Posted on September 3rd, 2019

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

In August we checked out a very historic cricket ground located on the other side of the ‘pond’ from us, and for this September Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we stay close to home for the site of an NCAA college football rematch between former Big 12 foes, Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


A 50-cm color image of Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, USA collected on April 23, 2019 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same college stadium collected on June 28, 2019. 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: Located within less than one mile from our corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, Folsom Field sits atop the hill that is University of Colorado’s campus with a prominent position overlooking the Boulder Creek below and the Front Range and Flatirons to the west. If you have never been to an event/game/wedding/etc. at Folsom Field we suggest you make the voyage to Boulder, Colorado, it’s truly an amazing town. Okay sorry for digressing, back to the history of Folsom Field which seems to have literally been planned and built in a single year according to this document. Originally opened in 1924 as Colorado Stadium with seats for 26,000 fans, it was renamed Folsom Field in 1944 when the beloved Coach Frederick Folsom passed away. Having lived in Boulder for nearly 20 years, we have seen the stadium grow with the town, with the last renovation complete in 2016 where the ‘bowl’ was closed on the north side. The current seating capacity of Folsom Field is 53,750 – if you would like a more detailed history of the venue, here is a nice read.

Fun Factoids: (1) In 2018, former Big 12 foes, the University of Colorado Buffaloes and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, revived their annual series with the Buffs defeating the Cornhuskers on the road. This year’s edition will be held at Folsom Field on Saturday September 7th – will the Buffs sweep the series? We hope so J (2) While Folsom Field hosted multiple music events in the 1970s, including several by the Grateful Dead, for 15 years the stadium was quiet other than the annual football season. All that changed in 2016 when Dead and Co returned to Folsom Field and they have been here each year since! The past two years have seen two-night tour-closing sets that lit up the Flatirons with the sounds of the Dead once more. (3) Folsom Field is the fifth highest stadium in college football at 5,360 feet (1634 meters).

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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