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Posted on April 6th, 2021

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

During the past month we checked out the site of March’s favorite sporting event (well okay, maybe it’s just my favorite March event!), and for this edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we head to Major League Baseball’s (MLB) newest ballpark, Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.


A 50-cm color image of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA collected on December 4, 2020 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on January 26, 2021. 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: Globe Life Field is located on a 13-acre lot just south of the old home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Park, and just to the east of AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Arlington is conveniently situated nearly equidistant from both Dallas and Fort Worth making it an ideal location for stadiums that server the greater metro region. An agreement between the City of Arlington and the Rangers was approved on May 24, 2016 with groundbreaking by HKS on August 24, 2017. Construction was completed just 30 months later at a cost of $1.2 billion, opening on May 29, 2020 for a high school graduation. With some 40,300 seats, Globe Life Field is one of the smaller ballparks in the MLB with its capacity ranking just 22nd out of 30 parks. Globe Life features a Shaw Sports Turf BK1 Baseball System field which was designed to mimic natural grass and to reduce stress on ball players’ bodies.

Fun Factoids: (1) Globe Life Field had the unfortunate luck of opening during the COVID-plagued 2020 season on July 24th. It was a game between the Rangers and the Colorado Rockies which was won 1-0 by the home team. This also means that no fans have ever seen a game played at Globe Life during its short life time – how strange! (2) The insurance company Globe Life extended their naming-rights agreement with Rangers on August 24, 2017 through the 2048 season for a reported $11 million annually. (3) The Rangers blamed their recent low annual attendance figures on Dallas-Fort Worth’s hot and rainy summers so Globe Life features a 5.5-acre retractable roof – the largest in a single panel version in the world – that can open in just 12 minutes with 223 clear panels in the center. (4) While Globe Life Park, the old home of the Rangers, still stands today – mainly used for practice during these socially-distanced times – it will likely be demolished in 2022 and replaced with parking.

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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