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Posted on March 5th, 2024

The March Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Chateau Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, France

In February, we looked at Franciacorta Karting Track in Italy. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we check out Chateau Chenonceau in Chenonceaux, France.

These two satellite images show how far the castle spans as well as its elaborate gardens with walking paths. The bridge that crosses over the river Cher can be seen here too. Image one is a 50-cm photo captured by Pléiades 1B on August 8, 2023. The second image is a 30-cm image captured by Pléiades Neo 3 on June 25, 2023. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2024, Distribution Airbus DS.

About the Point of Interest: The Château de Chenonceau is a French château stretching across the river Cher near the small village of Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire. The village sits in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area and is bordered on its northern edge by the Forest of Amboise. It is one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire Valley, which is a valley located in the middle stretch of the Loire river in central France. The estate of Chenonceau was first mentioned in writing in the 11th Century. The original château was set on fire in 1412 to punish the owner, Jean Marques, for an act of sedition. He rebuilt the château and added a fortified mill on the site in the 1430s. The current château was built between 1514 and 1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. The bridge over the river was built between 1556 and 1559 according to designs by the French Renaissance architect, Philibert de l’Orme. The gallery on the bridge, built between 1570 and 1576, followed designs from Jean Bullant.

Fun Factoids:  1) During the Great War, Chenonceau was converted into a military hospital. 2) During World War II, the great gallery of Chenonceau became the only access to the free zone. 3) It also became a clandestine passage for people fleeing the Nazis. 4) U.S. President Harry Truman toured the castle for his first visit to France. 5) The castle has been open to visitors since 1913. 6) After King Henry II died in 1559, his strong-willed widow and regent Catherine de’ Medici forced his mistress Diane de Poitiers to exchange it for the Château Chaumont. Queen Catherine then made Chenonceau her own favorite residence, adding a new series of gardens.

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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