Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Pléiades 1B will be launched November 30th
November 27th, 2012 by Susan Smith
Remote sensing aficionados will be pleased to know that Astrium Services is launching their Pléiades 1B on Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:02 pm Kourou local time (Saturday, 1 December 2:02 UTC). Pleiades 1B is the second satellite in the Pléiades constellation and will be orbited by a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Arianespace at www.arianespace.tv will be the official broadcasters of the launch.
The grand plan is to have a constellation of four satellites in orbit combining a double daily revisit capability and an ingenious range of resolutions. They will deliver 50 cm imagery products. Once Pléiades 1B has joined Pléiades 1A in orbit, they will form a constellation of identical twin satellites operated by Astrium Services. The two satellites will be phased 180° on the same orbit to ensure delivery of 50-cm products and SPOT 6 and SPOT 7. Civil and military users will get faster imaging of areas of interest, a regular surveillance capability and a twofold increase in coverage.