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Pleiades NEO

Ensuring permanence of Airbus’ Earth optical imaging service until 2032, the four satellites operate as a constellation, combining a twice-daily visit frequency capability anyday anywhere at a very high resolution 30 cm.

Briefly about the main thing

With four identical Pléiades Neo optical satellites launched in 2021 and 2022, Airbus Defence and Space Intelligence brings it’s already leading constellation to the next level, and enters the very high-resolution market, at 30cm resolution.

The genesis of Pléiades Neo comes from the success of its predecessor, Pléiades. This new constellation will guarantee continuity and the quality of service that we provide to our customers, with increased performance to meet tomorrow’s application requirements.

The Pléiades Neo satellites are launched on board Arianespace’s rocket in 2021 and 2022, from Europe’s space port in Kourou, French Guiana.

Specyfikacje techniczne

Launch date
April 29, 2021 (Pleiades NEO-3), August 17, 2021 года (Pleiades NEO-4)
Launching place
Kourou Cosmodrome (French Guiana)
Launching vehicle
Vega, Arianespace
Developer
Airbus Defence and Space, France
Operator
Airbus Defence and Space
Weight
920 kg
Type of orbit
Solar-synchronous
Orbit height
620 км
Orbit inclination
97,9 deg.
Estimated service life
10 year
Sensor bands, Panchromatic, nm
0,45-0,80
Sensor bands, Multispectral,nm
0,40-0,45 (deep blue) 0,45-0,52 (blue) 0,53-0,59 (green) 0,62-0,69 (red) 0,70-0,75 (red edge), 0,77-0,88 (near IR)
Sensor resolution, Panchromatic (or GSD, ground sample distance; in-nadir)
0,3
Sensor resolution, Multispectral (or GSD, ground sample distance; in-nadir)
1,2
Maximum off-nadir angle
50
Geolocation accuracy, m
CE90 = 3,5
Dynamic range,bits per pixel
12
Swath width, km
14
Daily productivity, mln sq.km./day
0,5 of 1 satellite
Revisit frequency
1 (depending on the width of the area)
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