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Posted on April 2nd, 2019

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

In April we were in the Midwest’s largest city with the look at the site of a NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and for the April Pléiades 1 – SPOT 6/7 Stadium of the Month we travel east with a stop in the nation’s largest city and the site of an early season Major League Baseball tilt between the Yankees and the Red Sox, i.e. Yankee Stadium.

A 50-cm color image of Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, USA collected on August 23, 2018 by Pléiades 1B; and then a 1.5-m SPOT 7 image of the same stadium collected on July 7, 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: Located in the Bronx, New York, Yankee Stadium is truly one of the iconic sports ‘palaces’ in all of the world. Land for the original Yankee Stadium was built early in 1921 and just two years later, the stadium was ready for its April 18, 1923 opening day game against (of course) the Boston Red Sox. After many decades and millions of fans, it was time to replace the original Yankee Stadium with a new $1.6 billion project located kitty-corner to the original structure. Work on the new 47,422-seat Yankee Stadium commenced on August 16, 2006 with its opening day on April 16, 2009 against the Cleveland Indians. After nearly a decade in service, it was time to improve the new Yankee Stadium in 2017 which included many new roof decks and bars.

Fun Factoids: (1) There might be no better rivalry in baseball (perhaps even in sports) than the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry – and this is even coming from an Orioles fan! On April 16th and 17th, this series starts fresh again for 2019 with tickets for the 16th already topping $3000 per seat! (2) Before purchasing land in the Bronx, the original Yankee Stadium almost ended up in Manhattan between 136th and 138th on the upper west side of the island. (3) According to a 1957 news article, the largest attendance in the history of Yankee Stadium could have been on May 15th when televangelist Billy Graham drew over 100,000 fanatics.

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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