Astrium's SPOT 6 ready for launch

SPOT 6 will be launched on 9 September 2012
Credit: NASA

Astrium's SPOT 6 hi-resolution Earth observation satellite will be launched on Sunday 9 September 2012 at 05:21 (BST, 09:51 local time) from Sriharikota in India. SPOT 6 has a 60-km swath and will deliver imagery products with a resolution down to 1.5 metres. The satellite will stay on orbit for 10 years. Like its SPOT 7 twin SPOT 6 is designed and built in Toulouse by Astrium Satellites. Both satellites will be operated by Astrium Services, alongside the two Pléiades satellites which are on the same orbit. The four satellites will form a constellation offering multi-resolution products in record time, providing an ever-better service for its customers.