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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - HRV -
Full Name High Resolution Visible Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CNES Maturity
Instrument Type High resolution optical imagers Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology High resolution optical imager Sampling Imaging
Data Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications 2 HRV instruments provide 60 x 60 km images for a range of land and coastal applications.
Resolution Summary 10 m (panchromatic) or 20 m
[Best Resolution: 10m]
Swath Summary 117 km (i.e. 60 km + 60 km with 3 km overlap) - steerable up to ±27 deg off-track
[Max Swath: 117 km]
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary VIS: B1:0.5 - 0.59 µm, B2:0.61 - 0.68 µm, NIR: B3:0.79 - 0.89 µm, Panchromatic: VIS 0.51 - 0.73 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Landscape topographyLand surface topography 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Fire area 
Land surface imagery 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessIceberg fractional cover 
Iceberg height 
Surface temperature (land)Fire temperature 
VegetationVegetation type 
Land cover 
Instrument Missions
SPOT-1 - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre - 1 (1986 - 2001)
SPOT-2 - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre - 2 (1990 - 2009)
SPOT-3 - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre - 3 (1993 - 1996)
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