First Pléiades 1A imagery

Pléiades 1A returns its first images 3 days after being placed in orbit by a Soyuz launch vehicle on December 17, 2011. Several extracts are available to the public.


Extracts of the first images acquired by the Pléiades 1A satellite are made available to the public by the French space agency, CNES. These extracts can be downloaded to a FTP site. The precision of the 50-cm Pléiades products are clearly revealed on the urban landscapes of Paris, Madrid and San Francisco.

Pléiades 1A imagery - Paris - dec2011- ext

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

© CNES 2011
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The first image acquired by an Earth observation satellite is also the moment when, for the first time, the instruments on board and the ground segment are activated. The collection capability, which includes satellite tasking, image acquisition, data reception and pre–processing, is checked from end to end.

Over the next few months, Pléiades 1A will unveil its numerous innovations. Agility and reactivity are the new terms which now rhyme with Very-High Resolution imagery”

Patrick Le Roch Executive Director, Astrium GEO-Information Services

Mid-January, when the satellite will have reached its final orbit, the first Pléiades product will be released, with 50-cm resolution and 20-km ground swath, the broadest in its class. These features make them the ideal solution for detailed mapping and photo-interpretation.

First Pléiades 1A imagery - Casablanca - dec2011

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

© CNES 2011
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First Pléiades 1A imagery - San Francisco - Dec2011

Bay Bridge, San Francisco, USA

© CNES 2011
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