Pléiades 1A and 1B

Pléiades 1A and 1B, launched in 2011 and 2012, are satellites that can provide accurate imagery for a variety of purposes.

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Technical Specifications

ProviderAirbus Defence and Space
ResolutionPanchromatic: 50cm GSD 
Multispectral: 2m GSD
Swath width20km at nadir
Accuracy3m CE90 at nadir 
50cm with suitable ground control
BandsPanchromatic: 470 - 830 nm 
Blue: 430 - 550 nm 
Green: 500 - 620 nm 
Red: 590 - 710 nm 
Near infrared: 740 - 940 nm
Stereo availableYes - Stereo and Tri-Stereo
CoverageApproximately 1 million km² per day
Altitude694 km


Pléiades 1A and 1B are high-resolution Earth observation satellites developed by Airbus Defence and Space. Launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively, these satellites provide detailed and accurate optical imaging data for various applications, including mapping, surveillance, and environmental monitoring. With their advanced technical specifications and agile imaging capabilities, Pléiades 1A and 1B offer exceptional image quality and responsiveness, making them valuable assets for industries and organisations that require precise and up-to-date geospatial information.

High-resolution imaging
High-resolution imaging

High-resolution imagery enabling the detection of fine details and precise mapping.

Agile imaging capabilities
Agile imaging capabilities

Agile imaging rapidly captures targeted areas of interest upon request.

Accurate and wide coverage
Accurate and wide coverage

Pléiades 1A and 1B offer accurate geolocation and wide coverage for mapping.

Features and Benefits

  • Pléiades 1A and 1B offer high-resolution optical imaging data, with a panchromatic resolution of 0.5m and a multispectral resolution of 2m. This enables the detection of fine details and provides valuable information for precise mapping, change detection, and infrastructure monitoring.
  • Pléiades satellites have agile imaging capabilities, allowing them to rapidly respond to tasking requests and capture targeted areas of interest. This responsiveness enables timely monitoring of dynamic events and efficient data collection for time-sensitive projects.
  • Pléiades 1A and 1B provide accurate geolocation of imagery, ensuring precise positioning of objects on the Earth's surface. This accuracy is essential for various applications, such as cartography, urban planning, and disaster response.
  • The multispectral bands (Blue, Green, Red, Near-Infrared) of Pléiades 1A and 1B facilitate advanced analysis of vegetation, land cover classification, and environmental monitoring. This spectral information aids in understanding the Earth's surface characteristics and supports diverse applications.
  • With a swath width of 20 km, Pléiades 1A and 1B offer a broad coverage area, making them suitable for large-scale mapping projects, regional monitoring, and land cover assessments.

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