Imagery satellite SPOT-4 is part of the second generation of satellites in the SPOT series. This was an important development upon previous SPOT satellites due to its inclusion of a ‘Vegetation‘ instrument. This instrument obtains data from four distinct spectral bands and has provided continuous worldwide crop monitoring between March 24, 1998 and Jan, 29, 2013.


With a 10-20m Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) and a revisit time of 26 days, SPOT-4 has helped agronomists monitor crops throughout the year for the entire period of its operation but still offers data important to monitoring longer term land-use change.
  • SPOT-4 Satellite Imagery - Gobi desert, Mongolia
  • SPOT-4 Satellite Imagery - Maalhosmadulu atoll, Maldives
  • SPOT-4 Satellite Imagery - Puyehue Volcano, Chile
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Parameter SPOT-4
Orbit Altitude 822km
Spectral Bands Nine spectral bands (500-1750nm) with one panchromatic (10m), three visible (20m), one near-infrared (20m), one SWIR (20m) and four vegetation bands (1000m)
Swath Width 60km
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) 10 – 20m
Launch/Life Expectancy 1998 - 2013
Revisit Time 2-3 days
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