Last June Airbus Defence and Space's SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite was launched successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. The first images from SPOT7 were released three days after the launch,
Today SPOT 7 was commercially launched, making its high-resolution imagery available to all users. SPOT 7 joins Airbus's constellation of SPOT 6, Pléiades 1A & 1B, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X Earth observation satellites. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 cover wide areas with a resolution of 1.5m. Pléiades 1A and 1B offers 50 cm resolution. TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X can dependably acquire 25 to 40 cm resolution as well as wide-area radar images independent of weather conditions.
With SPOT7 the acquisition capacity of the Airbus constellation has reached six million square kilometres per day. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are phased 180° on the same orbit as the Pléiades constellation, thus combining wide-area collection with the ability to image and revisit point targets the same day. The Airbus constellation makes it possible to view every day, every point on the globe in both high-resolution (1.5 m) by a SPOT satellite and in very high-resolution (50 cm) by a Pléiades satellite.