Pléiades Neo Satellite

Pléiades Neo is Airbus’ first 30-cm high-resolution satellite constellation collecting 6-band MS.

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Pléiades Neo Satellite Imagery Samples

Pléiades Neo 30-cm Natural Color – Shanghai, China (Early Demo Image)
Pléiades Neo 30-cm Natural Color – Rome, Italy (Early Demo Image)
Pléiades Neo 30-cm Natural Color – New York City, USA (Early Demo Image)
Pléiades Neo 30-cm Natural Color – Tuscon, USA (Early Demo Image)
Pléiades Neo 30-cm Natural Color – Athens, Greece (Early Demo Image)

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The Pléiades Neo Advantage

1 Million Sq Km Per Day
Between Neo 3 and Neo 4, the Pléiades Neo constellation captures up to 1 million sq km of 30-cm imagery every day. This figure will double in 2022 when the full constellation of four satellites is in orbit.

6-Band Multispectral
Not only does Pléiades Neo have 30-cm resolution, it also provides six 1.2-m multispectral bands, including deep blue, blue, green, red, red edge and near-infrared.

Daily Revisits
When the entire Pléiades Neo constellation is in orbit, it will be able to image anywhere on the planet twice per day.

Fully Commercial
Since Pléiades Neo reserves 100% of its capacity for commercial sales, clients won’t get muscled out by government contracts, thereby increasing the size of the 30-cm Neo imagery archive and shortening collection times.

Overview & HistoryPléiades Neo SpecificationsPricing

Pléiades Neo is the first constellation of four identical 30-centimeter (cm) satellites owned and operated by Airbus Defense and Space. Neo 3 launched on April 29, 2021 from Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana and was followed soon after by Neo 4 on August 17th. Neo 5 and Neo 6 are scheduled to launch in 2022. All four Pléiades Neo satellites will be on the same orbit, phased 90 degrees from each other – allowing for two revisits per day across the globe. By the end of 2022, the Pléiades Neo constellation will collect up to 2 million square kilometers (sq km) of imagery a day with a 14-kilometer swath width.

Along with the 30-cm panchromatic band, Pléiades Neo boasts six 1.2-meter (m) multispectral bands, including deep blue, blue, green, red, red edge, and near-infrared. Pléiades Neo is entirely open to commercial clients, with no government ownership of tasking time, thereby increasing its collection capacity.

Launch Details
  • Launch Date: April 29, 2021, 01:50 UTC (PNeo 3); August 17, 2021, 01:47 UTC (PNeo 4)
  • Vehicle: Arianespace Vega rocket
  • Site: Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana
  • Expected Mission Life: at least 10 years for each satellite

Pléiades Neo 3/4 Components
  • Satellite Mass: ~ 907 kg
  • Solar Array: dual-wing Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) panels, 150 Amp-hour (Ah) battery
  • Control Systems:
    • 3-axis stabilized
    • Actuators – four control movement gyros (CMGs)
    • Altitude determination – three star-trackers
    • Orbit determination – GNSS receiver
  • Onboard Storage Capacity: 14 terabytes (TB), solid state mass memory
  • Ground Communication Systems:
    • Imagery downlink – X-band, 2 channels, physical downlink rate of 1,124 Mbps
    • TT&C link – S-band, 2 antennas, uplink rate of 32 kbps and downlink rate of 533 Kbps
  • Optical Sensor Assembly:
    • NAOMIX camera, Korsch telescope with 3 folding mirrors
    • Aperture – 910 mm (SNR)
    • Focal length – 25.2 m (magnification)
  • Focal Plane:
    • Single pushbroom linear array, TDI instrument
    • Camera – 12 detectors (6 panchromatic, PAN; 6 multispectral, MS)
    • Detectors: PAN – 8,016 pixels, 12 µm detector size; MS – 2,004 pixels x 6, 48 µm detector size
    • Image size: PAN – 48,096 pixels (8,016 x 6); MS – 72,144 pixels (2,004 x 6 x 6)

Orbit Characteristics
  • Altitude: 620 km
  • Period: 97.2 minutes
  • Inclination: 97.9°
  • Constellation Configuration: Pléiades Neo operates as a genuine constellation with all four satellites on the same orbit, phased 90° from each other
  • Direction: sun-synchronous, north to south (across the lit side of Earth)
  • Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:30 AM local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • Maximum Constellation Revisit Frequency: (assumes full 4 satellite constellation)
    • Daily, anywhere (30° off nadir)
    • Twice daily, anywhere (46° off nadir)

Imaging System
  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 6-band multispectral (blue, green, red and near infrared [NIR] plus deep blue and red edge)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 30-cm panchromatic & 1.2-m multispectral
    • 20° off-nadir – 33-cm panchromatic & 1.34-m multispectral
    • 30° off-nadir – 39-cm panchromatic & 1.54-m multispectral
    • 45° off-nadir – 56-cm panchromatic & 2.26-m multispectral
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 450 to 800
    • Deep blue – 400 to 450
    • Blue – 450 to 520
    • Green – 530 to 590
    • Red – 620 to 690
    • Red-edge – 700 to 750
    • NIR – 770 to 880
  • Dynamic Range: 12-bits

Collection Capabilities
  • Footprint Width: 14 km (at nadir), 19.68 km (30° off-nadir)
  • Viewing Angle: ± 52°
  • Pointing Agility (roll/pitch): 10° in 7 seconds, 30° in 12 seconds, 60° in 20 seconds
  • Single Satellite Maximum Collection Geometry:
    • Target collection – image multiple targets (1 and 2): up to 13 targets within a 100 x200 km area, in a corridor of +/-30 degrees
    • Strip mapping – large mosaics in a single pass (3): up to 70 x 110 km in the same pass (7,500 km²)
  • Retargeting Ability: up to 13 targets in a 100 x 200 km region with +/-30° off-nadir
  • Slew Time: 200 km in ~10 seconds
  • Daily Collection Capacity: up to 500,000 sq km per satellite, per day
  • Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: < 5-m CE90 (global average, dependent on terrain); expected 3.5-m CE90 with refined orbit data

Below is the least expensive Pléiades Neo data offered. Prices increase for new collections and data processing. Note that academic and volume discounts are available.

  • Data Source: archive
  • Minimum Order Size: 25 sq km (per area & date)
  • Product Type: georeferenced + natural color, 4-band or 6-band
  • Price Per Sq Km: $22.50 (more detailed pricing can be found here)

For an exact quote, please contact our Sales Team at [email protected].

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