Pléiades Neo

Reshaping the Earth Observation Market

In 2020 four new very high resolution satellites, called the Pléiades Neo constellation, will join the already world leading Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites. They will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in the market thanks to their direct access to the data relay communication system, known as the SpaceDataHighway*.

This first batch of four optical and very agile satellites will double the number of visits per day anywhere on Earth and offer a re-tasking rate which is five times higher than previous constellations. Each satellite will be adding half a million km² per day at 30cm resolution to Airbus’ offering. These images will be streamed into the OneAtlas on-line platform, allowing customers to have immediate data access, analytics and correlation with Airbus’ unique archive of optical and radar data.

The four satellites will be equipped with reactive Ka-band terminals that will allow last minute tasking updates, even if the satellites are beyond their ground stations’ line-of-sight. This is an important asset for our customers, when it comes to the assessment of natural disasters and first line response for civil and military applications.

Key Benefits:
  • Pléiades Neo will be the first commercial constellation to be equipped with the SpaceDataHighway technology
  • Increased monitoring capability and operational efficiency
  • Multi-mission capabilities and large-scale image processing
  • Entirely funded, manufactured, owned and operated by Airbus

*The SpaceDataHighway, also known as the European Data Relay System (EDRS), was developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus, and actually benefits to the Sentinel satellites of the European Union’s Copernicus programme.