Posted on November 3rd, 2015

Monthly Update on SPOTMaps – New 1.5-Meter Mosaics Have Been Released!

Caracas_Venezuela_11_19_2012_S6_150cmcolor_ENHANCE1.5-meter SPOT 6 natural color images collected over Cocodrilos Sports Park and the surrounding town of Caracas, Venezuela on November 19, 2012. If you would like to see this stadium in Pléiades 1 50-cm resolution as a comparison, please click here. These images have been processed by Apollo Mapping to improve their sharpness and color balance. © CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus Defense and Space / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved

In this monthly article, we provide details on updates to Airbus Defense and Space GEO’s SPOTMaps product. SPOTMaps is an orthorectified 2.5-meter (m) and now 1.5-m natural color imagery layer with coverage over more than 110 countries – totaling an impressive 135 million plus 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 Product Updates – October 2015

In October, there were no updates to the coverage available now nor to the regions in production. As such, you will see the same information here from last month’s update.

To date, more than 31,255,000 sq km of SPOTMaps1.5 data have been released with some 4,373,000 sq km in the past month alone.

  • These countries are currently in production for the first time and will be added to the SPOTMaps1.5 database soon:
    • Central African Republic
    • Pakistan (part of the country)
    • Sudan (part of the country)
  • These countries are currently being updated from SPOTMap1.5 Version 1 to Version 2:
    • Lebanon
    • Syria
    • Yemen
  • Production of SPOTMaps2.5 is complete now that SPOTMaps1.5 are being released.

For those who have never worked with SPOTMaps, below is a summary of key product specifications of the 1.5-m and 2.5-m versions as well as product differentiators.

Key Product Specifications

Here is a summary of the key product specifications of SPOTMaps1.2 and SPOTMaps2.5:

SPOTMaps1_5_Sept2015This map of SPOTMaps1.5 coverage shows the regions that have been released or updated recently as well as those currently in production. An Apollo Mapping representative can provide more details on the specific year ranges used in each mosaic.
  • SPOTMaps1.5
    • Resolution: 1.5-m
    • Spectral Bands: true natural color (RGB)
    • Horizontal Accuracy: 6 to 10-m CE90 (circular error 90%)
    • Projection/Datum: UTM WGS84
    • Source Data: SPOT6/7 satellite imagery
    • File Format: GeoTIFF
  • SPOTMaps2.5
    • 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

These are the product specifications that set apart SPOTMaps from its competition:

SPOTMaps - August 2013This map of SPOTMaps2.5 coverage has been color coded to show the collection year which makes up the majority of each mosaic as well as those markets that were added in the final month of production (i.e. August 2013). An Apollo Mapping representative can provide more details on the specific year ranges used in each mosaic.
  • Recent and ready for immediate delivery and integration with your GIS
  • Seamless, orthorectified coverage across countries and entire regions in 1.5-m and 2.5-m resolution
  • Suitable for work up to 1:10,000 scale
  • Custom product framing with minimum orders of ~100 sq km
  • Product series is updated nearly every month
  • Source data can be delivered with all SPOTMaps mosaics
  • Volume and academic discounts are offered
  • Multi-user licenses are available

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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