The world’s first very-high-resolution constellation

Pléiades 1B today delivered its first image. Phased 180° in the same orbit, Pléiades 1A and Pléiades 1B form a constellation that now affords a daily very-high-resolution revisit capability.

This unique very-high-resolution orbital configuration marks a new level in service quality. The ability to acquire imagery every day from any point on the globe is vital where a quick operational response is required. In the event of a crisis or natural disaster, Pléiades is the ideal solution for planning relief and rescue operations.

The satellites’ daily revisit capability also means more effective change detection. For example, it is now possible to activate daily tasking to track progress of civil engineering works, monitor an industrial facility or keep an eye on mining operations.

The two-satellite constellation brings a twofold increase in global acquisition capacity, ideal for mapping large areas that can be covered twice as quickly. It also doubles the chances of acquiring cloud-free imagery.

With 50-cm products delivered in record time and multiple acquisition modes to add to this daily revisit capability, the Pléiades constellation offers new opportunities for detailed Earth observation to serve a broad spectrum of precision applications such as site monitoring, disaster response support, urban mapping or more effective natural resource management.

The world’s first very-high-resolution constellation