The Pléiades satellite system was designed for both civil and military purposes under the French-Italian ORFEO (Optical & Radar Federated Earth Observation) program in 2001 – 2003. In October 2003, CNES (the French Space Agency) and EADS Astrium (an aerospace manufacturer subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) emerged as prime contractors and launched the Pléiades program.
The constellation comprises two satellites, Pléiades 1A and Pléiades 1B, operating in the same phased orbit and fitted with cutting-edge technologies such as fiber-optic gyros and control moment gyros, which enable Pléiades to deliver exceptional roll, pitch and yaw (slew) agility as well as to increase the number of acquisitions above the defined area, therefore making the whole system perfect for emergency response and change detection.
The Pléiades-HR 1A was launched on December 17, 2011, from the Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana, and was joined by Pléiades-HR 1B on December 2, 2012. The Pléiades 1s were the first satellites in Airbus Defense and Space Constellation capable of collecting 1 million square km of high-resolution imagery per day, per satellite. The system delivers 50-centimeter panchromatic and 2-meter 4-band multispectral products with one of the widest footprints of any satellite at 20 kilometers.
The agility of the Pléiades satellites alongside the dynamic image acquisition programming make them highly responsive to final user requests and able to obtain and deliver data in record time.
The leading features of the system can be defined as follows:
The data provided by the Pléiades system can be employed in very-high-resolution remote sensing applications. The data is applicable to:
The Pléiades imagery is available for download and archiving at both the defense and civil stations in France, Spain and Sweden.
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