Optical and Radar Data

The Most Extensive and Accurate Imagery Solutions with a Unique Constellation

Take advantage of the most extensive and accurate surveillance solutions, with optical and radar satellite imagery, and a wealth of related products and services for smarter decision making.

A Unique Constellation

Airbus Defence and Space is the only company in the industry to guarantee access by operating both radar and optical satellites.
Our service continuity is guaranteed until 2024 and beyond.

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Pléiades Neo
(launch in 2020)
Swath 14km Revisit capacity twice daily, anywhere Resolution
Panchromatic: 30cm
Multispectral: 1.2m
Daily acquisition capacity: 2,000,000km²
Pléiades Swath 20km Revisit capacity twice daily, anywhere Resolution
Panchromatic: 50cm
Multispectral: 2m
Daily acquisition capacity: 700,000km²
Vision-1 Swath 20.8km Revisit capacity daily to 8 days Resolution
Panchromatic: 0.9m
Multispectral: 3.5m
Daily acquisition capacity: 20,000km²
SPOT 6/7 Swath 60km Revisit capacity twice daily, anywhere Resolution
Panchromatic: 1.5m
Multispectral: 6m
Daily acquisition capacity: 6,000,000km²
Radar Constellation Swath from 4-270km Revisit capacity daily for most latitudes Resolution
25cm to 40m
Daily acquisition capacity: 5,400,000km²
DMC Constellation Swath 640km Revisit capacity daily to every 2 days, everywhere on Earth Resolution
Daily acquisition capacity: 10,000,000km²
(3rd Party)
Swath 20km Revisit capacity 2-3 days Resolution
Daily acquisition capacity: 220,000km²


The most extensive and accurate imagery offer


Pléiades is an optical satellite constellation providing very high-resolution products (50cm) with a 20km swath.

Both the space and the ground segment have been designed to provide information in record time, offering daily revisit capacity to any point on the globe and outstanding acquisition capabilities to meet the full spectrum of civil and military requirements.

The Pléiades constellation is the right answer to extract accurate information and bring powerful insight to make informed decisions.

Pléiades key features:

  • Very-high-resolution multispectral twin satellites [50-cm products]
  • Daily revisit capacity and highly reactive tasking
  • Advanced agility including 5 collection scenarios: Target, Strip Mapping, Tri-Stereo, Corridor and Persistent
  • Surveillance
  • Truly available satellite resource capacity
  • Stereo / Tristereo capacity and fresh archive

Your advantages with Pléiades:

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Detailed & Precise: ideal for precision mapping and in-depth intelligence

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Fast & Frequent: particularly suitable for emergency response and up-to-daily change detection

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Available & Reactive: with an industry leading collection success rate, Pléiades is the unanimous choice for new collections and timely decision-making

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Accurate orthorectified imagery as a standard & detailed and solid 3D models, affordable even in the most inaccessible locations

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Vision-1 provides <1m high-resolution imagery with full end-to-end mission operation services. Vision-1 is capable of acquiring multispectral imagery at 3.5m resolution and panchromatic imagery at 0.9m.

Vision-1 data further enhances our constellation monitoring capabilities and is particularly suited for defence, security, maritime and agriculture applications.

Vision-1 was launched with NovaSAR in 2018 creating the first, true OptiSAR constellation.

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Vision-1 key features:

  • Detailed 0.9m imagery products, 3.5m Multispectral bands (NIR, RGB)
  • 20.8km swath
  • Additional data source for increased freshness
  • Analysis ready data

Your advantages with Vision-1:

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Advanced agility and available capacity

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Facilitates near real-time imaging

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The SPOT imagery products offer high resolution over broad areas using the SPOT satellites: SPOT 6/7.

A SPOT satellite acquisition covers large areas in a single pass at resolutions up to 1.5m. Such precise coverage is ideal for applications at national and regional scales from 1:250,000 to 1:15,000.

The SPOT archive contains more than 100 billion square kilometres acquired since 1986, a unique database for temporal evolution monitoring. The SPOT satellites can also be tasked in a reactive manner to meet your time and space requirements.

