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Pleiades-1B Satellite Sensor
Pleiades-1B satellite was successfully launched on December 2, 2012. Built by ASTRIUM, the satellite was launched from a Soyuz launcher at the European Space Centre in French Guiana.
About the Pleiades-1B Satellite
Pleiades-1B is the second dual-use, very-high-resolution satellite for the Pleiades constellation.
The launch of Pleiades-1B marks the third step in the formation of a constellation of four satellites combining a double daily revisit capability and an ingenious range of resolutions.
Above: Pleiades-1B Satellite Sensor (courtesy ASTRIUM)
Pleiades-1A and 1B satellites will be phased 180° apart in the same near-polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 694 km, enabling daily revisits to any location on the planet which makes it ideal for mapping large scale areas including engineering and construction projects, monitoring of mining, industrial and military complexes, conflict zones and crisis/disaster areas, natural hazards, evacuation and rescue operations.
Pleiades-1A and Pleiades-1B will deliver 0.5m imagery products, and SPOT-6 and SPOT-7, designed to assure continuity of service after SPOT-5 (2.5/5m) to supply high-resolution data products at 1.5m. SPOT-6 was launched on September 9, 2012.
In addition to their high precision, the Pleiades satellites are also notable for their remarkable agility, which enables tilted imaging from nadir and operation in several acquisition modes (20 images over 1000 x 1000 km2, stereo, 3D, mosaic, corridor, etc.).
Pleiades-1B Satellite Sensor Characteristics
|Imagery Products||50-cm black and white
Bundle: 50-cm B&W and 2-meter multispectral
|Spectral Bands||P: 480-830 nm
Blue: 430-550 nm
Green: 490-610 nm
Red: 600-720 nm
Near Infrared: 750-950 nm
|Image Location Accuracy||With ground control points: 1m
Without ground control points: 3m (CE90)
|Imaging Capacity||Daily constellation capacity: 1,000,000 sq.km.
Strip mapping (mosaic): 100 km x 100 km
Stereo imaging: 20 km x 280 km
Max. spots over 100 km x 200 km: 30 (crisis mode)
|Imaging Swath||20 km at nadir|
Pleiades-1B Satellite Image Gallery
For Pleiades-1B sample images, please visit the Pleiades-1B image gallery.