Just days after its successful launch on Dec. 2, 2012, the advanced sensors on board the French PlÃ©iades 1B Earth observation satellite are collecting some amazingly vivid Earth images.
The PlÃ©iades 1B satellite will be phased 180 degrees with PlÃ©iades 1A on the same orbit to form a true constellation, offering daily revisits to any point on the globe. PlÃ©iades 1B's launch marks the third step in the formation of a constellation of four satellites, combining a double daily revisit capability and a range of resolutions.
Beginning in 2014, with the launch of the SPOT 7 satellite, the constellation will be complete, comprising PlÃ©iades 1A and PlÃ©iades 1B, delivering 50-cm imagery products, and SPOT 6 and SPOT 7, which are designed to assure continuity of service after SPOT 5 and supply 1.5-meter data products. SPOT 6 was launched on Sept. 9, 2012. Astrium Services is the exclusive distributor of data and geo-information products from this unique constellation.
Image courtesy of Astrium Services/Spot Image S.A.