Posted on January 4th, 2022

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – T-Mobile Center


A 50-cm color image of the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO, USA collected on June 23, 2021 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on July 13, 2021. These images have custom processing and color balancing applied by Apollo Mapping. PLEIADES © CNES 2022, Distribution Airbus DS. SPOT © Airbus DS 2022.

Last month we were in our nation’s capital (well at least close by it) with a look at their professional football stadium, and for the first 2022 edition of the Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we head to Kansas City for a look at the site of an early season matchup in Men’s NCAA Division I basketball, i.e. the T-Mobile Center.

About the Stadium: If you know anything about Kansas City, it is a major American city that straddles the border between Kansas and Missouri, with most of the population and downtown areas actually located on the Missouri side. T-Mobile Center is located in the Power and Light District about 1.5 miles (2.3 kilometers) east of the border in Missouri. Construction on the $198-million entertainment venue started on June 24, 2005 and was managed by M.A. Mortenson. T-Mobile Center was an integral part of the city’s effort to revitalize the downtown corridor in the 2000’s, opening its doors on October 10, 2007. The arena has a flexible seating structure that can vary from 17,297 seats for arena football to 19,252 seats for concerts. In 2020, T-Mobile purchased the naming rights to the arena, which was originally called the Sprint Center, through at least 2032 for $1.7 million a year – or $2.5 million a year if a professional sport team is secured as an anchor tenant.

Fun Factoids: (1) The T-Mobile Center was the site of an early season NCAA Men’s basketball matchup between the UTEP Miners and the U Kansas Jayhawks on December 7th. But to be fair, the reason we choose this arena is, well, it’s really cool looking with a glass panel outside; hopefully it looks just as good in the image samples!  (2) The T-Mobile Center has helped Kansas City secure more than $8 billion in revitalization investment in the downtown corridor. Since its opening, the venue has welcomed more than 12 million visitors to 100+ ticketed events per year.  (3) The glass exterior of the T-Mobile Center features 2,204 panes of glass that reflect light both day and night.  (4) While the arena does not have a permanent tenant from any of the major US sports, it is used nearly every week, for example featuring James Taylor, Keith Sweat and Elton John over the next few 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 [email protected].

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