With Pléiades 1A in orbit and Pléiades 1B scheduled for launch in 2012, the Pléiades constellation provides very-high-resolution 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.
Details and Precision
Pléiades products supply detailed information about target areas and their surroundings:
50-cm resolution, colour, orthorectified imagery.
20-km ground footprint at nadir, up to 100 km x 100 km in strip mapping mode.
These features make Pléiades products the ideal solution for precision mapping and photointerpretation.
The Pléiades system is designed to rapidly deliver data, e.g. for emergency response:
The phased orbits of the constellation’s satellites offer daily revisits to any point on the globe.
Three satellite work plans a day ensure easy handling of last-minute tasking requests.
An automated production system generates 20km x 20km orthorectified images in just 30 minutes.
Availability and Flexibility
The Pléiades constellation has the ability to acquire a maximum number of images, matching imaging modes closely to users’ needs:
Maximum acquisition capacity of 1 million sq.km per day, per satellite.
Exceptional agility to maximize acquisitions of a specific area of interest.
Pléiades, a civil/military programme integrated with SPOT 6 and 7
The Pléiades programme stems from the ORFEO cooperation agreements established in September 2001 by the French and Italian space agencies to develop a dual-use Earth-imaging system offering sub-metric resolution.
The two Pléiades satellites will operate in a phased orbit with SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, the successors to SPOT 5. This constellation of four satellites will provide an ideal combination of detail and coverage, with dual daily revisits to any point on the globe.
With Pléiades 1B and SPOT 6&7, scheduled for launch in 2012 and 2013, Astrium is set to offer unrivalled capabilities guaranteeing users the right information at the right time.