Posted on October 5th, 2021

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

In September we checked out the site of a Week 1 National Football League (NFL) game, and for this month’s edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we stick with the theme of early season games, traveling to the Midwest to the site of an early National Basketball Association (NBA) matchup, Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


A 50-cm color image of Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin collected on April 4, 2021 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 6 image of the same stadium collected on October 10, 2020. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2021, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2021.

About the Stadium: Fiserv Forum is centrally-located in downtown Milwaukee just a stone’s throw (about 1 mile or 2 kilometers) from the shores of Lake Michigan. The idea for a new NBA arena housing the home team Milwaukee Bucks started to catalyze in 2013 after then NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, toured the Bradley Center noting it did not meet league standards. By 2015, the Wisconsin governor and legislative branches as well as the City of Milwaukee approved funding for Fiserv Forum. Construction on the $524-million arena broke ground on June 18, 2016 and was completed about two years later, opening on August 26, 2018. The naming rights to the 17,341-seat stadium were sold in 2019 to Fiserv for approximately $150 million over 25 years.

Fun Factoids: (1) The regular season of the NBA opens at Fiserv Form on October 19th with a high-powered tilt between two favorites out of the Eastern Conference, the Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets. (2) Fiserv Forum is home to the Bucks but it also hosts a variety of events, up to 200 per calendar year, including Marquette University men’s basketball home games, MMA and major concerts. (3) The Buck’s arena is the first major sporting facility to achieve bird-friendly status by reducing the number of see-through and highly reflective windows.

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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