Posted on October 6th, 2020

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

Last month we checked out the historic site of an American Civil Rights battle in honor of the late great Congressman John Richard Lewis, and for the October edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we pivot back to our more traditional series on sports stadiums with a visit to an expected Week 6 National Football League (NFL) home game, Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.


A 50-cm color image of Bill Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, USA collected on September 20, 2019 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on October 29, 2019. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2020.

About the Stadium: Located about 9 miles (14.6 kilometers) from downtown Buffalo in the southern suburb of Orchard Park, which is at the eastern edge of Lake Erie, Bills Stadium is home to the NFL team, the Buffalo Bills. Bills Stadium was set to open the season as New Era Field but it appears the COVID-related financial crisis led the team to terminate the seven-year contract early. The construction of Bill Stadium took a bit over a year, starting on April 4, 1972 and opening for the 1973 NFL season on August 17th. The 71,621-seat stadium was renovated in 2013 at the cost of $130 million where three new scoreboards were added and concessions were significantly expanded among a variety of other improvements.

Fun Factoids: (1) Bills Stadium will host an October 15th Thursday Night powerhouse matchup between last year’s Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Buffalo Bills. Interestingly this is the same night the rescheduled 2020 NFL Draft will start. (2) The original stadium name, Rich Stadium, is one of the earliest examples of selling naming rights as Rich Products bought the rights in 1972 for $1.5-million over 25 years. (3) Bills Stadium has a long history of hosting major concerts with Lynyrd Skynyrd starting it off in 1974, and a COVID rescheduled performance from Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Poison will continue the tradition in 2021. (4) The stadium features an A-Turf Titan 50 artificial field that is made from recycled rubber and saves between a half million to a million gallons of water per year!

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 [email protected].

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