Posted on May 7th, 2019

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – Stadion Miejski Tychy

Last month we checked out the site of an early season matchup between two bitter rivals in MLB’s AL East, and for the May edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we travel over the Atlantic Ocean to one of the six stadiums hosting FIFA U-20 World Cup matches, Stadion Miejski Tychy in Tychy, Poland.


A 50-cm color image of Tychy Stadium in Tychy, Poland collected on June 1, 2018 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on November 11, 2018. 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: Stadion Miejski Tychy (or Tychy Stadium) is a dark-roofed football (soccer for our American readers J) venue located in the southern Polish town of Tychy. Research on Tychy Stadium is a bit complex given most of the websites with information are in Polish, either way it appears that the current version of the venue replaced a stadium that had stood in the same location since 1970. After several unsuccessful tender attempts, Mostostal Warszawa was selected to construct the new Tychy Stadium. Construction took approximately two years, with the new venue opening July 18, 2015 after some $35 million in costs. The second version of Tychy Stadium holds some 15,150 rabid football fans.

Fun Factoids: (1) Tychy Stadium is one of six sites selected to host Poland’s first FIFA tournament, the U-20 World Cup. It will host a number of group and knockout phase matches including its first match on May 24th between Qatar and Nigeria out of Group D. (2) Tychy Stadium is home to the football team, GKS Tychy, who were in tenth place at the time of writing this article. (3) This is a pretty sweet drone video of the new stadium apparently recorded the night before it opened!

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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