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Posted on January 7th, 2020

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

Our focus in December was a renovated college basketball arena, and for the first 2020 edition of the Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we travel to the other side of the world with a look at the site of the 2020 Australian Open, Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

A 50-cm color image of Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia collected on September 18, 2019 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium even collected on the same day!! These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2020, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2020.

About the Venue: Melbourne Park is the name given to a collection of three stadium tennis courts plus 37 surrounding outside courts. A part of the Melbourne Sport and Entertainment Precinct which is just east of downtown, Melbourne Park is comprised of Rod Laver Arena (opened in 1988 with a 14,820 seating capacity), Melbourne Arena (opened 2000, 10,500 seating capacity) and Margaret Court Arena (opened 1988, 7,500 seating capacity). Originally opened as Flinders Park for a cost of about $94 million, the name was changed in 1996 to give recognition to its home city.

Fun Factoids: (1) The Australian Open is the first of tennis’ four Grand Slams, scheduled for late January each year. Melbourne has hosted the event since 1905 (other than two years it was hosted in New Zealand), and last year’s edition broke the attendance record with 796,435 fans! (2) A new retractable roof was installed at Margaret Court Arena in 2015, it claims to be the world’s fastest, opening and closing in just five minutes. (3) Melbourne Park has a rich tradition of hosting both sports and music events, including Alice Cooper, Elton John, KISS and Lenny Kravitz in the next six months.

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

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