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Posted on November 7th, 2023

The November Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Venice, Italy

In October, we looked at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we’re travelling to Italy to explore the incredible island of Venice!

These two images feature the Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark’s Square, in Venice. They showcase St. Mark’s Basilica and then Doge’s Palace on the right side of the images. Image one is a 50-cm photo captured by Pléiades 1B on October 20, 2022. The second image is from 30-cm Pléiades Neo 4 collected on October 13, 2022. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2023, Distribution Airbus DS.

About the Point of Interest: Venice is a city in the northeastern Veneto region of Italy. The city spans a group of 118 small islands, which are separated by water and canals. The many islands are spanned by over 400 bridges, making the islands passable to pedestrian traffic. Founded in the 5th Century, Venice was a great financial and maritime power during the late medieval and renaissance eras in Europe.

Fun Factoids: (1) Venice is famous for romantic gondola boat tours through its canals. Gondolas are traditional, flat-bottomed rowing boats, propelled by a gondolier. There are approximately 400 gondoliers in Venice today (compared to nearly 10,000 as recently as two centuries ago), and the boats are used almost exclusively by tourists. (2) Elena Lucrezia Piscopia, the first woman in the world to receive a university degree, was born in Venice on June 5, 1646. (3) Venice is home to many incredible works of art created over the centuries. Artists like Canova, Titan, Bellini, and Jackson Pollock all have works that can be viewed in the city. (4) Venice and its lagoon are a UNESCO world heritage site. (5) The Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Square, is the main public square in Venice. The eastern end of the square is monopolized by St. Mark’s Basilica. The massive, stunning building is attached to the Doge’s Palace, both of which are popular tourist destinations. (6) Venice is such a popular tourist destination that in 2024, the city plans to experiment with a tourist entry fee to help mitigate the flow of tourist traffic. The population of Venice has decreased by half in the last 50 years; in fact there are some experts who believe that by 2030, Venice could be a ghost town, receiving tourists by day, but having no residents.

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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