Posted on October 2nd, 2018

The Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month – The Big House, Michigan Stadium

During September we checked out a popular music event in a remote part of the United States, and for this Pléiades 1SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we return to a sports theme, checking out the site of a crucial Big Ten college football matchup between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan at Michigan Stadium, more commonly called the Big House.

And as we mentioned last month, the author of this piece is still in the midst of recovering from wrist surgery so this will be a short but sweet look at the Big House!


A 50-cm color image of The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA collected on May 25, 2018 by Pléiades 1A; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 6 image of the same stadium collected just a day earlier on May 24, 2018! 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: Michigan Stadium, or affectionately referred to as the Big House, is located on the campus of the University of Michigan in picturesque Ann Arbor. Officially opened for Big Ten football on October 1, 1927, the Big House has grown in capacity over the years, from just 72,000 in 1927 to 107,601 since 2015. Once featuring a natural grass field, from 1969 to 1993 and then again from 2003 to the present, the Big House featured artificial turf; and in 2018, the FieldTurf installed in 2003 was replaced.

Fun Factoids: (1) On October 13, 2018, the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin football teams will face off at the Big House with the winner of the game surely getting a huge boost on their resume to play in the National Championship playoffs. (2) According to Wikipedia, the Big House is the second largest stadium in the world, second only to Rungrado First of May Stadium we featured here in the past. (3) When constructed in 1927, the Big House cost just $950,000 to build which is just over $13 million by today’s standards, what a deal! (4) The University of Michigan installed an electronic scoreboard in 1930, making it the first stadium in the world to feature a digital game timer.

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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