Pleiades Neo: 30 cm resolution imagery for unmatched accuracy and reactivity


Published on 3 June 2022

Airbus' Pléiades Neo constellation represents a breakthrough in earth observation, creating one of the most advanced optical constellations for commercial, institutional and governmental organisations. With four identical 30-cm-resolution spacecrafts, the constellation offers reactive tasking, along with the ability to visit any point on the globe at least twice daily. 

High resolution Pléiades Neo imagery offers an unmatched level of detail, including more visibility of small objects such as vehicles and road markings. This level of detection, recognition and identification provides more ground truth for image analysts and improves reliability for machine learning capabilities.

The constellation will also deliver higher geolocation accuracy and deeper spectral band information, allowing more insights to be derived for various applications, including the monitoring of commercial activities, maritime zones and the environment; along with mapping, infrastructure and urban development. 

Pléiades Neo, offering panchromatic imagery at a resolution of 0.3 m (1.2 m for multispectral), provides continuity for the Pléiades mission, with enhanced performance in terms of accuracy, reactivity and frequency. 

Venice, Italy as seen by Pléiades NEO. Click here to view the image at full resolution.

Venice, Italy as seen by Pléiades NEO. Click here to view the image at full resolution.

How to get access to the data

Pléiades Neo imagery can be purchased commercially via – among others – the owner and operator Airbus Defence and Space and their Belgian partner GIM.

Apart from the commercial offer, researchers can also obtain the new constellation's data for research and development projects upon submission of a project proposal subject to evaluation and acceptance by the European Space Agency and the data owner.

ESA will support as many high-quality and innovative projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited number of products may be provided to each project. Availability and restrictions to the use of the data are described in the ESA Third Party Missions (TPM) T&C and in the Terms of Applicability document.

Also, don't forget that we have our own dedicated platform to order Pléiades data (from the original constellation) at rock-bottom prices, also allowing access to all images already purchased free of charge. Go and check out the Pléiades 4 Belgium platform now!