(24 May 2021)
Airbus has published the first collection of sharp
images at 30cm native resolution from the Pléiades Neo 3 satellite,
which was recently launched and secured in orbit.
The successful acquisitions and delivery of these
first images are the start of a new era for both commercial and
government geospatial applications requiring a high level of
accuracy and the ability to see fine details.
In the one the pictured on this page, it is easy to count each and
every limestone block of the Giza Pyramids, and even the number of
In others, the multi-layered construction of
across the years can also be seen in detail,
whilst urban areas and modern architecture, and their
comprehensive diversity, are clearly visible in the images over
The already very sharp images were acquired
before full radiometric and system calibrations and the quality
is expected to improve over the next few months.
The Pléiades Neo constellation will comprise
of four identical and very agile satellites, offering reactive
tasking and intraday revisit of any point on Earth. Entirely
funded, designed, manufactured, owned and operated by Airbus, each
satellite will add half a million km² per day at 30cm native
The next milestone of the Pléiades Neo programme
is the launch of Pléiades Neo 4, which is already at the launch
site in Kourou, French Guiana. It is expected to launch in summer
2021, followed by the launch of Pléiades Neo 5 and 6, in 2022.
Imagery from Pléiades Neo 3 is scheduled to become commercially available in
Q3 2021, after calibration has been completed.
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