Posted on June 6th, 2017

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


1.5-meter SPOT 6 natural color images collected over Wrigley Field and the surrounding metro of Chicago, Illinois, USA on September 14, 2015. If you would like to see this stadium in Pléiades 1 50-cm resolution as a comparison, please click here. © CNES 2017, 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 (and growing) 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 – June 2017

To date, more than 50,068,000 sq km of SPOTMaps1.5 data have been released with some 649,000 sq km in the past month alone.

  • These countries (or parts of them) are currently in production and will be added to the SPOTMaps1.5 database soon, or will be updated versions of basemaps that are already available:
    • Sweden
    • Thailand
  • 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
    • 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
    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.
  • 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
    • More than 108 million sq km of SPOTMaps2.5 were produced!

Product Differentiators

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.

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 sales@apollomapping.com or (303) 993-3863.

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