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Posted on October 3rd, 2023

The October Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest – Gugenheim Museum Bilbao

In September, we looked at the geothermal Oyunuma Lake, part of Jigokudani Valley, Japan. This month for the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Point of Interest, we’re travelling to Spain to explore the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

These two images of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao capture the building in all its glory. Image one is a 50-cm photo was captured by Pléiades 1B on April 19, 2023. The second image is a 30-cm image captured by Pléiades Neo 4 on June 14, 2023. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2023, Distribution Airbus DS.

About the Point of Interest: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is located in Bilbao, Spain. The museum is an iconic landmark synonymous with incredible architectural design and the latest in contemporary art. The museum opened to the public in 1997, and quickly garnered international acclaim. The museum was designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, and stands along the bank of the Nervion River.

Fun Factoids: (1) Although the Guggenheim Bilbao contains remarkable works of art, the building itself might be the most extraordinary exhibit. Designed with titanium plates to create swirling, undulating forms, the structure is captivating and imposing. The visuals reflected in the titanium continually shift along with the daylight and weather conditions. (2) The remarkable success of the Guggenheim Bilbao is often referred to as the “Bilbao Effect” because of the significant impact the museum had on revitalizing the city’s economy and increasing tourism. The museum demonstrated the potential impact cultural institutions can have on urban development. (3) One of the most endearing and iconic works displayed at the Guggenheim Bilbao is a sculpture created by artist Jeff Koons called “Puppy”. The 43-foot sculpture, made from living flowers, was shaped like a West Highland Terrier. (4) The Guggenheim Bilbao prides itself in having an impressive contemporary art collection, featuring both permanent and temporary exhibitions. A list of current exhibitions hosted by the museum can be found here.

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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