Following the successful launch of the second Pléiades Neo satellite (Pléiades Neo 4), we would like to explain how these Very High-Resolution (VHR) optical satellites are more reactive and the benefits this brings to defence customers.

At the beginning of July, Airbus attended the SOFINS Special Forces exhibition in Bordeaux, France, a successful event that highlighted the need for real-time and near real-time precise solutions to support time-sensitive operations. Pléiades Neo is cumulating a certain number of assets, all unique on the market, aiming at increasing satellite reactivity and rapidly providing 30cm native resolution imagery over any Area of Interest (AOI) on the planet.

Easy access

Pléiades Neo is 100% available for Airbus customers. They are the ones choosing the level of priority of the tasking. Forget administrative procedures and get your image when you need it. The tasking will be also made available on OneAtlas, our digital platform giving access to all past and future Airbus imagery.

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Fifteen tasking plans per day, per satellite

To allow more flexibility, when the full constellation is in orbit, customers can get up to 15 windows of tasking possibilities per day. Decision makers benefit from the freshest imagery to base their decisions upon.

Ultra-reactive tasking and download

For the highest priority situations and depending on AOIs, Pléiades Neo can be coupled with the Space Data Highway, an exclusive Airbus laser communication service enabling to load data in space more rapidly. You get more flexibility to task the satellite. (down to 1 hour before it covers the targeted AOI)– and to load the image (less than an hour).

Increased revisit

Having a glimpse of a situation at a specific time is key, but being able to update this situation near real-time and follow up from a distance on what is going on, is even better. Pléiades Neo introduces an intra-day revisit capability. Depending on the AOIs, up to 4 revisits are made possible within a timeframe of 24 hours, providing insight of how a situation is evolving and potentially enabling adaptions to ongoing operations.

These unique capabilities highlight the increasing role of optical satellites within Defence whether for strategic or to support quick reaction forces generic defence term.