Following the recent success of the first Soyuz launch from the French Spaceport in Guiana, Astrium Services’ GEO-Information division, a leading global provider of geo-information products and services, is pleased to inform its customers and partners that Arianespace has now set the launch date for Pléiades 1 on December 16th, 2011.
Pléiades 1 is the first component of a two-satellite system operated by Astrium Services. Pléiades will provide 50-cm optical products in record time, offering daily revisits to any point on the globe and acquisition capabilities tailored to meet the full spectrum of civil and military requirements. With 20km, the Pléiades satellites have the widest imaging swath in their class. The satellite’s extreme agility coupled with multiple acquisition modes makes the system very responsive to specific user requirements. In addition, automated production flowlines help fast delivery of ortho-rectified products.
Astrium Services expects Pléiades imagery and services to be commercially available next March, approximately 3 months after the launch.
4 satellites in the next two years
The launch of Pléiades realises the first step of a four-satellite true constellation combining a twice daily revisit capability with an ingenious range of resolutions. This upcoming constellation, operated by Astrium Services, is based on four satellites: Pléiades 1 and Pléiades 2, two very-high-resolution satellites delivering 50-cm ortho colour products as a standard, and SPOT 6 and 7, designed to extend SPOT 5’s success to the 1.5-m product family. Phased on the same orbit, the constellation will enjoy unprecedented reactivity, with intra-day revisit capacity in both resolutions anywhere on the Earth. Multiple tasking plans per day result in an unrivalled optimization of data collection: unforeseen weather changes, as well as last-minute requests, which can be taken into account for a first-class level of service.
With four optical and radar satellites in orbit and four new imaging satellites to launch over the next two years, Astrium Services, through its extensive geo-information range of products and services, is gearing up to bring its customers the best that space technology has to offer, ensuring continuity of service up to 2023.