Posted on July 9th, 2019

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Audi Field

In June we checked out the ‘park’ where the New York leg of the Triple Crown is held each year, and for this patriotic July edition the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we head to our nation’s capital with a visit to their home football (the other football folks…) stadium, Audi Field.


A 50-cm color image of Audi Field in Washington, D.C., USA collected on April 20, 2018 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 6 image of the same soccer stadium collected on May 2, 2018. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2019, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2019.

About the Venue: After several failed attempts, in July 2013 the city of Washington DC and the local football (okay fine, soccer) team, the D.C. United, came to an agreement to redevelop an old municipal building south of the capital-area in Buzzard Point into Audi Field. Construction of the new stadium broke ground on February 16, 2017 and was completed on July 9, 2018 in time for its inaugural game between the D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 14th. The $400-million plus project has room for 20,000 fans and features a Northbridge bermudagrass field. About 2-kilometers (1-mile) south of downtown Washington D.C., Audi Field is located on prime real estate as the local housing market has heated up, perhaps that is why D.C. United is interested in funding a mixed-use development close to the stadium?

Fun Factoids: (1) At the time this article was drafted, D.C. United sat atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings, making the Fourth of July home-field tilt with FC Dallas even more important! (2) D.C. United fans are within 2.4 meters (8 feet) of the pitch and with a 35 degree incline to the stands, even those in the last row are as close to the field as they can be. (3) Audi Field features one of the few playing fields that can be seen from outside of the building – find out more fun facts about the stadium’s design here.

The 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 for your next geospatial project.

A variety of Pléiades 1 products are available from both a growing 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 this satellite constellation.

The SPOT Medium-Resolution Satellite Constellation

The SPOT medium-resolution constellation consist of seven satellites launched from 1986 to 2014 with the most recent additions, SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, launching in 2012 and 2014 respectively. SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 are twin satellites offering 1.5-m panchromatic and 6-m 4-band multispectral data with a massive footprint at 60-kilometers (km) wide. For projects requiring recent archive coverage or rapid new collections of medium-resolution data, SPOT 6/7 should be one of your top imagery sources!

More sample images and technical information about Pléiades 1A and 1B can be found on our website here; while the same can be found here for the SPOT constellation and specifically about SPOT 6/7.

The Apollo Mapping sales team can answer any questions you might have about Pléiades 1 and/or any of the SPOT satellites. We can be reached at (303) 993-3863 or sales@apollomapping.com.

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