Asian Surveying & Mapping
Breaking News
Indian Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Fails in Maiden Launch Attempt
India’s new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle failed to orbit...
M2 satellite delivers Australia’s first high-res Earth observation images
A UNSW Canberra Space satellite mission, known as M2,...
Japan plans green transition road map for emissions-heavy industries
TOKYO -- Japan will outline steps for a green...
Mappls RealView by MapmyIndia Launched as Google Street View Competitor in India
Mappls RealView was launched by MapmyIndia in India on...
Earth Observation Drones Global Market to Surpass $18.2 Billion by 2032
The "Earth Observation Drones Market - A Global and Regional...
China’s Long March rocket launches 16 satellites
According to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, 16 new satellites...
Russia Fires Iranian Satellite Into Space, Prompting Spying Concerns
This is the moment Russia launched an Iranian space...
NEA AND SLA SIGN MOU TO SHARE GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM (GNSS)-DERIVED MOISTURE DATA FOR WEATHER MONITORING APPLICATION
Singapore – The National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Singapore...
UAE to develop SAR satellite constellation for remote sensing
The UAE Space Agency, on Monday announced a new...
China launches new group of remote sensing satellites
XICHANG - China successfully launched a new group of...

January 13th, 2017
Airbus Defence and Space Celebrates Five Years of the First Pléiades Satellite Launch

Five years ago, the very high-resolution satellite Pléiades 1A was launched from the Guiana Space Center, joined by its twin Pléiades 1B a few months later. This was the start of what is known as the Pléiades constellation, which makes it possible to create imagery product of every point of the globe at a 50cm resolution within a few hours and to guarantee a daily revisit, with more than one million km² acquired each day.

The Pléiades constellation has demonstrated its reactivity during the earthquake that rocked Ecuador on April 16, 2016, providing an image on the town of Pedernales in just four hours after being acquired. Immediately delivered to the local authorities, it enabled organizers to provide the various relief operations, and to carry out a rapid assessment of the damage.

The precision of the Pléiades imagery, coupled with the speed of acquisition over large regions, also played a key role in demonstrating the demolition of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria by the Islamic State in 2015 and thereby creating a consciousness for the need of preservation of this UNESCO world heritage site.

The two satellites, built and operated by Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of CNES (the French Space Agency), are the first European satellites to observe the Earth in very high resolution. Providing imagery products at 50cm resolution with a 20km swath, they are positioned 180 ° apart in a same near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 694 km. They also have remarkable agility which allows them to aim a point up to 1500 km on either side of their track. This gives them a fast zone-pointing capability and multiple shooting modes (stereo, mosaics, corridor, targets).