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PLEIADES
PLEIADES-HR SATELLITE
Very high resolution panchromatic and multispectral Earth observation satellite.
Altitude: 694 km
Sun-synchronous, phased and almost circular orbit.
Lifetime: 5 years

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The project main steps

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Pleiades: a multi-missions concept and a partnership program.

The decision about the setting up of the Pleiades program is the result of an in-depth study about the user needs evolution. A cooperation program was initiated between France and Italy, taking advantage of all the CNES Earth observation skills, to develop ORFEO, a dual Earth observation system with metric resolution, in which Pleiades (France) is the optic component and Cosmo-Skymed (Italy) is the radar component.

This component is made of two "small satellites" (mass of one ton) offering a spatial resolution at nadir of 0.7 m and a field of view of 20 km. Their great agility enables a daily access all over the world, which is a critical need for defence and civil security applications, and a coverage capacity necessary for the cartography kind of applications at scales better than those accessible to SPOT family satellites. Moreover, PLEIADES have stereoscopic acquisition capacity to meet the fine cartography needs, notably in urban regions, and to bring complete information given by aerial photography.

With respect to the constraints of the franco-italian agreement, cooperations have been set up for the PLEIADES optical component with Sweden, Belgium, Spain and Austria.

Film sur la mission PLEIADES
PLEIADES mission picto video [~296 Mb]


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NEWS
November 2012
Pléiades: towards a new radiometric model of the Moon?
 
December 11, 2012
First images taken by Pléiades-1B
 
December 2, 2012
Successful launch of Pléiades-1B
 
December 1, 2012
Pléiades-1B will join its twin, in orbit since one year at 694 km altitude
 
November 2012
Sandy's damages at Port-au-Prince seen by Pléiades-1A
 
October 23, 2012
Pléiades-1B satellite went to Guiana on October 23 where its launch campaign is underway
 
July 2012
PLEIADES activated to help recue teams in Russia
 
June 26, 2012
End of the Image Quality in-flight commissioning
 
June 4, 2012
Beginning of the commercial distribution of PLEIADES-1A images
 
March 3, 2012
End of system in-flight commissioning