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Two Satellite Constellation Delivers High-Resolution Satellite Imagery


Pléiades 1A and Pléiades 1B operate as a constellation in the same orbit, phased 180° apart. The identical twin satellites deliver very-high-resolution optical data products in record time and offer a daily revisit capability to any point on the globe.

The Pléiades constellation is designed to obtain data quickly:

  • Ability to acquire imagery anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours in response to a crisis or natural disaster
  • Regular monitoring, as often as every day if required
  • Three satellite work plans a day ensure easy handling of last-minute tasking requests
  • Twice the coverage and twice the chance of obtaining cloud-free imagery

Offering an ideal combination of coverage, resolution and speed, Pléiades products are especially useful for applications in defense, civil protection, hazard management, urban mapping, precision agriculture and network and infrastructure administration.

SATELLITE DESCRIPTION Two-satellite constellation that delivers very-high-resolution optical data products in record time and offers a daily revisit capability to any point on the globe.
PRIMARY MISSION  High resolution land observation
INSTRUMENT TYPE  High resolution optical
Multispectral; 5 VNIR channels, 4 multi-spectral (MS), one panchromatic (PAN)
REVISIT TIME 1 day for Constellation
RESOLUTION CLASS  High Resolution: 2.8 m (Multispectral), 0.7 m (Panchromatic)
DATA COLLECTION CAPACITY 1M km2 per day, per satellite
COVERAGE PER CYCLE Global coverage in 26 days
LAUNCH DATE  ​2011-12-16 /​ 2012-12-02
ORBIT Sun-synchronous orbit
ALTITUDE  ​694 km
SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS  Panchromatic: 470 – 830 nm
Blue: 430 – 550 nm
Green: 500 – 620 nm
Red: 590 – 710 nm
Near-infrared: 740 – 940 nm
General Terms of UsePDF15.66 KB
Pléiades Data Sheet PDF3.49 MB
Pléiades License AgreementPDF144.65 KB