SPOT key features:

  • Stereo and tristereo capacity
  • Ideal for 1:25,000 topographic mapping: Feature extraction (2D & 3D stereo plotting, geometric accuracy down to 1.2m CE90, elevation and contour lines)
  • Daily revisit anywhere by SPOT 6 or SPOT 7
  • Maximum acquisition capacity of 3 Million km² per day per satellite

Your Advantages with SPOT:

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Unique solution on the market for national coverage (2D/3D) with precision
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Huge coverage capacity strengthened by efficient management of weather forecasts
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Ultimate reactivity from new acquisition ordering to product delivery
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Accuracy: Orthorectified imagery as a standard, high imagery quality

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Radar Constellation (TerraSAR-X/PAZ)

The German TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X satellite formation and Spanish PAZ satellite (Hisdesat) operate in the same orbit tube and feature identical ground swaths. Together they form the ‘Radar Constellation’. The satellites carry a high frequency X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor in order to acquire datasets ranging from very high-resolution to wide area coverage. Data is collected independent of weather and daylight conditions.

The Radar Constellation provides an increased acquisition capacity as well as an improved global mean revisit time (~ daily revisit) and a significantly reduced interferometric repeat cycle (4 days / 7 days), supporting data-hungry, high monitoring frequency applications.

Our Radar Constellation key features:

  • Imagery of varying modes with a flexible spatial resolution (from 25cm to 40m) and footprint
  • Geometric accuracy unrivalled by any other commercial spaceborne sensor today
  • Excellent radiometric accuracy • Weather-independent site access to any point on Earth
  • Unique agility (rapid switches between imaging modes and polarisations)

Your Advantages with our Radar Constellation:

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Reliable, weather & daylight independent image acquisition & monitoring capability

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Near-Real-Time (NRT) data & information delivery over large areas, for ship detection. Large area coverage with unique resolution

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Capability to measure surface heights, surface movements

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Best commercially available radar solution up to 25cm for IMINT applications

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DMC Constellation

The DMC Constellation provides rapid repeat coverage of the largest countries, regions and even continents. The DMC Constellation is capable of acquiring multispectral imagery at 22-24m resolution and panchromatic imagery at 12m. Image size is adjustable up to very large images (i.e. 640 x 1,300km).

Access to the DMC Constellation data supports our users in the development of applications and services across various markets such as wide-area change detection, forestry, agriculture, disaster management, land cover mapping and environmental monitoring.

The DMC Constellation offers multiple options for new imagery tasking through the “OneTasking” offer, as well as an extensive imagery archive going back to 2004.

Alsat-1B and KazSTSAT joined the DMC Constellation in 2019 to ensure continuity of the mission, and brings additional spectral bands and enhanced coverage frequency to the constellation.

Our DMC Constellation key features:

  • Rapid coverage of large areas
  • Very frequent revisit worldwide (1-2 days)
  • Adjustable image size with option for wide swath and very large images (i.e. 640 x 1,300km)
  • Large daily collection capacity (>10,000,000km²/day)
  • Optimised image acquisition around cloud cover
  • Cross-calibrated satellites
  • Seamless compatibility with Landsat ETM+

Your Advantages with our DMC Constellation:

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Countries, regions and continents covered rapidly

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Cost-effective monitoring tool

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Timely image collection within short acquisition windows

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Rapid delivery of data, including directly to the user via DRS

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KazEOSat-1 is the 1m resolution satellite manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space - the world’s leading exporter of Earth observation satellites – and operated by KGS, its strategic partner in Kazakhstan. KazEOSat-1 delivers high quality mono and stereo imagery over challenging Areas of Interest, at a competitive price.

KazEOSat-1 Key Features:

  • Agile and effective: multi-strip acquisitions and stereo capacity
  • Accurate and reliable: First-rate geometric and radiometric qualities
  • Optimized and accessible tasking resource

Your Advantages with KazEOSat-1:

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Ideal for topographic mapping up to 1:15,000 scale and demanding applications

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Rapid collection and delivery of tricky targets for oil, gas and mining sectors and defence purposes

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Cost-effective solution for new collections in both mono and stereo

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