|Pléiades-1, the newest high-resolution commercial color imaging satellite, was launched on December 16, 2011 from Sinnamary, French Guiana. Pléiades-1 is the first of two high resolution satellites to be launched by Astrium (An EADS Company). The second satellite, Pléiades-2, is expected to launch in late 2012. Pléiades-1 has a maximum acquisition capacity of 1 million sq. km per day and has exceptional agility to maximize acquisitions of a specific area of interest using 5 acquisition modes: Target, Strip Mapping, Tristereo, Corridor and Persistent Surveillance.
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||430–550 nm (blue)
490–610 nm (green)
510–580 nm (green)
600–720 nm (red)
||Colour: 50cm (merge) Bundle: 50cm Panchromatic; 2m Multispectral
||4.5m CE 90 (exclusive of terrain displacement) with refined altitude data without Ground Control Points (GCP's)
||20km (single pass mosaics up to 100km x 100km)
||12-bits per pixel
||Pléiades-1 is the first high resolution satellite to commercially offer Tristereo capability
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France image collected by the Pléiades-1 satellite on January 27, 2012 Courtesy of Astrium (An EADS Company)
West Kowloon - Hong Kong image collected by the Pléiades satellite on February 1, 2012 Courtesy of Astrium (An EADS Company)
Ting Kau Bridge - Hong Kong image collected by the Pléiades satellite on February 1, 2012 Courtesy of Astrium (An EADS Company)