NamesSPOT 7[1]
Mission typeHigh-resolution earth observation satellite[2][3][4]
COSPAR ID2014-034A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.40053Edit this on Wikidata
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space[5]
Start of mission
Launch date30 June 2014[5]
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle[5]
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Center, India[5]
End of mission
Declared20 April 2023[6]

Azersky was an Earth observation satellite with a high-resolution[2][3][4] of 1.5 m. It was Azerbaijan's first Earth observation satellite. It was launched into orbit in June 2014.[7]

The satellite was originally named SPOT 7 and developed by Airbus Defence and Space as a part of their SPOT series. SPOT 7 was successfully was handed over to Azercosmos on December 2, 2014, and renamed as Azersky[8][9][10][11] The satellite ceased operations in April 2023.[6]


The satellite had a predicted lifespan 12 years.[12]

The wide application areas of Azersky satellite include defense, security, emergency situations, exploration of natural resources, maritime, environmental protection, urbanization, mapping, agriculture, tourism and others.[13][14][15]

It had a resolution of 1.5 m for Panchromatic and 6 m for Multispectral. It had 1 Panchromatic and 4 Multispectral bands (green, blue, red, near-infrared). The image scene had a minimum 60X60 km and a maximum 60X600 km. It orbits at an altitude of 694.9 km. The revisit is 2 days (45°). It is at an inclination of 98.2° (Sun-synchronous). [1]

Launch and operation

The agreement between Azerbaijan and France was signed at the 20th Anniversary Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference, Bakutel 2014 with the participation of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.[16] By obtaining the first symbolic image from Azersky satellite, the President launched the commercial activity of the satellite. According to the agreement signed between the two parties, Azersky belonging to Azercosmos and SPOT 6 belonging to Airbus Defence and Space will be used in the form of satellite collection.[17]

End of mission

In April 2023, communication with the satellite was lost.[6]

See also


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  2. ^ a b "New satellite control center built in Azerbaijan". Geospatial World. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  3. ^ a b "Three countries to get Azersky satellite imagery". 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
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  6. ^ a b c "Communication with Azerbaijan's satellite was lost". Azernews. April 30, 2023.
  7. ^ "Azercosmos | Iaf". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
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  11. ^ "AzerSky satellite to help monitor agricultural crops in Azerbaijan". 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
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  13. ^ "Delta Telecom - National Communication operator". Archived from the original on 2022-05-02. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  14. ^ Sheldon, John (2018-09-21). "Azerbaijan To Sell Satellite Imagery From AzerSky". SpaceWatch.Global. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  15. ^ "Azercosmos holds workshop on use of Azersky satellite imagery for defence and security purposes".
  16. ^ "Azercosmos commissions Azersky observation satellite". 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  17. ^ "Airbus Sells In-orbit Spot 7 Imaging Satellite to Azerbaijan". 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2020-04-08.