The Pléiades constellation is composed of two synchronous optical satellites, Pléiades-1A and Pléiades-1B, which were successfully launched on December 16, 2011. Each satellite sits 180 degrees apart in the same orbit, and work in conjunction with each other to allow a daily revisit to any location on the planet, increasing the chances of obtaining a cloud-free image.


The constellation can obtain imagery in three forms: Panchromatic, Multi-Spectral and Orthorectified Colour Data.
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Parameter PLEIADES
Orbit Altitude 694km
Spectral Bands Five Spectral Bands (480-915nm) with a panchromatic (0.5m), visible (2.0m) and near-infrared (2.0m) band
Swath Width 20km
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) 0.5 – 2.0m
Launch/Life Expectancy 2011 - 2020
Revisit Time 1 day

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