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Posted on January 10th, 2023

The January Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – The Supertree Grove

In December, for our first edition of this new series, we took a look at India’s stunning Taj Mahal. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we’ll be traveling to Singapore to explore the Supertree Grove.

These images of the Gardens by the Bay showcase the lush greenery of the garden. The Supertrees are visible in the left halves of both images. Image 1 is a 30-cm Pléiades Neo 3 image that was captured on October 15, 2021. Image 2 is 50-cm resolution, captured by Pléiades 1B on April 4, 2022. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2022, Distribution Airbus DS.

About the Point of Interest: Singapore’s Supertree Grove is part of a 250-acre nature park called Gardens by the Bay, alongside the Marina Reservoir. The park has welcomed over 87 million visitors since it opened to the public in October 2011. Gardens by the Bay features three separate gardens, Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Each of the gardens features spectacular attractions, but the most popular is the Bay South Garden, which opened on June 29, 2012. The Bay South Garden houses the Flower Dome (the largest glass greenhouse in the world), the Cloud Forest (which contains the worlds’ largest indoor waterfall), and the Supertree Observatory. The Supertree Gove contains 18 tree-like structures that stretch between 82 and 160-feet tall. The mechanical forest acts as a vertical garden and is fitted with a solar photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into energy. The energy created is used to light and water to the gardens inside the trees.

Fun Factoids: (1) We chose to focus on Gardens by the Bay and its Supertree Grove because it’s just so darn cool! (2) 7 of the 18 Supertrees are designed to harvest solar energy. (3) The Supertree Grove contains an observatory and an open-air rooftop deck. In the observatory, visitors see a digital experience about climate change, while on the rooftop they can take in unobstructed view of the gardens and Singapore’s cityscape. (4) Each night, the Supertrees are illuminated in the Garden Rhapsody show, during which the titanic trees light up in synchronicity to music. (5) The Supertrees’ vertical gardens are home to more than 162,900 plants!

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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