Posted on January 5th, 2016

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

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 150 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 – December 2015

To date, more than 33,612,000 sq km of SPOTMaps1.5 data have been released with some 779,000 sq km in the past months alone.

1.5-meter SPOT 6 natural color images collected over The Float and the Singapore Sports Hub in this iconic city-state on August 28, 2015. If you would like to The Float 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
  • These countries are currently in production for the first time and will be added to the SPOTMaps1.5 database soon:
    • Afghanistan
    • Algeria (part of the country)
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad (part of the country)
  • These countries are currently being updated from SPOTMap1.5 Version 1 to Version 2:
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Saudi Arabia
  • 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:

  • SPOTMaps 1.5
    • Resolution: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
  • SPOTMaps 2.5
    • Resolution: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
This 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.
This 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.

Product Differentiators

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

  • 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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