Despite Covid challenges and in line with what was promised four years earlier, the first two Pléiades Neo satellites are qualified and well prepared for launch. With launch now planned with Vega in the early 2021, they are in finally prepared for their departure to the Guyana Space Centre.
What is Pléiades Neo?
Completely financed, manufactured, retained, and run by Airbus, Pléiades Neo is a revolution in the Earth reflection domain that will offer customers with the top-level service over the coming periods. The Pléiades Neo includes four identical and very spright satellites, whose resources are 100 percent commercially accessible. The satellites are able to reach at any point on the globe at least twice daily, which are phased at 90° and functioned on the same orbit. In addition, their responsive tasking ability means they can make crucial attainments 30 to 40 minutes following appeal and react to the most perilous situations in the actual time.
Based on the Airbus S950 optical platform, Each Pléiades Neo satellite, will augment half a million km² of imagery per day to Airbus’ directories, and convey first-rate performance:
- Advanced agility for augmented scene acquisition density, thanks to Control Momentum Gyroscopes and compact design
- Better availability and faster attention, thanks to high satellite agility and high rate image transmission better tasking and faster decision-making
– Possible in every orbit (multiplied by 5 likened to Pléiades)
– Newest meteorological material taken into account
- Supplementary spectral bands: deep blue (bathymetry applications) and red-edge (crop and vegetation monitoring) to shield a wide range of high added-value applications, thanks to a groundbreaking infrastructure. The associated images will be available straight from customers’ Direct Delivery Stations and through Airbus’ digital platform OneAtlas.
Following are some of the key features of Pléiades Neo that cannot be missed –
- There are Constellation of four identical satellites carrying 30cm resolution
- The first two satellites are planned for launch in early 2021, while the second batch in Q2 2022
- It is the first European satellite constellation at this resolution
- Its Resource is wholly dedicated to the commercial market
- It delivers the acquisition capacity of 2m km² per day with four satellites
- The Intraday revisit capacity is at least twice a day anywhere on Earth
- Its Satellites are fortified with Laser Communication Terminals through the SpaceDataHighway (EDRS)
- It is complemented with the overall Airbus constellation of optical and radar sensors
The complete Pléiades Neo system is designed so that the satellites can be tasked on every orbit, up to 15 minutes before polar station visibility, which means that Pléiades Neo can meet the most urgent requests also. They can meet a wide range of customers’ needs, offering more detail and fresher information.
Thus, the Airbus accomplishes the world’s largest satellite constellation, with radar and optical sensors. In addition, today, with comprising 12 satellites plus partner satellites as well, coupled with exceptional agility, they will soon be accompanied by Pléiades Neo and CO3D. They will also be delivering unparalleled refresh rates for very high-resolution imagery.
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