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Airbus Defence and Space signs first Pléiades contract

Very high resolution satellite imagery products at 50cm

Airbus Defence and Space and Japanese geospatial solutions provider PASCO have signed a partnership agreement – the first for the Pléiades constellation for very-high-resolution satellite imagery. Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the design, development, build, and delivery of the satellites.

The partnership agreement gives the Japanese company access to Pléiades solutions and technologies. In Japan, PASCO will distribute 50-cm resolution products from the Pléiades constellation as well as innovative services to support near-real-time applications.

The satellites’ extreme agility coupled with multiple acquisition modes makes the Pléiades system very responsive to specific user requirements.

PASCO will be able to offer ready-to-use imagery in one hour from the time of tasking: cutting-edge reactivity for satellites in this class. This coupled with a product resolution of 50cm will provide Japan with an outstanding solution for precision mapping as well as crisis management.

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