Posted on November 6th, 2018

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

In October we checked out our first college football stadium of the season – this one in Michigan, and for this Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we travel to the Big 12 Conference with a look at the site of a crucial Oklahoma State University (OSU) – University of Oklahoma (OU) matchup, Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

And okay I have to admit (I being Brock who writes this series) that with time being more limited due to the launch of Map Mavin 2.0, the shorter Stadium of the Month format is here to stay, but hopefully you still enjoy the imagery and more limited information I provide here!


A 50-cm color image of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, USA collected on May 26, 2018 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on November 26, 2016. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2018, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2018.

About the Venue: The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is located on the north side of the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Norman, Oklahoma. The original OU football stadium hosted its first game in 1895; it was replaced in 1905 by Boyd Field and then on October 20, 1923 the football team opened Oklahoma Memorial Stadium with a win against Washington, Missouri. More commonly called Owen Field or The Palace on the Prairie, the stadium officially seats 82,112 and features a natural grass field. Even at 95 years old, Owen Field features all of the modern amenities visitors might expect to find at a power conference football field.

Fun Factoids: (1) Known as the Bedlam Series, the 2018 edition kicks off at Owen Field on November 10th with tickets currently (on October 17th) priced as high as $690 on Stubhub.com. While OU holds a definitive edge over OSU, even the record in the Bedlam Series is disputed due to the 1972 matchup. (2) The largest crowd in OK Memorial Stadium’s history was a November 22, 2008 matchup with Texas Tech which drew 85,646 fans – more than 3,000 over the stadium’s official capacity. (3) The original capacity of the stadium was just 500!

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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