Satellite Imagery for Big Events

Satellites’ Contribution to Major Sports Events

2016 is a year of world sport. The main highlights for this year are the UEFA Football Championship in France from 10th June through to 10th July, and the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro

Such big events are always accompanied by large civil engineering projects, which rely on detailed and accurate geo-information for feasibility studies, design and construction phases. Satellite data can support these projects with dependable information for site assessments, project planning and progress as well as environmental impact monitoring - even in remote areas.

Pléiades satellites imaged the ten stadiums that host the 15th edition of the European Football Championship. They monitored the major urban development work and reveal the architectural style of 21st century sports facilities. 

The Rio 2016 Games will provide the best possible environment for peak performances. Athletes will enjoy world-class facilities, all located in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, in a compact layout for maximum convenience.

The competition venues will be clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transport ring. Nearly half of the athletes will be able to reach their venues in less than 10 minutes, and almost 75% will do so in less than 25 minutes. Of the 34 competition venues, eight will undergo some permanent works, seven will be temporary and nine are being constructed as permanent legacy venues.

Radar and optical satellites have been mobilised for more than three years to monitor, observe and promote these large-scale urban development works.

Click here to get geo-information about the sports facilities in Rio de Janeiro


TerraSar-X Barra Da Tujica

Change Detection with TerraSAR-X: Barra da Tijuca

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Pleiade Barra Da Tujica

Urban development seen by Pléiades

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Stadium of TUS Immenstaad, 10th June, 10:40 am

For the Intelligence programme line of Airbus Defence and Space the most anticipated sporting event was held on 10th June: the first edition of the Intelligence Cup. Eight soccer teams from across our European sites competed for the cup. Pléiades has witnessed this exciting competition.

Satellite Imagery for Big Events