New Earth observation satellites used by SA activated

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) announced the activation of the high-resolution SPOT 6 and 7 National Mosaics and ortho-bundle data on 5 June.

These earth observation satellites are deployed in a small constellation and feature a resolution of 1.5 meters.

SPOT 6 was deployed on 9 September 2012, and SPOT 7 was deployed into the same orbit on 20 June 2014. The two satellites replace a single satellite, SPOT 5, which was decommissioned at the end of March 2015.

“We are very excited to harness the potential benefits of the SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite imagery products to further address national issues, including tackling food security, agricultural issues, energy, rural development, and urban planning, especially at local government level,” said SANSA CEO Sandile Malinga.

“SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are crucial decision-supporting tools for South Africa. The Defence, Intelligence, and Police departments will benefit greatly from their highly responsive sensors that increase acquisition capacity and simplify data access.”

Update: SANSA has issued a statement to clarify that the SPOT satellites do not belong to them, and that South Africa will just be making use of the satellites.

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