Pléiades Neo are the latest 4 satellite constellation in Earth observation. Developed by Airbus, the new state of the art satellites bring advanced delivery cycle and acquisition of satellite imagery.
The Pléiades-Neo, also known as VHR-2020, comprises a total of 4 satellites with 2 currently in orbit. Pléiades Neo 3 was successfully launched on 29 April 2021 and Pléiades Neo 4 was launched 16 August 2021, both from an Airanespace Vega launch vehicle in Kourou, French Guiana. View the first launch. The remaining satellites are set for launch in 2022. Designed by Airbus Defence & Space as a follow on to the Pléiades-HR satellites, the Neo constellation are the latest in high resolution Earth observation.
Each satellite adds half a million km² of 30cm imagery per day to the Airbus catalogue. The constellation will allow twice daily revisits to any point on Earth enabling large scale projects to be captured rapidly.
Some of the main applications for Pléiades Neo include urban observation, monitoring and land use, defence, machine learning datasets, mapping on large scale projects whilst enabling for advanced analytics.
Features and Benefits
- Precision with advanced accurate geolocation.
- Improved acquisition success rate.
- Enhanced reactivity for rapid delivery on last minute tasking requests.
- High resolution imagery at 30cm.
- Each satellite adding half a million km² of 30cm imagery per day to the Airbus catalogue.
- 50cm Digital Elevation Models (DEM) with Tri-Stereo capability allowing for more accurate DEM production.
- 6 multispectral bands which is ideal for spectral analysis and machine learning.
- Twice daily revisit to any point on Earth.
VHR 0.3m Ground Sample Distance (GSD)
< 5m CE90 at nadir
Yes – Mono, Stereo and Tri-Stereo
Combined constellation up to 2 million km² per day