Airbus’s Pléiades Neo constellation delivers first images
Information from Airbus
The first satellite of the Pléiades Neo constellation was launched into orbit on 29 April 2021, with the initial images from the satellite appearing sharp even before full radiometric and system calibrations. The image quality is expected to improve over the next months through calibration.
Imagery from Pléiades Neo 3 (the first satellite) is expected to become commercially available in the third quarter of 2021 and will be accessible on Airbus’s OneAtlas digital platform, allowing customers access to freshly acquired and archive data, as well as analytics.
Each of the four identical Pléiades Neo satellites will add half a million km² of imagery per day at 30 cm native resolution. The constellation features 6 spectral bands (including deep blue), 3 m location accuracy, and two intra-day revisits. The detailed detections of small objects, such as vehicles and road markings, will provide more ground truth for image analysts and improved reliability for machine learning.
Pléiades Neo 3 will soon be joined by its twin, Pléiades Neo 4, followed by the launch of Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 in 2022. The spacecraft have inter-satellite links with the SpaceDataHighway (EDRS) geostationary satellites to enable urgent acquisitions 30 to 40 minutes following the tasking request.