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Pléaides: First images

Paris and San Francisco

Launched during the night of 16 to 17 December 2011 on a Soyuz vehicle from Kourou (French Guiana), the French Space Agency CNES’ Pléiades 1A satellite has unveiled its first images.

Designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for CNES, Pléiades is a very high resolution dual-use observation system for civil and military users.

Pléaides: First images (San Francisco)

One of Pléaides 1A’s most notable qualities is its exceptional acquisition capability – being highly agile it is able to capture imagery through 360° and produce stereo image cover. Pléiades 1A will supply imagery at a resolution of 70 cm which will then be processed on the ground to achieve a robust 50 cm resolution suitable for further processing for numerous geo-information applications.

The military images produced by the satellite will be directly received by military mission centres, while those for civil users will be received by Airbus Defence and Space – the sole civil distributor – at its ground stations.

[Excerpts from CNES website]

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