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Posted on December 3rd, 2013

The Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month – Waiehu Golf Course

It’s cold here in the US or if nothing else the days are shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere, and many of us are dreaming of summer already. In recognition, we use this stop on the Pléiades 1 Golf Course of the Month to tour a course on the sunny and warm Hawaiian Islands. Nestled along the white sand beaches of Maui between the small towns of Waihe’e ad Waiehu is the public 18-hole links, Waiehu Golf Course.

Opened in 1945, the course sits on 174.1 acres of prime ocean-front realty. Waiehu Golf Course is considered one of Hawaii’s two public courses of note. It plays Par 72 at 5,478 yards from the women’s tees and then 6,330 yards from the men’s. The course is situated around a central hill with prevailing winds coming off the ocean that golfers must contend with.

From the sixth, seventh and eighth holes, golfers are greeted by views of azure waters with the well-known Wiahe’e Reef in the distance. While you are waiting for a browser tab to load to book a flight to Maui, check out this 50-cm color Pléiades 1 image!

A 50-cm color image of Waiehu Golf Course on Maui, Hawaii collected October 25, 2012 by Pléiades 1A. To see this course in 1.5-meter resolution as a comparison, check out this month’s feature on SPOTMaps. Image photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. © CNES 2012, Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved.

The Pléiades 1 High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

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.

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.

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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