by means of the DORIS position determination instrument. Extensive information on the instruments and data products is available via

Alternate Names

  • 27421
  • Spot5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-05-04
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 42P
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

Funding Agency

  • Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (French Guiana)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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