After 177 months in service and having collected 6,811,918 images, SPOT 4’s mission was brought to an end by CNES and Astrium on January 11, 2013. In compliance with the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), in June CNES will begin the long process of de-orbiting SPOT 4 for a re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere at some point within the next 25 years.
In the meantime, SPOT 4 is being given a new lease on life as a key element of the Take Five mission from February to May. The aim of this mission managed by CNES is to pave the way for the future Sentinel-2 mission. The ESA family of Sentinel satellites is set to replace the Envisat satellite and meet requirements for GMES services.
SPOT 4 was launched on March 24, 1998 and acquired its last image on January 11, 2013 of the region of Mendoza in Argentina, with its vineyards and fruit orchards in the Andean foothills. During its operational lifetime, SPOT 4 served chiefly to collect crop statistics, forecast yields, monitor environmental risks and support precision agriculture.
SPOT 4 Satellite Image - Mendoza Province, Argentina - January 11, 2013
SPOT 4 Undertakes New Mission Before Being De-Orbited