Bora Bora in the eye of the new SPOT-6

A photo of the incredible Polynesian island of Bora Bora and its lagoon dream with a resolution of 1.50m! Three days after its launch, the satellite earth observation Spot 6 has delivered on 13 September the first image with high resolution and wide field a of photo Bora Bora taken over an area of 60 km by 60 km with a resolution to distinguish objects measuring 1.5 meters from an altitude of 694 km.

Even if this image was published in reduced resolution, we can distinguish fine detail, observing closely the strings of hotels and bungalows or boats and their wakes. Ditto for the airport runway to the north of the island. Spot 6, made by Astrium, a subsidiary of EADS, was launched last weekend by a PSLV from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. His twin brother Spot 7 will be launched in 2014 as his twin brother Spot 7, scheduled to be launched in early 2014, optical satellite Earth observation in high resolution will be responsible for ensuring the continuity of service satellites SPOT 4 and SPOT 5, respectively, in operation since 1998 and 2002. Spot 6 and Spot 7 satellites are called “agile”, which can move quickly to cover any point in an area of 1500 km around their position. “The constellation formed by Spot 6 and Spot 7 allow a daily revisit any point on Earth with a daily capacity of acquisition of six million square kilometers,” said Astrium.

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