Posted on April 5th, 2022

The Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Stadium of the Month – Zuiderpark

In March we found ourselves ‘down under’ at the site of a major women’s cricket event, and for the April edition of the Pléiades 1 – Pléiades Neo Stadium of the Month we head to Europe to check out the site of the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, i.e. Zuiderpark.


A 30-cm color image of Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands collected on November 19, 2021 by Pléiades Neo 3; and then a 50-cm Pléiades 1A image of the same stadium collected on March 23, 2020. Oh, and apologies for the cloud in the Pléiades Neo imagery but the archive is still growing! These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLÉIADES © CNES 2022. 

About the Stadium: Located south of the center of The Hague in the Netherlands, Zuiderpark is a large urban recreational area that covers some 105 acres. Built in 1936, the park takes its name from its location as Zuiderpark roughly translates to the, ‘southern park’. The park is used throughout the year, hosting concerts, festivals and many sporting events on its soccer and cricket fields, track and several indoor stadiums. The most recent addition is Sportcampus Zuiderpark which opened in June 2017 after several years of construction and some $61 million in costs. Sportcampus Zuiderpark actually stands on the location of the old home, i.e. Zuiderparkstadoin, of the local soccer team, the ADO Den Haag, which was demolished in 2007

Fun Factoids: (1) Originally planned for 2020 and canceled due to the COVID pandemic, Zuiderpark will host the 5th Invictus Games from April 16th to the 22nd. The Invictus Games are not about winning rather they are held to honor the strength and resolve of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who bravely served their countries. The 2022 Invictus Games will feature more than 500 athletes competing in ten events. (2) Zuiderpark is not only The Hague’s premier recreational facility, it is also one of its most widely used music venues, hosting a variety of festivals and concerts each year, including Parkpop which is the Netherland’s largest annual festival. (3) Zuiderpark features a model train depot with some trains large enough for people to sit on and ride! 

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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