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Posted on February 6th, 2024

The February Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Franciacorta Karting Track, Italy

These two images feature Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy. We love the serpentine pattern the track makes with its inner paddock, the winner’s circle and the winding path it takes. We can see two more tracks here, a small practice one and another used for the school. The images also are visually appealing with the colorful changes in each tract of land ranging from tans to rich green hues. Image one is a 50-cm photo was captured by Pléiades 1A on October 6, 2023. The second image is a 30-cm image captured by Pléiades Neo 4 on August 11, 2023. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2024, Distribution Airbus DS.

In January, we looked at Shree Muktinath Temple in Mustang, Nepal. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we check out Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy.

About the Point of Interest: Located in Castrezzato, Italy, in the province of Brescia’s Franciacorta region, the Franciacorta Karting Track is a 1,300-meter car and motorcycle racing track set apart from others with its fast sections, technical sections, and by the slope variations of the track. The region is known not just for its kart racing, but also for its bounty of vineyards found between Lake Iseo and Brescia.

Fun Factoids: (1) Franciacorta Karting Track offers Karting School, special events, and more. (2) The Karting Track has a restaurant with coffee and breakfasts for morning racers; snacks, a gourmet sandwich shop and a restaurant for lunch and dinner, all which can be eaten on the covered terrace; then in the evening, the area is transformed into a meeting place offering music, burgers, beers, and craft ice cream. (3) Franciacorta Karting Track recently opened a hotel with 11 rooms and a view of the Franciacorta hills. (4) The track is home to the FIA Karting World Championship.

The 50-cm 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 and Pléiades Neo for your next geospatial projects.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a well-established 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 both of these satellite constellations.

The 30-cm Pléiades Neo High-Resolution Satellite Constellation

Pléiades Neo is our newest high-resolution satellite constellation. The first Neo satellite went up in April 2021 and the second in August of the same year. This 30-centimeter resolution constellation will add two more satellites in the next few months and upgrade from daily to intraday revisits. Pléiades Neo has six multispectral bands with 1.2-meter resolution, including a deep blue and two infrared bands, along with a 30-centimeter resolution panchromatic band.

The archive is growing every day, and the satellites are available for new collections, making Pléiades Neo the perfect solution for site monitoring. Check out our beautiful sample images in the Pléiades Neo gallery.

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1 can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the Pléiades Neo constellation.

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

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