Monthly Update on Astrium’s High Resolution Satellite Pléiades 1A - Apollo Mapping
Posted on February 7th, 2013

Monthly Update on Astrium’s High Resolution Satellite Pléiades 1A

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Pléiades 1A 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 1A for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1A 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.

Working with Pléiades 1A for the past months, we have noticed that:

  • The imagery archive is already growing and is well targeted.
  • 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 1A

Now that Pléiades 1A has been joined by its twin in space, we can only imagine how quickly tasking requests will be filled on this high resolution satellite constellation. In general, the vast majority of our new collections have been filled in well under a month, 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.

Once Pléiades 1B is operational, the constellation will feature daily revisits to every location on the planet with 2 million square kilometers of daily collection capacity – to say that this constellation will be able to collect huge areas of land in high resolution is a vast understatement!

Pléiades 1A Sample Imagery

This month we feature stunning sample imagery collected by Pléiades 1A over Perth, Australia on September 23, 2012. 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 1A

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

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

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2 responses to “Monthly Update on Astrium’s High Resolution Satellite Pléiades 1A”

  1. Bill Turner says:

    Keep us on your distribution list.

  2. Bill Turner says:

    Keep your eyes open for upcoming declassification of U.S. military drone imagery.

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