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18 Sep 2012
This stunning image of the island paradise Bora-Bora is the first captured from the new Earth observation satellite SPOT 6.
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Spot 6 image of French Polynesian Island Bora-Bora.
Credit: Astrium Services.
The satellite, built and operated by Astrium, has relayed its first images three days after launch. This 1.5-metre-resolution image of Bora-Bora was taken over a 60-km swath. It may be complemented by images taken by the very-high-resolution satellite Pléiades 1A. The wide swath images from Spot 6 and the smaller coverage yet higher level of detail from Pléiades 1A may work to complement each other.
Through its GEO-Information services, Astrium is recognised as one of the leaders in the geo-spatial information market. The UK is a world leader in Earth observation, with an exceptional science community building the next generations of satellites and analyzing the wealth of data available to give new insights into our planet.
Data from Earth observation satellites can be provided to a range of customers for security, agricultural, mining operations, natural resources management, and to protect the environment.