Pléiades 1B confirmed for launch on 30 November 2012

  • The Pléiades 1B Earth-imaging satellite will be orbited 23:02 on 30 November from Kourou atop a Soyuz launcher
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The gantry slides back and frees the pad for Soyouz launch © CNES 2011

Soyuz VS02 launcher carrying Pléiades 1A

Toulouse, France – 27 November 2012

Astrium Services is pleased to confirm to customers, partners and the remote-sensing industry that Pléiades 1B will be launched on Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:02 pm Kourou local time (Saturday, 1 December 2:02 UTC).

The second satellite in the Pléiades constellation will be orbited by a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The official broadcast of the launch will be ensured by Arianespace at

Once Pléiades 1B has joined Pléiades 1A in orbit, they will form a constellation of identical twin satellites operated by Astrium Services.

The two satellites will be phased 180° on the same orbit to ensure delivery of 50-cm products with daily revisits to any point on the globe.

This unique very-high-resolution configuration will offer civil and military users faster imaging of areas of interest, a regular surveillance capability and a twofold increase in coverage.

A constellation of 4 satellites en route to orbit

The launch of Pléiades 1B marks the third step in the formation of a constellation of four satellites combining a double daily revisit capability and an ingenious range of resolutions.
From 2014, this constellation will comprise Pléiades 1A and Pléiades 1B, delivering 50-cm imagery products, and SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, designed to assure continuity of service after SPOT 5 and to supply high-resolution data products (1.5 m). SPOT 6 was launched on 9 September 2012.

Astrium Services is the exclusive distributor of data and geo-information products from this unique constellation.

Through its GEO-Information business, Astrium Services is recognized as one of the leaders in the geo-spatial information market, not least thanks to the now fully integrated skills and resources of the former Spot Image and Infoterra. The company provides decision-makers with complete solutions enabling them to increase security, boost agricultural performance, maximize oil & gas or mining operations, improve their management of natural resources, and protect the environment. It has exclusive access to data from the SPOT, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X and Pléiades satellites, coupled with a complete range of space-based data sources and airborne acquisition capability allowing it to offer an unrivalled scope of Earth observation products and services. This extensive portfolio covers the entire geo-information supply chain, from the generation of images to the provision of high added-value information to end-users.
By leveraging the synergies and expertise available across the whole of Astrium Services, its GEO-Information teams develop innovative, yet competitive, custom-made solutions based on the combination and integration of Earth observation, navigation and high-end telecommunications.


Pléiades 1B confirmed for launch on 30 November 2012

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