Posted on April 2nd, 2013

Monthly Update on Astrium’s High-Resolution Satellite Constellation, Pléiades 1

The Pléiades 1 constellation (or at least part of it!) has been in orbit since December 2011 and if you have not had a chance to check out any sample imagery, take a few moments and have a look at the gallery on our website. If you work with high resolution imagery, you should consider Pléiades 1 for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a growing archive and as a new collection, including 50-centimeter (cm) pansharpened imagery and 50-cm panchromatic – 2-meter (m) 4-band multispectral bundles. We are happy to discuss the technical specifications, pricing and tasking options available with this new satellite constellation as Pléiades 1A has been joined in space by its twin, Pléiades 1B, which is now fully operational.


P1B_Augusta_GA_50cmnatcolor_3_10_2013_I© CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

Working with Pléiades 1 for the past year plus, we have noticed that:

  • Astrium is able to deliver on their tasking feasibilities.
  • The data is crisp with excellent color saturation so that it is on par with competitors’ 50-cm satellites.

Recent Tasking Successes with Pléiades 1

Now that the Pléiades 1 constellation is active in space, we can only imagine how quickly tasking requests will be filled on this high resolution satellite constellation. The vast majority of our new collections have been filled in well under a month with only Pléiades 1A, and in fact many of them have been filled with 15% or less cloud cover data even in historically cloudy areas such as the forests of Central American and the coastline of Oregon.

Now that Pléiades 1B is operational, the constellation features daily revisits to every location on the planet with 2 million square kilometers of daily collection capacity. In the past month, we were able to collect cloud free imagery over Indonesia during the Monsoon season and then nearly cloud-free imagery in central India – both collections took less than two weeks from order confirmation to data delivery!

Pléiades 1 Sample Imagery

This month we feature stunning sample imagery collected by Pléiades 1B over Augusta, Georgia on March 10, 2013 just several weeks ahead of the 77th Masters Tournament at August National Golf Club. We Photo Enhanced this 50-cm natural color imagery to improve its colors and sharpness and the results speak for themselves.

Our Contact Details For More Information About Pléiades 1

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about the high resolution satellite constellation, Pléiades 1. We can be reached anytime at (303) 993-3863 or

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here.

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