The June Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park - Apollo Mapping
Posted on June 6th, 2023

The June Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park

In May, we looked at the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we’re heading to the American state of Hawaii to learn about the stunning Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.

About the Point of Interest: Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park is a rugged 6,175-acre nature perserve that runs along the northeastern coast of the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The park is known for its rough, strong geological features – sweeping green valleys, soaring seaside cliffs, and pristine beaches. The area is inaccessible to vehicles, and must be entered either by hiking in, or else by kayaking or paddleboarding in along the beach. Helicopters and boat rides also offer alternative ways to experience the park.

These two beautiful images of exhibit the lush, rugged landscape of the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park – marked by verdant valleys, red soils, steep cliffs, and azure waters. Image 1 was captured by 50-cm Pléiades 1B on January 17, 2023. Image 2 shows a similar location in the park and was captured by the 30-cm Pléiades Neo 3 satellite on November 26, 2021. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2022, Distribution Airbus DS.

Fun Factoids: (1) In Hawaiian, ‘Na Pali’ means ‘High Cliffs’ which is appropriate as the cliffs of the state park rise over 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in some places along the shoreline. (2) The island of Kawaii is the second oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Archeological excavations have shown that Polynesian inhabitants settled on the island as early as 200 A.D. (3) Nāpali was created to protect the Kalalau Valley, where these early Polynesian people lived. They created extensive, stone walled terraces to farm taro root in the valley. (4) Kauai is one of the wettest regions on earth, receiving between 25 and 30 inches of rain annually. Because of all the rain received in the area, Nāpali State Park has a spectacular amount of cascading waterfalls. (5) The most popular hiking train in Nāpali Coast Wilderness State Park is the Kalalau Trail. Originally built in the 1800’s, the trail is 11 miles long, crosses 5 different valleys and ends on the Kalalau Beach. The trail is known as one of the most beautiful and dangerous trails in the United States, and recommended only for experienced hikers.

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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