Posted on July 13th, 2022

The Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Stadium of the Month – DRV PNK Stadium

Last month we were ‘deep in the heart of Texas’ with a look at a new soccer stadium in the state’s ‘weirdest’ city, and for this July edition of the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Stadium of the Month we check out another newer Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, this time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, i.e. DRV PNK Stadium.

A 30-cm color image of DVR PNK Stadium in Fort Lauerdale, Florida, USA collected on April 24, 2022 by Pléiades Neo 3; and then a 50-cm Pléiades 1B image of the same stadium collected on March 27, 2022. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLÉIADES © CNES 2022. 

A quick update here for our readers on the 30-cm Pléiades Neo constellation! As of now, plans are on track for Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 to launch in September with expected commercialization of the data by the end of 2022. When fully operational, the 30-cm Pléiades Neo constellation will collect some 2 million square kilometers of imagery per day with the ability to image locations twice per day.

About the Stadium: Located in a suburb of Miami about 28 miles (45 kilometers) north of the city, DRV PNK Stadium calls Fort Lauderdale, Florida home even though it is officially the current home stadium of the MLS team, Inter Miami CF. DRV PNK Stadium is built on the former site of Lockhart Stadium which was at one time home to a North American Soccer League team, falling into disrepair when the league dissolved in 2016. When Miami was granted its MLS expansion team in 2019, Inter Miami settled on the site as its future training ground once its own downtown stadium is built. The $60-million stadium opened on July 18, 2020 and will likely serve as Inter Miami’s home until 2025. In 2021, AutoNation bought naming rights to the stadium, calling it DRV PNK (i.e. drive pink) in support of the company’s breast cancer awareness efforts – but the amount of the deal has not been disclosed.

Fun Factoids: (1) DRV PNK Stadium will host an MLS matchup between Inter Miami and the Philadelphia Union on July 13th. At the time of drafting this article, Inter Miami sat near the bottom of the MLS standings while the Union were in third place. (2) DRV PNK Stadium features a Latitude 36 bermudagrass surface from Sod Solutions Pro which is touted to have shorter, finer blades for a quick rolling surface. (3) Apparently DRV PNK Stadium is not without its local controversy as residents of Fort Lauderdale are upset with Inter Miami ownership as a public park has still not been built around the newly constructed stadium.

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 years 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 [email protected].

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