Posted on September 12th, 2013

Monthly Update on Astrium GEO’s Countrywide 2.5-meter SPOTMaps

In this monthly article, we provide details on updates released each month to Astrium GEO’s 2.5-meter (m) SPOTMaps product. SPOTMaps is an orthorectified natural color imagery layer with coverage over more than 100 countries – and totaling more than 100 million square kilometers (sq km). For projects requiring a value-priced basemap better than what 15-m Landsat can offer, there is no other choice than SPOTMaps.

SPOTMaps Updates & New Areas – August 2013

A series of 1.5-meter SPOT 6 natural color images collected over Atlanta, Georgia, USA on January 22, 2013. If you would like to see this area in Pléiades 1 50-cm resolution as a comparison, please click here. In the coming months, SPOT 6 imagery will be used to create new SPOTMaps products. © CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved
  • Iceland is being added to the SPOTMaps database
  • One (1) market is currently in update:
    • South Africa

For those who have never worked with SPOTMaps, below is a summary of key product specifications as well as product differentiators.

Key Product Specifications

  • Resolution: 2.5-m
  • Spectral Bands: simulated natural color (RGB)
  • Horizontal Accuracy: 10 to 15-m RMSE (root mean square error)
  • Projection/Datum: UTM WGS84
  • Source Data: SPOT5 satellite imagery
  • File Format: GeoTIFF

Product Differentiators

  • Recent and ready for immediate delivery and integration with your GIS
  • Seamless, orthorectified coverage across countries and entire regions
  • Suitable for work up to 1:10,000 scale
  • Custom product framing with minimum orders of ~100 sq km
  • Product series is updated every month
  • Source data can be delivered with all SPOTMaps mosaics
  • Volume and academic discounts are offered
  • Multi-user licenses are available
  • In the coming months, new 1.5-meter SPOTMaps data made with natural color SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 imagery will be made available

The map below has been color coded to show the collection year which makes up the majority of each SPOTMaps mosaic as well as those markets that were updated this month. In addition, we have added symbols to each polygon to make it more visible for those who are color blind. An Apollo Mapping representative can provide more details on the specific year ranges used in each mosaic.

If you would like pricing details and/or additional product details, such as date ranges and accuracy specifications, please let us know at or (303) 993-3863.

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